• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology is an international interdisciplinary study programme offered by the Faculty of Science in collaboration with the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Biology. The two-year programme focuses on functions and interactions of living cells and their molecular constituents, drawing on research methods used within the field.


The Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Leuven) programme provides in-depth training in the multidisciplinary fields of biophysics and biochemistry, with particular emphasis on subfields in which KU Leuven's research expertise is internationally recognised: 

  • the determination of molecular structures,
  • molecular and supramolecular modelling,
  • the spectroscopy of biomolecules, the biofunctional surfaces and interfaces,
  • the nanobiophysics, the physical modelling of complex systems and the study of these models,
  • the transport through ion channels in membranes,
  • the study of molecular interactions and physical principles in vitro, in complex biological machineries and in the living cell.

 This study programme will prepare and equip you to enter the workplace with all the necessary skills, expertise and experience to solve many of the greatest challenges facing the fields of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Programme outline

Students on this two year Master programme will select one of two profiles, either Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Introductory courses comprise a maximum of 18 ECTS points can be obtained from the introductory courses in order to fill any gaps. Core courses are specific to each of the two profiles and through Elective Courses, students may select relevant courses from the entire programme offered at the university if they have the approval of the programme director. 

Finally, 30 ECTS are obtained upon completion and defence of your second Master thesis project.

Career perspectives

A range of career options exist in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, where the demand for biophysicists and biochemists is expected to exceed supply in the near future. There are also relevant job openings within governmental research organizations, regulatory bodies, clinical facilities, health centres, private organizations and industrial centres.  

Graduates may pursue a career in medical science, pharma and biotech applied or academic research. A considerable number of graduates are undertaking a PhD programme in one of our associated research laboratories and partner organizations.

The Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology is offered at KU Leuven.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Introductory courses: a maximum of 18 ECTS points can be obtained from following introductory courses (e.g. quantum physics, cell biology, biochemistry etc.) in order to fill gaps.

Core courses: these are courses specific to each of the two profiles Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology.

Elective Courses: students choose a number of courses from an additional list, proposed to the other research profile. For example, students in the Biophysics profile take at least 18 ECTS courses from Biochemistry profile. Students may select relevant courses from the entire programme offered at the university if they have the approval of the programme director. Students have to make sure that the entire programme of the master contains at least 120 credits.

Master's Thesis: 30 ECTS are obtained upon the successful completion and defense of the masterproject carried out in the second master


  • You want to understand and help curing diseases, experiment with or design advanced technologies for probing biophysical and biochemical processes, develop biotechnologies.
  • You have a strong interest in the structure-function relation of biomolecules, understanding of the behaviour of molecules in living systems, possess the skills to conduct laboratory work and perform statistical data analysis.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Proof of proficiency in English

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Credentials regarding prior education

For applicants from outside Belgium, comparability of the diploma is not always easily established. Therefore we ask you to upload the following documents with your application:

  • Scans of transcripts and diplomas
  • Additional documentation
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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