Master of Molecular Biology
Master of Science
EducationMolecular biology is the discipline within the life sciences aimed at understanding the molecular basis of life in health and disease. It is a multidisciplinary area of study and deals with the structure and function of molecules as well as their interplay in creating the phenomenon of life.
Research in molecular biology not only generates knowledge but also offers new opportunities for the development of diagnostic tools and new strategies for improving agricultural production, animal health, and human health.
The programme, commonly referred to as the Internuniversity Programme in Molecular Biology (IPMB), is jointly organised by KU Leuven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Antwerpen. It is endorsed and supported as an international programme by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR-UDC). Although originally designed to meet the needs of students from developing countries, the programme also welcomes non-traditional and reorienting student seeking to enter the fascinating world of molecular biology. Erasmus-Socrates students studying at one of the organising universities for one or two semesters are also most welcome to attend classes and acquire laboratory skills.
The Master of Molecular Biology is an initial Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.
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ObjectivesThe Master of Molecular Biology (Interuniversity Molecular Biology - IPMB) programme is intended to offer theoretical and practical training to young scientists from developing countries, who are involved in education/research in human medicine, animal production or plant production.
This programme is designed to train these students to become capable, critical and self-reliant scientists who are able to apply the knowledge acquired to contribute to the further development of their country through their involvement in education, research and policymaking.
IPMB graduates will be able to ensure that the potential offered by molecular biology and biotechnology in terms of human and veterinary medicine and animal and plant production, find due application in their country.
Although originally conceived to meet the needs of students from developing countries, the programme offers an excellent opportunity for all students, including non-traditional and reorienting students, to study molecular biology in an international context.
Students are expected to:
- have developed an advanced knowledge of fundamental sciences;
- have developed an in-depth insight into biological processes;
- have developed an in-depth insight into the functioning of living organisms in all their forms;
- have developed a critical mind allowing them to appraise scientific and social aspects of applied molecular biology;
- be capable of analysing and/or summarising and critically reflecting on scientific literature;
- be capable of detecting and analysing problems and of proposing solutions to solve them;
- be able to contribute, through molecular biological research, to solving problems faced by developing countries;
- be able to operate as a member of a team;
- be able to report, both orally and in writing;
- be able to contribute to efforts to set up nationwide and international cooperation (South-South, South-North);
- be able to operate in nationwide and international networks;
- be able to disseminate the acquired knowledge in their country and region through their activities in education and research and through peer reviewed publications;
- have developed skills to act as reliable advisors for local policymakers by making proposals for the further development of molecular biology in education and research, and, as such, to contribute to the further development of their country and improve the living conditions of the populations in the South;
- be trained to a level sufficient to beginning a doctoral programme (PhD).
After graduationIPMD graduates find employment in universities, hospitals, private and governmental research laboratories, patenting bureaus, as lecturers, consultants, and advisors to policy makers, among other careers. Many graduates go on to begin PhD programmes in Belgium or abroad. Students from developing countries may apply for a 'sandwich' PhD scholarship from the VLIR-UDC. Flemish students may apply for a PhD scholarship from the VLIR-UDC for research projects on topics relevant to development.
Information sessionsKU Leuven organises a Verderstudeerbeurs each spring. In addition, faculties also organise information sessions for many of their bridging and graduate programmes.
All information sessions for (future) Master's students
(Inter)nationalThis programme is organised in cooperation with VUB (coordinating institution) and UA (courses taught at different institutions). Students are awarded a joint degree from the participating institutions.
ContactVrije Universiteit Brussel
Interuniversity Programme Molecular Biology
Building E Room 5.01
Mr Rudi Willems
tel. + 32 2 629 19 56
Mrs. Greta Verhasselt
tel. + 32 2 629 18 63
Daily Operations Coordinator
Prof. Dr. E. Van Driessche
tel. + 32 2 629 19 52
Study Advice Service KU Leuven
Naamsestraat 80 box 5415
3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
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