12 months
2000 EUR/year
2000 EUR/year
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The main objective of the Advanced Master of Science in Bioethics (MBIO) at KU Leuven is to train highly qualified students for research work or professional activities in the domain of bioethics, an interdisciplinary field that studies value questions that arise in health care, public health and biomedical research.

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The Advanced Master of Science in Bioethics (MBIO) at KU Leuven is a one year advanced master's programme which is coordinated by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law (CBMER) at KU Leuven.

The learning environment is characterized by a small student population, which is composed of an international and interdisciplinary group of individuals who have already finished a master programme. This fosters a continuous exchange of experiences and cultural perspectives. In order to prepare students to adopt a critical and scientific attitude towards ethical questions, education is as much as possible research-driven.

Career opportunities

After graduation, students are prepared to take up a diverse spectrum of professional responsibilities. Specifically, graduates may undertake a PhD training or collaborate in research projects at universities or independent research institutions. Several others have been appointed in healthcare facilities, serving as ethics consultants, hospital chaplains or members of clinical ethics committees or institutional review boards. 

Some have found positions at pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, regulatory bodies, medical associations or non-governmental organizations. Many graduates have also taken up teaching responsibilities in an institute for higher education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Bioethics    
  • Law and Healthcare    
  • Clinical Bioethics training    
  •  Ethics and Law in Biomedical Research    
  • Public Health Ethics and Ethics in Health Policy    
  • Human Genetics, Ethics and Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The admission policy is intended to ensure qualified European and non-European students equal access to higher education. The programme will assess students individually on the basis of their previous academic record, their experience in the field of health care and a letter of motivation. Some students may be asked to complete a (telephone) interview.
  • Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file.
  • Only holders of a Master's degree will be accepted to the programme.
  • Students should have a good command of English, both spoken and written.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2000 EUR per year during 12 months.

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.


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