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MScMolecular Biology

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Molecular biology is a rapidly developing discipline. It stands at the crossroads of chemical, biological, physical and computational sciences and focuses on the understanding of cellular processes, biological molecules and their interactions. Molecular Biology is a multidisciplinary area of study that deals with the structure and function of molecules as well as their interplay in creating the phenomenon of life. The Master of Science in Molecular Biology is a high-level scientific programme with strong multidisciplinary courses that combine a theoretical formation with research-oriented skills. Students can choose between the Profile Biotechnology for Global Health and the Profile Agro- and Plant Biotechnology.

The programme content has been developed by several outstanding and multidisciplinary scientific teams. The advanced courses and electives are taught by leading researchers with a proven scientific track record, thus contributing to the research-oriented nature of the programme. The programme is jointly organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (www.vub.be), KULeuven (www.kuleuven.be/kuleuven) and Universiteit Antwerpen (www.ua.ac.be).
The two-year Master in Molecular Biology requires full-time attendance and active participation in lectures and discovery-based laboratory work to develop the mentality that drives the progress of science.

During practical training, problem-solving formats are used in which students work together to make observations and to analyze experimental results. Students who learn via problem-solving formats demonstrate better problem-solving ability, conceptual understanding and success in subsequent courses than those who learn in traditional, passive ways.

Career opportunities

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations, or continue your academic career as a PhD researcher. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

After graduation, you will be able to contribute to the improvement of human health or plant production through a molecular biological approach. You will know how to appraise the scientific and social aspects of applied molecular biology. We train our students so they can cope with a wide range of scientific problems as well as the development of preventive strategies, diagnostic techniques and therapies while being aware of the ethical issues related to this field. A critical mind will allow you to consider and reflect on existing and new theories within the study field and will help you to solve global problems or issues that both developing and developed countries are facing.

Scientific research in the Brussels-Capital Region is mainly geared towards highly specialised sectors and advanced technologies. Molecular Biology is a rapidly developing discipline in modern life science, and companies need ambitious scientists who understand cellular processes, biological molecules and their interactions. The problem-solving formats in the programme and courses such as Research Communication Skills are intended to help you to continue your career in research.

Graduates find employment in universities, hospitals, private and governmental research laboratories and patenting bureaus. They can work in the R&D department of a pharmaceutical, food or biotech company, work on environmental protection, develop state-of-the-art equipment in biotechnology, be part of a sales and marketing department or work as lecturers, consultants and advisors to policy makers. Many graduates start a PhD programme in Belgium or abroad.

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States