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Howest bachelor Biomedische Laboratoriumtechnologie

Studying Biomedical Laboratory Technology at Howest

For whom?

  • You want to be able to measure your exact blood values.
  • You wonder how a nicotine patch helps against smoking addiction.
  • You are fascinated by the mysteries of DNA.
  • You think it is a challenge to work on the newest biotechnological developments.


Biomedical Laboratory Technology at Howest is a polyvalent and especially practice-oriented training programme. Our laboratories are equipped with the newest technology. We work in small groups, so that we can coach you well.

After 4 semesters, you choose one field of specialisation.

The Biomedical Laboratory Technology training programme offers a wide network of exciting work placement locations in East- and West-Flanders.

Biomedische laboratoriumtechnologie

The Training Programme

The First 4 Semesters

In Biomedical Laboratory Technology, you get a strong scientific basis which makes that you can be deployed in a wide range of fields. Chemistry and Biology are important subjects. You learn how the human body functions when it is sick or healthy. You discover the world of micro-organisms. The laboratory becomes your trusted workplace. You do all kinds of experiments and get to know the different research techniques.

The further you advance in your training, the more in-depth and enhancing modules are offered. You get to know the different domains where you, as an analyst, can find a job: pharmacy, microbiology, biotechnology, pathology, nutrition.

The Fifth and Sixth Semesters

Here, you choose a specialisation as graduation field. You are now ready to handle real-life cases in our skills lab.

In semester 6, we go on a foreign study trip, where we get access to high-qualified labs. Afterwards, you do a work placement. Your bachelor thesis is the product of your training.

A number of our students were granted excellent awards: Innovation Award, Analyst of the Year or were nominated for the Flemish Thesis Prize!

Graduation Fields

Pharmaceutical and Biological Laboratory Technology

We immerse you in specific pharmaceutical, analytical and molecular biological techniques. We hereby always start from realistic practice examples.

  • You learn to make medication, as in a pharmacy, but you also learn to identify these, as in a toxicological laboratory.
  • You discover your own DNA, but you also learn everything about genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs).
  • You carry out experiments in group, such as in a (university) research & development laboratory (R&D).
  • You work in a ‘dry lab’.
  • You analyse foods.

In the last semester, you are completely ready for your work placement, a 16 weeks’ practice experience in a laboratory in Belgium or abroad. This graduation field is unique in West-Flanders.

Medical Laboratory Technology

You become a specialist in pathological anatomy, medical microbiology and clinical biology. We hereby always start from realistic practice examples.

  • You determine your blood type and study the different types of white blood cells.
  • You know which analyses are necessary to diagnose diabetes.
  • You know how our body defends itself against parasites.
  • You discover how to protect yourself against hepatitis and malaria.
  • You learn how to examine whether a tumour is benign or malignant.

The graduation field Medical Laboratory Technology has more than 50 years of experience.

Biomedische laboratoriumtechnologie

Work Placement and Practice

In the last semester, you are really ready for your work placement, a 16 weeks’ practice experience, mostly in 2 different medical laboratories in Belgium or abroad.

Here, Howest can count on the support and the cooperation of e.g. university and general hospitals, regional hospitals, private laboratories and several institutions in West-Flanders and East-Flanders. During your work placement, you discover the different specialities of your future profession.

Where Do You Find the Job of Your Life?

Pharmaceutical and Biological Laboratory Technology

After your studies, you can choose from a wide range of jobs.

You can cooperate on (academic) research at a research & development department of a pharmaceutical, biotechnological, nutritional or toxicological company.

You can also work with:

  • the criminal federal police,
  • in a pharmacy,
  • as a technical commercial staff member in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological and medical sectors.

Medical Laboratory Technologist

After your training as a medical laboratory technologist, you will surely find an exciting job. You can work in medical labs of hospitals and polyclinics, blood banks and blood transfusion centres, ... With your diploma, you are a polyvalent staff member and you work:

  • as a recognised paramedic in medical labs
  • as a research staff member in official public health services or in biomedical research laboratories
  • as a commercial representative for laboratory tools and equipment


Jeroen Maertens
Graduate in Biomedical Laboratory Technology

Jeroen Maertens“Ever since I was a child, I wanted to work in a laboratory and do research. I thought that Biomedical Laboratory Technology was an interesting training. To me, Howest seemed to be the best college to take this study, thanks to its student-friendly environment.

In the second year, I became a student representative and took part in the consultation concerning student participation. Here it appeared that student participation is an important aspect of the Howest policy. In the third year, I did a work placement in the UK. I was immersed in many different cultures. An international experience is always fun, informative and adventurous. It is also a plus on your CV.

My work placement location was a laboratory at the Bristol University (UK). On the occasion of my intermediary evaluation, I was given the advice to obtain a ‘PhD by research’. The work placement supervisor suggested to do so in his laboratory. A few months after I graduated, I started doctoral studies in molecular biology at the University of Bristol.


Studying or doing a work placement abroad is an absolute added value. Howest attaches great importance to internationalisation. All Howest training programmes therefore actively promote the international thought among their students and lecturers.

Have a look at all our international initiatives

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