Master of Science
This Master's programme is an international interdisciplinary study programme offered by KU Leuven's Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, the Medical Imaging Centre, and the Physiology Research Group.
This two-year Master's programme (120 ECTS) focuses on the phenomena related to the interaction and communication between living cells and their molecular constituents, drawing on research methods used within the fields of molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry and physics.
The programme provides in-depth training in the multidisciplinary field of biophysics, with particular emphasis on subfields in which KU Leuven's research expertise is internationally recognised: the determination of molecular structures, molecular and supramolecular modelling, the spectroscopy of biomolecules, the physical modelling of complex systems and the study of these models, the transport through ion channels in membranes, and the study of molecular interactions and physical principles in vitro, in complex biological machineries and in the living cell.
Students may select one of two tracks - Biophysics or Biochemistry and Biotechnology - and one of three orientations - Physiological, Molecular or Cellular. Alternatively, students who are not considering a research career can opt for Applied Biophysics.
This is an initial programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.
International Student Requirements:
Students having one of the following bachelor degrees of the KU Leuven or an equivalent degree obtained at another university: - Bachelor in de biochemie en biotechnologie; - Bachelor in de chemie, met minor biochemie en biotechnologie of minor fysica; - Bachelor in de fysica, met minor biowetenschappen; - Bachelor in de biologie, met minor biofysica en bio-ingenieurswetenschappen of minor biochemie en biotechnologie; - Bachelor in de bio-ingenieurswetenschappen. Other applications are evaluated on an individual basis. We expect all students to have a basic knowledge, although small deficiencies can be remedied with a set of introductory courses. The approval of the study program is done by the academic responsible for the ISP (Individual Study Programme). Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency.
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