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Master of Science in Biomedical Research

Biomedical scientists try to trace back the cause of diseases which opens up possibilities for prevention and the development of new diagnostic
methods and treatments that do not only reduce the symptoms but really cure the patient. Especially the last aim is very challenging and can only be
obtained by international collaboration between different scientific disciplines working at the crossroads of biomolecules, in vitro and in vivo
preclinical research, clinical trials and patient care.

Join the multidisciplinary quest into cures waiting to be discovered

The master of science in Biomedical Research is aiming to train master students in biomedical research in a strong multidisciplinary environment
at the Brussels Health Campus where biomedical scientists work together with clinicians and colleagues trained in other disciplines such as
pharmaceutical sciences or bio-engineering.

The Brussels Health Campus has an excellent reputation in innovative biomedical research which is reflected by the presence of 10 research
clusters on the campus.

• Biomedical Imaging and Medical Physics
• Cardiovascular Diseases
• Development, Ageing & Pathology
• Diabetes,Transplantation and Pathology
• Liver and Cell Biology and Toxicology
• Neurosciences
• Oncology
• Pharmaceutical Research and Data Technology
• Public Health
• Reproduction - Genetics & Regenerative Medicine

 

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Medicine and Pharmacy

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Becoming a biomedical researcher

The educational programme is very practical and is strongly focused on academic scientific training. We work in small groups and offer an
interesting educational programme for openminded critical thinkers. Most professional skills are obtained during the three internships
and the writing and defence of a master thesis. The first two internships take 8 weeks each in a research lab of the VUB or elsewhere and the third
internship will take 8 months allowing you to work yourself through almost all aspects of a scientific
research project and to become an independent scientist. These internships and the relatively high number of elective courses compared to the
number of compulsory courses will allow you to develop your own research track

The two short internships in combination the research project in the second year allows you to obtain a rather broad overview of biomedical
research and at the same time get specialised in one research area and become acquainted with all aspects of scientific research.

Spread your wings

Our faculty has collaborations and exchange agreements with other universities allowingstudents to go abroad for internships within the
frame of the Erasmus programme. The two short internships can for instance be combined to go for one internship at a foreign university. During the
Research Project in the second master year you will also learn to write a project proposal. When you perform well and are eligible for submitting a
PhD-project proposal this could result in the start of your PhD track at the VUB or elsewhere.

Programme outline

The master of science in Biomedical Research is structured over two academic years. In the first semester you will follow a number of compulsory
courses (e.g. academic English for life sciences, laboratory animal sciences and biostatistics, bioethics) providing you with the required scientific
skills and ethical awareness to perform as a professional internationally orientated researcher. In the second semester, you will start writing a
review paper on the research topic of your third internship and you will follow two short laboratory internships. The optional courses, in total 24
ECTS, can be followed in all four semesters of the programme. The master thesis will be based on the scientific results obtained during the third
internship. The thesis defence will take place at the end of the fourth semester and comprises an oral presentation of 10 minutes followed by a 10
minutes discussion in front of a jury consisting of three permanent members and two readers ecialised in the subject of your thesis.

Study credits

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): 1 credit represents 25-30 hours of study activity

AFTER GRADUATION

A master in Biomedical Research offers excellent career opportunities.

The future is yours

In the last 10 years, 56% of our graduates started a PhD track and 30-40% of the students found a job in biotech companies or the pharmaceutical industry. Belgium also offers great job opportunities in biomedical research, as it has the highest number of clinical studies per capita.

 

“It is so fascinating to see how all complex biological processes work together so meticulously, resulting in a functioning organism. This is why I chose to study Biomedical Sciences at the VUB.” Wito De Schrijver Currently PhD Student at the Epigenetics and Gene Regulation Laboratory of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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General requirements

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is open to holders of a bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Other equivalent academic bachelors are allowed (including Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology and Life Sciences), but qualification will be evaluated based on scientific competences and skills of the students by our admission committee. At least sufficient levels of education in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Genetics, Physiology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Biostatistics are required. In certain cases, deficiencies can be remediated. Students with sufficient proficiency in Dutch (B2) are allowed to follow
part of the bachelor programme (up to 120 ECTS) at the VUB as a preparation for the master. Other students may compensate their deficiencies by taking online courses that are approved by the admission committee. All applicants without a degree for secondary education issued by a recognised educational institution in Belgium must provide evidence of proficiency in English (level B2). Evidence of proficiency in English can be provided in two ways:

-- by proving that you took classes in English for at least one academic year during your bachelor or master degree. The selection committee may
     require additional proof of your command of English.
-- by submitting your results on one of the following language tests, with the corresponding minimum scores:

  • TOEFL (paper based) 555
  • TOEFL (computer based) 213
  • TOEFL (internet based) 79
  • IELTS 6,5
  • ITACE B2
  • Cambridge Certificate Pass (grade B) in Advanced English
  • Cambridge Certificate Pass (grade C) of Proficiency in English

Results obtained on other language tests will not be accepted.

In addition to certified copies of diplomas, your CV, a motivational letter and two recommendation letters are required. The Admission Committee may also contact you by telephone conference to assess your qualifications and discuss your expectations of the master programme.

Admission to the master programme will depend on the evaluation by the admission committee.

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Tuition fees


The general tuition fee for the Master of Science in Biomedical Research is €939/year. Click below for a detailed overview of the tuition fees

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Application deadline

Prospective students are advised to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree. Applications can only be submitted through our website www.vub.be/en/apply

  • Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals) need to submit their application before April 1st.
  • Students who do not require a visa must apply before September 1st.
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline