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Industrial Sciences: Biochemical Engineering

Course Description

This master's programme incorporates knowledge from various sectors (food, biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental, etc.) to provide a well-rounded graduate-level curriculum in biomechanical engineering. In addition to fundamental (bio)chemical-scientific course units, you will take courses in socio-economics (company management, economics) and biotechnology (engineering, separation techniques, fermentation technology, molecular biology techniques, industrial biochemistry and microbiology, environmental technology, bioreactor design, etc.). A flexible cross-campus elective package and a master's thesis conducted in either a research-specific or industrial context enable you to focus your studies according to your specific interests and career goals.

Medical Bioengineering option

This option relates to biotechnological developments in the medical sector. Knowledge of human physiological systems (the cardiovascular system, neurophysiology, etc.) and medical engineering techniques form the foundation of developments in the area of artificial organs, tissue engineering, biomaterials, bioelectronics and new diagnostic techniques (microarray technology, PCR technology).

This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Add an in-company or project-based learning experience to your master's programme

You can augment your master's programme with the Postgraduate Programme Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This programme is made up by a multifaceted learning experience in and with a company, with an innovative engineering challenge as the central assignment. It is carried out in a team setting, has a distinct international dimension, and usually requires a multidisciplinary approach. Entrepreneurs and students alike are encouraged to innovate, transfer knowledge and grow. It is a unique cross-fertilisation between company and classroom


The Master of Industrial Sciences in Biochemical Engineering is capable of:
· selecting, formulating, analysing and answering appropriately a research question of his own choice based on a theoretical or practical problem in his area of technology while taking into consideration the paradigms and making use of appropriate research technology.
· exploiting the potential of the natural world in general and life processes in particular for the benefit of a healthy, sustainable and high-quality society.
· being professionally active in the areas of Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Bioengineering, Bioproduction, and Environmental Engineering.
·continuing to build and to operate in a multifaceted manner in both an R&D and industrial engineering environment on the basis of a thorough knowledge of bioresearch methods and technology on the one hand and industrial production technology on the other.
· managing technology and communicating efficiently the results of his own work, study and research.
· continuing the process of self-education as well as coaching others in their development as individuals and professionals.
· integrating relevant research, work and/or study experience acquired in a different environment either at home or abroad.
· functioning and cooperating in multidisciplinary and international teams through project work and through an exchange of views and opinions.
· recognizing and taking into consideration the ethical, economic, ecological and aesthetic aspects and implications of his actions.

[[Career paths]]

Our graduates find broad employment opportunities in the food and biotechnology sector, the environmental sector, the pharmaceutical industry and in the life sciences. On completion of the programme, you will be equipped with the skills to lead and coordinate industrial production units and research, analysis and screening laboratories in technical-commercial, administrative and educational environments.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with the following will be considered for admission: Bachelor of Industrial Sciences, option Chemical Engineering option Biochemistry; Bachelor in de industriële wetenschappen: Chemie, optie Biochemie; Bachelor of Science/Engineering in Biochemical Engineering. Applicants with the following can be granted admission subject to successful completion of a preparatory programme (possibly already including some master courses): Bachelor of Industrial Sciences with a different major; Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a different major; Bachelor of Science in a related field. More information: www.kuleuven.be/admissions

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