Master of Molecular Biology

Degree: Master
University: University of Leuven , Faculty: Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
City: Leuven , Country: Belgium
Discipline: Engeneering & Technology
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    This interuniversity programme in Molecular Biology (IPMB) is jointly organised by the K.U.Leuven, the Universiteit Antwerpen (UA) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

    It aims at strengthening and up-dating the theoretical and practical skills of young scientists from developing countries, already involved in either human or animal health care or agricultural research. After two years of study, graduates should have developed a solid basis to cope with the development of preventive strategies, diagnostic techniques and therapies, based on a molecular biological approach.

    International students often wish to tackle problems afflicting their own countries. A two-year programme cannot claim to resolve all problems in the fields of medicine, agriculture or biotechnology, currently present in developing nations. In order to accommodate these concerns as much as possible students choose between three specialisations: plant production, animal production or human health.

    The goal of the programme is not just to transfer technology, but rather to train participants to acquire the ability to cope with a wide range of scientific problems and to provide them with the intellectual tools needed to develop a molecular biological approach with emphasis on self-reliance, thus minimising any dependence on the transfer of foreign technology. Although the programme is specifically designed to fulfill the needs of students from developing countries, students from any country are welcome to participate as well.

    Upon their return home, IPMB graduates are employed as researchers in universities, hospitals or private research laboratories, as lecturers, consultants, advisors to policy makers etc. When given the opportunity, many graduates successfully proceed to a PhD programme in Belgian universities or abroad, before returning home.


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