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Master of Bioscience Engineering: Cellular and Genetic Engineering (Leuven)

KU Leuven
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

In KU Leuven's 'Master of Bioscience Engineering: Cellular and Genetic Engineering' programme you acquire in-depth knowledge of the molecular and cellular processes that are active in micro-organisms, plants, animals and humans, on both a qualitative and quantitative level. Further, you are trained in the associated technologies to measure and influence these processes. The programme aims to transmit advanced scientific and solution-oriented knowledge, skills and attitudes towards biotechnological applications with living organisms that are both scientifically innovative and socially relevant.

What is the 'Master of Bioscience Engineering: Cellular and Genetic Engineering' all about?

You are trained throughout the Master's programme to an advanced level in molecular and cellular biology, as well as biotechnology and its diverse applications. You are guided to acquire the disciplinary knowledge, skills and attitudes and to integrate them towards efficient and sustainable solutions for socially relevant problems. Opportunities are also offered, both inside and outside the curriculum, to work on your personal development. Finally, together with professional and ethics experts you will reflect on the place of biotechnology in society.


The Master is a two year Master’s programme of 120 credits. It consists of a main specialisation package of at least 60 credits, the "Major". This major is composed of a compulsory major package and a variable package, where you have the possibility to choose the application domains in which you want to specialise. There is a choice of a subsidiary specialisation of maximum 20 credits, the "Minor". The programme further allows a limited number of electives. In particular a professional internship of 5 weeks is an opportunity to explore the broader work field. Finally, the programme culminates in the master thesis (30 credits). During the master thesis students are embedded in a research group and engage in original and relevant scientific research.


  1. You will acquire a broad knowledge base in both fundamental molecular and cellular biology and biotechnological techniques. In the course series "Applications of Biotechnology" fundamental scientific knowledge and techniques come together in a discussion of biotechnological applications.
  2. The Master is multidisciplinary, addressing the physiology of different organisms, technical advances, and computational analysis tools. The programme is driven by researchers active in several parts of a very socially relevant area of the applied sciences, namely where living organisms and technology meet.
  3. You will be thoroughly trained in molecular and cellular biology laboratory skills during both an extensive cross-disciplinary practical course as well as the master thesis.
  4. During this programme you will be coached in further developing your personal skills and attitudes thereby focusing on the following educational objectives: critical self-reflection, thinking and acting sustainably and ethically, intercultural communication and responsible leadership.

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Career paths

A Cellular and Genetic Engineering graduate is a life sciences professional who can apply this knowledge in both an industrial context to control and engineer bioprocesses, and in a research environment for fundamental and applied research.

With this diploma you gain access to a wide range of employment sectors. Partly due to the interest and training in scientific research, you can go on to train for a PhD and flow through to jobs in research and educational institutions (university, higher education, government). You can also move to a managerial or research position in the biotechnology, the pharmaceutical, the chemical or the agro- or food industry.

In Belgium, graduates of this programme are entitled to use the professional title of 'Bio-ingenieur' ('Bioscience Engineer').

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Why study at KU Leuven

A Highly Ranked University

According to international rankings, KU Leuven is among the best 100 universities in the world. Moreover, KU Leuven was ranked as most innovative university of Europe by Reuters four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). All of KU Leuven’s disciplines proudly belong to the top 100 of their field. Scholars and researchers, teachers and visionaries, thinkers and makers all have their place in KU Leuven’s fertile intellectual habitat.

Most Innovative University in Europe

KU Leuven has been identified as Europe’s most innovative university for four years in a row by Reuters. By developing the most important drug against HIV, a new type of solar panel that converts oxygen into hydrogen and uncovering the secrets of Sagalassos, KU Leuven researchers have a profound impact on our everyday lives in nearly all fields of research. That innovative character is deeply embedded in the way we teach our students, by integrating relevant guest lectures, taking an Interdisciplinary approach and opening the most advanced research and education facilities.

A Comprehensive University

As a comprehensive university, KU Leuven offers a wide range of disciplines organized by 15 faculties. Each of these disciplines is ranked in the top 100 of its field according to the THE World University Rankings by subject. Half of the university’s faculties are even in the top 50 within their fields of study.

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