Master of Biochemical Engineering Technology

KU Leuven
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English, Dutch

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About this program

Master of Biochemical Engineering Technology

This master’s program provides in-depth, interdisciplinary training in biochemical engineering as practiced in various contexts and sectors. Particular areas of focus include food science, biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and environmental sciences. In addition to fundamental (bio)chemical and scientific coursework, the curriculum includes assignments in socio-economics and biotechnology.

This program focuses on the application of biomedical processes in a wide range of sectors, such as biotechnology, food, environment and pharmaceutics. You become familiar with all kinds of techniques for monitoring biological processes: recombinant DNA-techniques, immunological, molecular and micro-biological detection and identification techniques, chemical analysis techniques, etc. Throughout your education, you will acquire the scientific and technical knowledge necessary to handle and to manage these processes in a business environment.

This master's program incorporates knowledge from various industries (food, biomedical, pharmaceutical, environmental, etc.) to provide a well-rounded graduate-level curriculum in biochemical engineering.

In addition to fundamental (bio)chemical-scientific course units, you will take courses in socio-economics (company management, economics) and biotechnology (engineering, separation techniques, fermentation technology, molecular biology techniques, industrial biochemistry and microbiology, environmental technology, bioreactor design, etc.).

A flexible cross-campus elective package and a master's thesis conducted in either a research-specific or an industrial context enable you to focus your studies according to your specific interests and career goals.

Admission requirements

The admission policy is intended to ensure equal opportunity of access to higher education for qualified European and third country students. There are three ways to be admitted to the program:

  • Direct admission, on the basis of a relevant degree obtained in the Flemish Community. You can check the list of relevant programs here.
  • After a preparatory program, which is meant for students that obtained a degree at an institution of the Flemish Community that does not give immediate access to this program. You can check the list of programs that require a preparatory or bridging program here.
  • After an admission process, which is meant for students that obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community. They have to meet the conditions below.

All applications from students who have obtained a degree outside the Flemish Community are evaluated by both KU Leuven Admissions Office and the relevant master’s program director. Final admission decisions will made be at the discretion of the Faculty.

  • Academic background: The candidate needs to have an honours bachelor’s degree (B.Sc., B.Tech., B.Eng., etc.) or a master's degree in a related/cognate subject area, a solid background in science and mathematics and a clear affinity with the major.
  • English language proficiency: All applicants who have not obtained a previous diploma in a program taught in English in Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America must submit a certificate proving their proficiency in English.
  • GRE-scores: Even though submitting a GRE test is not mandatory, we encourage applicants to submit such a test, as it can be an asset to your application.

For more information about admission requirements, Please visit the university website.

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Program content

Common Part

  • Biochemical Analytical Methods
  • Quality Control and Assurance
  • Separation Process Principles II
  • Management and Communication
  • Pathways to Sustainability: Core Issues and Challenges
  • Master's Thesis / Masterproef

T Leuven Campus

  • Sustainable Energy Production
  • The Use of Molecular Biology and Ecology in Industrial Processes
  • Trends and Innovations in the Biomedical Sector

Ghent Technology

Malting and Brewing Technology

Short International Course

International module master of engineering technology

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The courses taught in English and Dutch.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees


Credits: 60 ECTS

Career paths

As a master in Engineering Technology, you are prepared to take advantage of a whole world of opportunities. Masters in Engineering Technology are active in the most diverse positions, professions and sectors all over the world. They are the engine of innovation in business and society. Masters in Biochemical Technology have a wide range of career opportunities, be it as a biotechnologist, biochemical analyst, biocatalysis expert, engineer brewing technology, forensic researcher, nutrition engineer, pharmaceutical engineer, quality assurance engineer, ...

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