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Full time September MSc 2 years

About the course

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, biochemistry, bioengineering or biomedical science, and are you still fascinated by the biochemical unity that underlies the world’s biological diversity? Then the Master in Molecular Biology is the programme you’re looking for! This high-level scientific programme with strong multidisciplinary courses combines a theoretical formation with research-oriented skills. The Master is an interuniversity programme, jointly organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, KULeuven and the University of Antwerp, all located in Belgium. Students can choose between the Profile Biotechnology for Global Health and the Profile Agro- and Plant

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Entry Requirements

Eligible are holders of a bachelor/master diploma (or equivalent), issued by a Flemish university, in the fields of sciences, applied biological sciences, applied sciences, medicine, veterinarian medicine, pharmacy or holders of the diploma of Industrial Engineering with specialization in Chemistry or Agriculture. Eligible are also holders of one of the above-mentioned diplomas, issued by a non-Flemish university after 4 years of study or relevant. Applicants should present proof of proficiency in English.


EEA students: 962 EUR/year
Non-EEA students: 939 EUR/year

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Student Profile(s)

Christian Dimkpa

IPMB has been a propelling force for my career development. Such is the quality of education provided by IPMB that, in addition to the offer in Germany, I have a second PhD offer with the West African Rice Development Agency (WARDA), to work on the genetic mechanisms underlying drought resistance in rice. Part of this work will be conducted at the biotechnology facility of the University of Cornell in the USA. However, I decided to accept the German offer.

Joseph Nkolola

The IPMB MSc was extremely important in my career development as it paved the way for me to receive a promotion from the University of Zambia's staff development program (as a trainee lecturer) to the position of a full-time lecturer at the institution. The MSc was also pivotal in allowing me to successfully compete and receive a PhD scholarship in the United Kingdom.

Evans Njeru Simon

The International Programme Molecular Biology (IPMB) changed the course of my career. One of the courses called “Social and Economic Aspects of Biotechnology” helped me to understand the facts, myths and controversies surrounding the world of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their application in modern biotechnology. Today, I am a biosafety officer in charge of analyzing and reviewing applications for GMO work and related activities, and I also monitor compliance with biosafety laws.

A.S.M Lutful Ahasan

As soon as I arrived on campus, I received a warm welcome from the IPMB secretariat and I felt immediately at home. The interuniversity dimension of the study exposed me to different academic environments and a wide range of research. The knowledge and experience I gained in the IPMB programme (International Programme Molecular Biology) have put me in a better position to continue with advanced learning and research, and to perform innovative scientific work for my country.

Sonita V. E. Enongene

Coming to Europe wasn’t easy, but I adapted quickly. VUB is one of the few universities offering Molecular Biology as a full MA programme, with professors of high scientific reputation. Studying here has given me a clear direction to what I want to be as a scientist.


Applications for 2021-2022 are closed.

The Scholarship covers:
Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee is limited to amount paid by Flemish scholarship student
Duration: Duration of the Master program (if 2-year Master: second year conditional)
Health insurance is not included
Flight cost is not included
Language preparation courses are not included


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

Application Procedure

Please note that you need to have applied for a place at the VUB and have received an offical letter of acceptance, issued by the VUB Education and Student Administration Office, before you can apply for the scholarship. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel will nominate maximum 20 students for selection to the Flemish Ministry of Education.

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Value of Scholarship(s)



For a full PhD:
You must have Chinese nationality, and meet the eligibility requirements of CSC:
And you are a last-year Master student from a Chinese university (4-year scholarship)
Or a last-year Master student from a university outside of China (4-year scholarship)
Or a student who already obtained a Master degree (4-year scholarship)
Or a first-year PhD student currently enrolled in a university outside of China (3-year scholarship)
For a jointly supervised PhD:
-You must have Chinese nationality, and meet the eligibility requirements of CSC:
-And a current PhD student enrolled in a Chinese university

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