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Master in Chemistry and Bio-industries

Master in Chemistry and Bio-industries

This formation is taught in french.

The 2020-2021 programme is subject to change. It is provided for information purposes only.

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  • Programme title
    Master in Chemistry and Bio-industries
  • Programme mnemonic
  • Programme organised by
    • Faculty of Sciences
    • Brussels School of Engineering
  • Degree type
    Masters 120 credits
  • Tier
    2nd cycle
  • Field and branch of study
    Sciences and technics/Agronomy and bioengineering
  • Schedule type
  • Languages of instruction
  • Theoretical programme duration
    2 years
  • Campus
  • Category / Topic
    Sciences and technics - Agronomy and bioengineering
  • Jury President
    Philippe BOGAERTS
  • Jury Secretary
    Sigrid FLAHAUT


General information

Degree type

Masters 120 crédits

Theoretical programme duration

2 years

Learning language(s)


Schedule type




Category(ies) - Topic(s)

Sciences and technics - Agronomy and bioengineering

Organising faculty(s) and university(ies)

Succeed in your studies

ULB offers a number of activities and resources that can help you develop a successful strategy before or during your studies.

You can make the transition to higher education easier by attending preparatory courses, summer classes, and information and orientation sessions, even before you start your studies at ULB.

During your studies, many people at ULB are there specifically to help you succeed: support staff in each faculty, (inter-)faculty guidance counsellors, tutors, and experts in academic methodology.


The training meets the objectives set by the society, evolving and lead by the ever wideningrange of bioengineering applications. The studies take their roots in the domains of environment management, agro-ecosystems and all the industrial activities based on living beings.

The deeply multidisciplinary training helps the student to develop his creativity and his versatility in order to be functional in the various domains of engineering and biological sciences.

The Master in Chemistry and Bio-industries covers specialized fields such as: biotechnology, processes, genetics, cellular biology, food industry and bioinformatics. The following skills development and improvement are targeted:

  • Design innovative scientific and technological solutions
  • Manage and assume the responsibility of scientific research in the domains of chemistry and bio-industries
  • Measure, analyze and make a diagnosis in the framework of complex engineering problematic in order to implement operational and sustainable solutions.
  • Stimulate the development of the student personality (their ethic commitment) and their preparation to a responsible citizenship, particularly by allowing them to integrate the decision-making processes of the institution and of the school of bioengineering.
Teaching profile

The program, divided in mandatory courses, elective courses and internship, offers varied teaching methods: from lecture to exercise and practical in laboratories or personal work in the framework of projects.

During the bloc 1 of the Master, half the teaching is allocated to exercises, practical, visits, personal work while the other half is dedicated to lectures.

During the bloc 2 of the Master, emphasis is put on the master thesis (25 ECTS), which is a long duration thorough research work and on a 12 weeks internship. These two works represent together close to 60% of the final year.

The studies leading to the academic degree of Master in Bioengineering ensure the student of a versatility based on the acquisition of general scientific bases associated with the learning of engineering techniques. This versatility favors the development of an integration and interaction capability for a global approach of the problems and coming from a care of the sustainability of the realized solutions.

The Masters in bioengineering deliver, on top of this general versatile training, a more specific training that are translated in 3 major orientations, corresponding to the main domains of bioengineers activity, namely, chemical and bio-industries, environment science and technology, and agronomic science.

Bioengineers student at ULB benefits from a unique interfaculty environment, in a multidisciplinary university in the capital of Europe, close to the European Institutions.

The combination of the teachings from the Science Faculty and from the Brussels Polytechnic School is a major asset to strengthen the multidisciplinarity of the training.
The teaching in this Master are based on cutting edge research in the different laboratories of the EIB and some laboratories of the Science Faculty and of the Brussels Polytechnic School. It also relies on some internationally-renowned research institutes as Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Human and Molecular Biology (IRIBHM) from Faculty of Sciences and Institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine (IBMM) from Faculty of Medecine.

The Master in Chemistry and Bio-industries is a EUR-ACE ® labelled programme, like all the EIB Masters. Awarded by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE), the European label EUR-ACE ® attests the quality of teaching and management of the establishment. It is awarded to engineering schools that meet the quality criteria of the specific EUR-ACE® Framework Standards & Guidelines (EAFSG). It promotes the mobility of students between certified institutions and the professional integration of graduates in Belgium and abroad.

EIB students have the opportunity to stay one or two semesters in a foreign university. Most of the time, this stay takes place during the first bloc of the Master. To enable those stays, EIB has signed exchange agreements with about twenty bioengineering departments of EU universities (Erasmus program)

Available destinations through these agreements are: Austria, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Moreover, bilateral exchange agreements have been signed by the ULB with non-EU universities, allowing students to go study outside of Europe for a semester or a complete academic year.

The internship organized by the Development Cooperation Committee of the Polytechnic School (Codepo) offers the opportunity to some of EIB students to go for one month in a developing country. This internship is proposed in the list of elective courses of the Master.

On top of that, various laboratories propose master theses on subjects that require a one to three month stay abroad, most of the time in developing countries.

EIB has developed a national and international network of academic and industrial partnership that is materialized by student exchanges (Erasmus and internship), lectures given by industrial specialists, on site visits and research collaborations.

For the Master in "Chemistry and bio-industries", this is translated, among other things, in practical on industrial pilot plants, lectures from industrial executives from Vivaqua and Total, visits of wastewater treatment plants, of food industries and other Belgian companies. The Development Cooperation may take place during the training.

Access conditions


The Master is focused on life sciences and biotechnology which have an important role to play in line with trends in society. The Master course programme enables students to control biotechnology and bioinformatic tools suitable for creating and producing in agribusiness, chemistry or pharmaceutical industry. From lab to large-industrial scale, working with single living cell as well as whole populations, students can manage complex issues in various industrial sectors.

The first year of the Master consists in two mains axes : "Science and technology" and "Engineering science". During the second year, the training programme plans professionalisation. Students can acquire work experience through periods spent in academic laboratory or companies (company visits and internship).

The Master diploma in Bioengineering Sciences gives access to undertake doctoral studies.

What's next ?


This training leads to a broad range of application domains. Agronomy, environment, territorial planning, biotechnologies,… are all sectors in which a bioengineer will be able to flourish. He might particularly work in industry, administrations (national and international), and consultancy but also in teaching and research.

The studies leading to the academic degree of Master in Bioengineering Sciences are compliant with the law regarding the access to the profession and confers the professional title of bioengineer.

Graduated with a Master degree in Chemistry and bioindustries from EIB can get employment in many fields:

  • R&D or processing in different industrial sectors: pharmaceutics, chemistry, food industry, biotechnology, bioinformatics
  • as expert, consultant or trainer in technical center, consultancy company or administration (national, international).
  • researcher in academic laboratory (with or without doctoral degree).