The Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology (Industry Focus) is the only one of its kind in Belgium.
This course allows students to specialise in the fields of industrial biology, and particularly in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry. Students will be required to do their placements and dissertation in an industrial setting. Naturally, students will receive solid theoretical and practical training, with courses ranging from biochemistry to cell biology, genetics, molecular biology and microbiology, and they will benefit from a cross-disciplinary view of these fields.
Through the numerous industrial contacts that will be established during the placements and the dissertation, students will gain a better insight into the world of industry and may even be placed with future employers. This Master’s degree also paves the way for a PhD and/or an additional 30 credits to obtain the AESS upper secondary teaching qualification.
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Program and structure
The Master’s degree Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology (Industry Focus) is an advanced course based on a solid scientific foundation, put into practice through placements in companies and laboratories linked to the various courses.
A course in Laboratory Animal Science is also included in the Master’s programme.
Particular attention is paid to learning scientific communication in French and English through research seminars and in the “Scientific Workshop Training” course.
The Master’s degree Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology (Industry Focus) offers students the opportunity to undertake their dissertation and placements in numerous industries specialising in life sciences.
The programme includes:
- A common curriculum in the first year of the programme with the Master’s in Biology of Organisms and Ecology
- A range of specialised courses in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology
- Courses in industrial law, management, environmental policy and legislation
- Industry placements at UMONS and elsewhere
- A course in Laboratory Animal Science
- Learning scientific communication in French and English through research seminars and in the “Scientific Workshop Training” course
- A dissertation, based on industry.
The programme description defines the expected learning outcomes at the end of the cycle (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.). The programme description defines the expected learning outcomes, i.e. what the student should know, understand and be able to achieve at the end of a learning activity, a teaching unit or a study cycle (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.). Learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, expertise and soft skills.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Use their acquired professional skills according to the objectives of the degree or programme
- Use their acquired highly specialised and integrated knowledge and broad skills in biological sciences, particularly in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology, as an extension of those acquired at Bachelor level
- Carry out large-scale research and development projects in biological sciences, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology
- Manage and conduct research, development and innovation projects
- Master communication techniques
- Develop and implement a high degree of autonomy
- Apply scientific methodology
- Perform animal experiments
For more information, consult the course description for this study cycle below.
This Master's degree opens the way to numerous jobs in industry.
Students can then go on to work in the pharmaceutical industry and all industries specialising in biotechnology.
Graduates of this Master's are also eligible to apply for a PhD and may continue their training to obtain the AESS upper secondary teaching qualification.