Faculty of Science and Bio-engineering Sciences

Admission Requirements

Enrolling for this study plan is possible after having obtained one of the following degrees:

Academic Bachelor's programme bio-ingenieurswetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme biochemie en de biotechnologie
Academic Bachelor's programme biologie
Academic Bachelor's programme biomedische wetenschappen
Academic Bachelor's programme chemie
MOTIVATIEBRIEF / LETTER OF MOTIVATION
AANBEVELINGSBRIEF / LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION 1
AANBEVELINGSBRIEF / LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION 2
PUNTENLIJST / TRANSCRIPTS (NIET VOOR VLAAMSE DIPLOMA'S)

Overview of the study plan

Biomolecular Sciences is a two-year scientific program that focuses on the biochemical unity that underlies the biological diversity. Biomolecular Science is a rapidly developing discipline in modern life science. It stands at the crossroads of chemical, biological, physical and computational sciences and focuses on the molecular understanding of cellular function. Anticipating this evolution, this Master program will focus on the understanding of cellular processes, biological molecules and their interactions.

The program of the first year is composed of 4 modules, all of which have to be followed.
- 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)


Subdomain Protein Structure and Function

coordinator: R. Loris
The courses 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.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.

5ECTS credits - Molecular Biophysics
5ECTS credits - Protein Structure and Function
5ECTS credits - Mechanisms, Kinetics and Applications of Enzyme Catalysis

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Subdomain Applied Immunology

coordinator: S. Magez
The courses 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.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 15 ECTS credits.

5ECTS credits - Cellular Biology and Immunology
5ECTS credits - Recombinant Antibody Engineering
5ECTS credits - Molecular Parasitology

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Subdomain Advanced Molecular Biology

coordinator: D. Charlier
The courses 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.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.

5ECTS credits - Advanced Molecular Biology
5ECTS credits - Molecular Microbiology
5ECTS credits - Plant Molecular Biology
5ECTS credits - Advanced Developmental Biology

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Subdomain Bioinformatics

coordinator: J. Raes
The courses 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.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 10 ECTS credits.

5ECTS credits - Biostatistics
5ECTS credits - Bioinformatics and Omics

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Electives

The student’s interest and knowledge of a specific subdomain can be deepened through the choice of 4 electives.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 20 ECTS credits.

5ECTS credits - High Throughput Techniques
6ECTS credits - Medicinal Chemistry
3ECTS credits - Synthesis and Structure of Peptides
6ECTS credits - Embryonic Stem Cells
5ECTS credits - Immuno-imaging and molecular therapy
5ECTS credits - Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
5ECTS credits - Microbial Life in Extreme Conditions
5ECTS credits - Stem Cell Biology
5ECTS credits - Micro- and Nanobiotechnology
5ECTS credits - Protein Maturation and Trafficking
5ECTS credits - Advanced Aspects of Molecular Pharmacology
5ECTS credits - Vaccine Technology

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Research Competences

In this part, the competences and skills needed to perform research in a later career are trained under the supervision of a promotor.
Research Communication and Management can only be chosen after at least 48 ECTS-credits have been acquired. It consists of writing up the results of the master thesis in a publication format, seminars on intellectual property rights, and writing up of a research proposal.
The master thesis can only be started after at least 48 ECTS-credits have been acquired. During the experimental part of the master thesis, students learn to plan and perform experiments and critically interpret the results obtained. They also learn to report both orally and in written, prepare powerpoint presentations and summarize literature data. They learn to present their work in public and answer questions from a jury and the audience. Any topic is potentially acceptable as long as it offers a real contribution to Biomolecular Sciences.

From the courses listed below, students must obtain 40 ECTS credits.

30ECTS credits - Master Proof Biomolecular Sciences
10ECTS credits - Research Communication and Management

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