2023-2024 / Master

Bioengineering : chemistry and bio-industries (120 ECTS)

120 credits

Programme content

The Master's degree programme in the chemical and bio-industries is based on a broad common foundation based on a multidisciplinary approach

Bloc 1 consists of 8 modules (48 ECTS) completed by a portfolio (2 ECTS), a course in the practice of English for chemistry and a thematic project on the chemistry of natural substances (6 ECTS).

Bloc 2 consists of a common core of 18 ECTS supplemented by a module to be chosen from among 4 modules, allowing the student to delve deeper into a field related to his professional project. This offer is completed by a technical internship (8 ECTS) and a TFE (24 ECTS).

The training aims to enable students to acquire a set of skills combining three major scientific disciplines:

Chemistry: organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biological chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, physico-chemistry of food systems

Biology: molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, immunology, genetic engineering, food hygiene, bioinformatics

Engineering sciences and techniques: food industrial engineering, industrial chemical process engineering, quality management, industrial logistics, food science, thermodynamics applied to food industry processes, unit processes, food industry technology, applied statistics, informatics and algorithms

The skills acquired (3 of which are mainly technical and one managerial in nature) as part of this training will enable you to become a professional able to:

Analyse: Describe and analyse a product, understand and explain a process in the field of life chemistry and bio-industries in an evolving context

Design technological solutions aimed at the food and non-food development of bioresources from a perspective of

Manage: Implement and manage projects to ensure the quality and safety of bio-products

Act as a responsible engineer, direct, lead and motivate a multidisciplinary and diverse team, manage conflicts and demonstrate leadership

Bioscience engineer in the chemistry and bio-industries is a versatile training course that meets the expectations of chemical and life sciences companies that have a vital need for talent to support economic growth.

Our graduates participate in the development of three competitiveness clusters of the Walloon Marshall Plan:

GreenWin : pôle de compétitivité de l'ingénierie chimique et des matériaux durables.

BioWin in the field of biotechnology and health.

Wagralim dedicated to agro-industries. 

These poles represent sectors of economic activity that generate jobs and create innovative products and services.

Added value

Added value of the bioscience engineering masters

Versatile training

At the end of the first cycle of studies, students move on to one of the four master's fields. However, this choice does not lock them into a narrow specialization. The general profile of the Gembloux bioscience engineer guarantees a capacity to adapt to the rapid evolution of the professions, as evidenced by the varied careers of bioscience engineers trained at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech. The most important thing is to focus on the field that best suits your tastes, aptitudes and professional project.

In addition to the teachers at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, about fifty specialists from the world of work participate in teaching in bioscience engineering masters.

Psychosocial skills

The "skills portfolio" makes it possible to refine the construction of professional skills outside the technical fields of specialisation. These are essentially the psycho-social skills (or "Soft Skills") to be reinforced with a view to a future professional project.

The portfolio is an opportunity to enhance in its curriculum personalized training or personal projects that are part of the development of the future professional project. For example, it can provide entrepreneurship coaching for the creation of a company or the follow-up of training courses giving access to technical cooperation for development projects.

Each master's degree also includes a group project, supervised by specialists, which develops communication and organisational skills.

An active internship in a company

Being confronted with professional realities is fundamental to maturing and refining your professional project. A minimum eight-week internship is required in a master's degree. It allows you to discover a profession, a company and a sector of activity. It is also an opportunity to acquire the necessary steps to find a job.

To prepare students for this internship, they will be supervised by human resources specialists who will help them to approach the internship as effectively as possible and who will then analyse their experience with them in order to make the most of this contact with the professional world.

Master thesis

The last months of the second master's degree are entirely dedicated to the completion of a final year work. It is a personal scientific work on a theme defined in consultation with the promoter(s) leading to the demonstration by the students of their autonomy and their ability to pose and solve a problem whose level is compatible with the objectives of the training and the time allocated. This personal work may include the development of analytical methods, measurement tools or planning techniques.

The Faculty also offers the possibility of carrying out this end-of-study work in companies. Compared to the traditional end-of-study work, this formula involves a period of immersion in a company of at least eight weeks. It aims to increase the development of skills such as organizational, time management and task sharing skills. It also aims to raise awareness of the constraints of the professional context (time, deadlines, reliability, safety, costs...). The students jointly define with the Faculty and the company the theme of the final year work.

Learning outcomes


In the specialisation subjects of each of the four masters programmes, these programmes give a very high place to know-how related to the skills that graduates must acquire (practical work, excursions, field visits, group projects) as well as to professional experience activities (internships, end-of-study work that can be carried out in companies).

Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech also supports the development of the students' professional project, making them aware of the socio-economic world and employment throughout the 2 years. This awareness is achieved in particular through courses common to the four bioscience engineering masters courses, which aim to acquire essential managerial and relational skills in the professional environment as well as to promote initiatives requested from students (personal projects, non-compulsory internships, linguistic immersion, etc.).

Learning outcomes

Transversely, the Bioscience engineers leaving Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech are university executives, endowed with entrepreneurial and managerial skills, who can :

Make diagnoses on the complex problems affecting the biosphere, production and valorisation of living organisms;

Adopt a systemic approach to problem solving through adequate mastery of life and environmental sciences, engineering sciences, human sciences and experience acquired through international outreach and professional experience;

Develop innovative professional practices for sustainable biosphere management that take into account scientific, technical, economic, environmental and societal constraints;

Act as a responsible engineer by completing your scientific profile with aspects of communication, leadership, collaborative work, project management, but also ethics and professional conduct in order to be able to respond effectively to new environmental challenges.

Graduates of the Master's degree in Bioscience engineering in Chemistry and Bio-industries have, at the end of their training, the necessary skills to analyse, model and manage industrial processes in the field of life sciences and bio-industries : production and quality, traceability, new processes, engineering of life with a high degree of innovation, etc; the transformation of bio-resources : plant, animal and microbial in food or non-food uses.

Within the Faculty

On the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech campus, specific services are available to students to assist them with queries relating to registration and administrative procedures, social or financial support and housing.

List of contacts at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech.

For any information on studies in Gembloux : + 32 (0)81 62 22 65 info.gembloux@uliege.be www.gembloux.uliege.be/futur-etudiant

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