After graduation

Develop your understanding of cellular processes, biological molecules and their interactions and choose your preferred profile: Biotechnology for Global Health or Agro- and Plant Biotechnology. You’ll graduate knowing how to appraise the scientific and social aspects of applied molecular biology.

You’ll be armed to cope with a wide range of scientific problems and to develop preventive strategies, diagnostic techniques and therapies, while understanding relevant ethical issues.

By developing your critical thinking skills, you will be able to examine and reflect on existing and new theories in the field of study, helping you to solve global problems or issues that both developing and developed countries are facing. So, what are you waiting for?

What have you learnt?

Forget traditional and passive methods; we focus on practice! We focus on using problem-solving formats to generate observations and analyse experimental results. In our experience, this type of learning boosts problem-solving abilities, conceptual understanding and success in subsequent courses.

Further study

Keen to continue your academic career? You can apply for a PhD position at VUB! All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for the challenge? Or look into our Postgraduates and Microcredentials, short programmes that might meet your interest.

Curious as to what our researchers are up to?

The contrasting simplicity and complexity of the body's immune system inspired Aarushi Caro to delve into the field of immunology. Her doctoral research, conducted in collaboration between the VUB and KU Leuven, centers on unraveling the role of dendritic cells - the vigilant guardians of our immune system - in ovarian cancer. Her goal is to investigate the viability of utilizing dendritic cells as a vaccine against this life-threatening illness. In this video produced in partnership with Science Figured Out, she elaborates on her research on ovarian cancer.

What professions will it allow you to enter?

This master's degree opens many doors to an exciting future. It may be in a university, hospital, private or governmental research laboratory or patenting bureau, or in the R&D department of a pharmaceutical, food or biotech company. Work on environmental protection, develop state-of-the-art equipment in biotechnology, or join a sales and marketing department. Be a lecturer, consultant or advisor to policy makers. Or, why not stick around in the Brussels-Capital Region for some scientific research in your favourite highly specialised sector or advanced technologies? You could also continue your academic career as a PhD researcher in Belgium or abroad. Whatever you choose, molecular biology is a rapidly developing discipline in modern life science, and companies need ambitious and knowledgeable scientists.

Other career stories from former students

Do you know that VUB sometimes looks for molecular biologists?

That's right! You can build an exciting and meaningful career as a molecular biologist here at your alma mater. As a large organisation we look for very diverse profiles.

Find out our vacancies

Join our community of former students

On graduation from VUB you become part of a unique network of 75,000 former students (known as alumni) who are ready to build a better future. We exchange as many experiences, ideas and other forms of knowledge as possible to stand stronger together in our jobs, our lives and the world outside.

So, besides strengthening your position on the labour market, a VUB diploma gives you a network you can build on to realise your professional ambitions and make a difference in the world. Do you need more reasons? We list more below for you.

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... it's worth it!

  • Benefits on and off campus - A BasicFit annual subscription at half the price, student rates in the Resto... : being a former student pays off with a digital alumni pass.
  • Help with job applications - It is sometimes hard for young alumni to find their way on the labour market. We help you get off to a flying start.
  • Networking - Join your faculty or study-programme alumni association and keep up to date with the latest networking events and developments in your field.
  • Career inspiration - Are you looking for a job that matches your passions? Read the career stories and tips of former students and discover the possibilities per diploma.
  • Our continuing education - Society and the labour market are constantly on the move. Our continuing education courses keep your knowledge and skills relevant. For a lifetime.

More about our activities for former students