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Biomolecular Sciences

Course Description

Developing a state of mind

The Master is conceived as a multidisciplinary and research-oriented programme. The programme also aims to develop the state of mind to perform and manage research in a multidisciplinary and international context. Therefore, our students will also be trained in different aspects of research communication and research management.

Discovery-based laboratory

The two-year programme has a strong emphasis on performing research. Its concept will require full-time attendance and will involve active participation in lectures and discovery-based laboratory work to develop the state of mind that drives the progress of science.
The program of the first year is composed of 4 modules, all of which have to be followed. The courses within each module are at advanced level and consist of 26 class hours and 6 days of practical training. The practical trainings link up with the advanced courses and will take place in the research labs under the guidance of experienced postdocs.
Protein structure and function (3x5 ECTS)
Applied Immunology (3x5 ECTS)
Advanced Molecular Biology (4x5 ECTS)
Bioinformatics (2x5 ECTS)
The program of the second year pays much attention to the acquisition of research competences. The program consists of three modules:
Elective courses (4x5 ECTS)
Master Proof (30 ECTS)
Research Communication and Management (10 ECTS)

Master Proof/Thesis

To obtain a Master degree, a student must carry out, under the direction and supervision of a promoter, an independent research project and prepare a dissertation, that is, a written account of the research and its results.

Research Communication and Management

This part of the program includes the writing of the results of the dissertation in a publication format, seminars on intellectual property rights, scientific writing, project development and the writing of a research proposal.
The latter can be a proposal for a continuation of the topic of the Master Proof, a proposal for a PhD project, or a proposal for another research project in Biomolecular Sciences, and is intended to help the students to continue their career in biomolecular research.

Visit the Biomolecular Sciences page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Natalia Smiejkowska

2469.jpg My story at VUB started when I applied for the Erasmus exchange programme. A warm welcome and a variety of activities for newcomers made getting settled in a new city a pleasant experience. It was easy to make new friends, and discovering Brussels and its secrets was very exciting. After my Erasmus exchange, I decided to apply for the Master in Biomolecular Sciences. The diversified programme broadened my scientific horizons and was the perfect choice after finishing a Bachelor in Biotechnology at the University of Gdansk in Poland. During practical trainings I was introduced to many new laboratory techniques and got an overview of scientific work at VUB. The one-year master project was a great opportunity to gain experience in independent laboratory work. I've been living here for three years and I am now working at the laboratory. So my story at VUB continues…


MasterMind Scholarships - 20+ Awards

The Government of Flanders has launched a new scholarship programme in 2015, Master Mind Scholarships. For the academic year 2017-2018, it awards up to 45 scholarships to outstanding Master students from all countries.http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/scholarship-programmes/master-mind-scholarships/

Value of Scholarship(s)

7,500 Euros/year


Only outstanding students can apply (equivalent of magna cum laude, first class honours, Grade A).

Application Procedure


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OAS (Organization of American States) Scholarships - 10 Awards


Value of Scholarship(s)

1,350 Euros+tuition fee waiver for top students


Be a citizen and/or permanent legal resident of any OAS member state (http://www.oas.org/en/member_states/default.asp), except the United States and Canada

Application Procedure


Further Information


Entry Requirements

For admission in the Master of Biomolecular Sciences, students need a bachelor degree in the field of biology, chemistry, or biomedical sciences or equivalent. Equivalency will be evaluated case by case by the Admission Board.In order to be admitted, you need to be proficient in English.

Last Updated

24 May 2017

Course Fees

EEA students: 890 EUR/year____Non EEA students 2950 EUR/year

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