Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology

In the framework of the ‘Louvain’ Academy, the UCL (Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve) and the FUNDP (University of Namur in Namur) jointly offer the master programmes (120 ECTS) in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology, as described below.

This masters can be followed at the FUNDP or at the UCL because the programme’s general structure as well as the study path are about the same in both universities.


Each university offers research, professional, and teaching focusses.

The master thesis is prepared either in one of the institution’s research teams or in a foreign laboratory in the framework of international mobility programmes. It begins at the start of the second four-month period in the first year and finishes at the end of the first four-month period in the second year

The training activities are grouped into branches specific to each university.

FUNDP: “Physiological and Pathological Molecular Biology”

The master is co-organised by the Department of Biology and the Faculty of Medicine. It considers the cell and molecular biology from human to bacteria to genes , either in a normal or pathological operation. A wide range of specialised courses, organised in modular themes, allows students to follow training in five main branches:

  • human biology,
  • genetics and genomics,
  • animal cell biology,
  • cell and molecular plant biology,
  • microbiology.

In parallel, solid tutorial is provided. For example, integrated blocks of practical work that last two weeks are organised around an experiment implicating different laboratories and different experimental approaches.

UCL: “Biochemistry, molecular genetics, cellular physiology and biotechnology“

At the UCL, the base of the masters is the Institute of Life Sciences, which brings together research teams from the Faculty of Sciences (Biology and Chemistry Departments) and the Faculty of Biological, Agronomic, and Environmental Engineering. The first year programme includes courses to develop knowledge about chemistry and cellular and molecular biology. Four branches are offered:

  • biochemistry,
  • molecular genetics and microbial cellular physiology,
  • molecular genetics and plant cellular physiology,
  • molecular genetics and animal and human cellular physiology

The educational activities are organised in small groups, and the training is mainly based on personal work. Before choosing the subject of the thesis, the student undertakes short internships in four laboratories representative of the branches offered.


In the research and professional focusses, the second four-month period of the second year is entirely devoted to an internship, preferably abroad. In the research focus, the internship takes place in a university or in a research centre, so as to acquire experience that is complementary to research, in a subject and in a scientific or organisational environment that is different to those of the thesis. In the professional focus entitled “Applied Biology and Business”, the internship puts the student directly into a professional situation and allows him to acquire initial experience in an industrial environment.