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Master's Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology

General description of the programme

The Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology Master’s Degree offers highly specialized crossdisciplinary training in a vast number of fields in the Life Sciences, from biochemistry to cell biology by way of genetics and molecular biology.

Students may choose between four specialised clusters that have been developed and supported by the scientific work of our research laboratories. One of them is offered in collaboration with ULB on the campus at Gosselies.

Profile of the programme

The Master's Degree in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology provides a state-of-the-art education based on a solid scientific background. What students learn here is put into practice through internships in companies and/or in research labs in Belgium or abroad. The Institute of Biology at UMONS is involved in international research projects in fields like microbiology, cell biology and proteomics. In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, students in the Master's programme have access to several labs that are world renown in such highly advanced fields as neurobiology, magnetic imaging, molecular biology, to name a few.

The master’s thesis is completed during the two years of the programme, starting in the middle of the first year and finishing in the second year.
During these two years, students will also have specialised courses to learn how to handle and care for laboratory animals and their welfare. These courses give rise to a certificate that is required to work with animals in laboratories.

Special attention is given to learning scientific communication in both French and English thanks to research seminars and "Scientific Workshop Training". Students tailor their own curriculum (2/3 of the programme is electives) to include a great amount of lab work as well as internships in companies or in other academic institutions.

Diagram with Credits

The programme includes:
• A common core of 13 ECTS credits in Master 1 (Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Proteomics, Physiology, Phylogeny)
• Specialised courses in BMCB (25 ECTS)
• Three focuses in Master 2: research-oriented, professional and teaching
• Scientific communication in English (7 ECTS)
• Internships inside or outside UMONS (18 ECTS)
• Certificate in training as a master experimenter (6 ECTS)
• 8 ECTS elective courses in Master 2
• Master's thesis (27 ECTS) and a pre-thesis internship in Master 1 (8 ECTS)
• Research seminars (8 ECTS)
• Master 60 ECTS possible
• Master BMCB - ULB-UMONS: professional focus - Molecular Physiopathology, also possible at Charleroi. Curriculum 50% in English.

Key learning outcomes

At the end of course programme, students will be able to:

  • reason with the necessary rigour while applying their skills in the various disciplines of biology - from biochemistry to cell biology passing by genetics and molecular biology
  • use the experimental approaches and the tools of the biologist in these disciplines
  • implement crossdisciplinary skills such as: autonomy, rigour, group work, oral presentations
  • communicate scientific concepts and analyses through the written and the spoken word in French or in English.


Occupational profiles of graduates

The Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology Master’s Degree opens the door to biochemistry and biotechnology laboratories, chemical laboratories, pharmaceutical research laboratories in universities or in industry, forensics, and so on.
The holders of a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology can also be hired in basic or applied science programs if they continue their studies and complete a doctoral dissertation.

Our graduates work in varied fields of expertise such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, police forensics units, academic research, in national or regional research centres, ... and in higher secondary school.

Access to further studies

The Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology Master’s Degree gives access to Advanced Master’s Degrees and to Doctoral Studies in the Life Science field in the European Community.

Master’s Degree holders can also register in the higher secondary school teacher certification programme.

Mode of study

Full time

Programme director or equivalent

President of the Institute of Biology: Ruddy WATTIEZ