The basis of the programme is driven by acquiring in-depth fundamental and practical knowledge regarding the biological, biochemical and molecular aspects of humans, animals, plants and microorganisms, including their applications to solve complex problems. This is further complemented by technological, process and engineering-oriented courses, which enable (industrial) upscaling (e.g. through cell and tissue cultures, bioreactors or mass cultivation) and subsequently harvesting, purification and formulation into economically viable products, taking into account ecological and ethical aspects. To this end, also management skills are imparted. Based on biological data sciences a quantitative approach to the fundamental and technological aspects of the training is central. Thanks to the solid and multidisciplinary training, every bioscience engineer in cell and gene biotechnology will, upon graduation, be proficient in the biotechnology and bioscience engineering of animals, plants, the human body and micro-organisms to solve scientific and societal challenges in multidisciplinary teams.
Due to the explosive growth of biotechnology, there is high variety of employment possibilities in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, agricultural and food and feed sectors. To address this increasing demand for academics with a more specialised background, the basic bio-engineering cell and gene biotechnology training programme is complemented with an elective major in the master's programme. Each major comprises a fixed package of electives in a certain domain, namely:
- Biomedical biotechnology
- Plant biotechnology
- Industrial biotechnology
- Computational biology
The Faculty of Bioscience Engineering is highly internationally oriented. You will come into contact with students and cultures from all over the world. Moreover, there are various ways in which you can gain experience abroad. For example, you can take part in an exchange programme during the master's education. An internship abroad is also one of the possibilities. In addition, you can also go abroad for a period of time as part of your master's thesis.
For programme-specific information, please visit https://www.ugent.be/bw/nl/voor-studenten/buitenland (Dutch only).
The educational programme of Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering: cell and gene biotechnology is a good preparation for a managerial career in research and product development. Application areas are industrial fermentation processes, environmental remediation, food, fine chemicals, human health, plant cultivation, animal husbandry, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry, which also reflect possible professional profiles. In addition to the labour market in industry, the bioscience engineer in cell and gene biotechnology also frequently works in research and/or education at universities, research institutes, government institutes and the R&D departments of big companies. On the website www.bioingenieursaanhetwerk.be (Dutch only) very different alumni profiles can be consulted.