DNA and protein are the secret codes of the human body. Decipher the codes and you will get an insight into bodily processes. In Radboud University we offer a multidisciplinary Master’s programme in Molecular Life Sciences. Working at the interface of chemistry, biology and medical science, you will not only explore the basic principles of molecules and cells, but also their role in health and disease. This combination of scientific topics translated into medical implications and solutions is unique in the Netherlands.
You are able to chose from three specialisations within this programme:
- Chemistry for Life
- Clinical Biology
- Medical Epigenomics
- Science in Society
- Science, Management and Innovation
Theprogramme is structured as follows:
- Two internships (each lasting eight months and worth 45 EC) to be performed in different departments and each consisting of practical research and a written report (36 EC), a theoretical component (3 EC) and a literature thesis (6 EC)
- Courses in line with your chosen research topic and selected from an extensive list of Master’s level courses (30 EC)
The programme is closely associated with two institutes that have an excellent international reputation: the Institute of Molecules and Materials and the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences. You will enter a dynamic research environment, work with top scientists, learn about the latest developments in your discipline and conduct research in state-of-the-art laboratories. Thanks to cooperation with the neighbouring University Medical Centre, there is continuous exchange between Lab and Clinic.
You will be given considerable freedom to follow your own interests. Two internships are central to the programme. You choose a specialisation and you join a related research group, for example Anthropogenetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Neurobiology or Bioinformatics. You will have your personal tutor who will help you decide which subjects and research to follow. Your second internship will be with a different research group. You can also choose to follow an internship abroad or within a company. In making your choice, you will be able to benefit from the extensive international networks of our scientists.
Most graduates go on to do a PhD in Nijmegen, at another Dutch university or abroad. Each year our research institutes have a number of PhD vacancies. Some find a job as a researcher or manager in the pharmaceutical industry, in the private commercial sector or in research organisations.
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Molecular Life Sciences or related area
In order to get admission to this Master’s you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences. This degree must have an adequate multidisciplinary basis in especially Chemistry and Biology and some Physics and Mathematics (as evaluated by the Examination Board).
2. A proficiency in English
The language requirements for Master's programme in Molecular Life Sciences differ from the general language requirements!
In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥232 (computer based) or ≥90 (internet based)
- IELTS score of ≥6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher
3. A background in research methodology
Our programmes is based on research, because we are an academic university and involved in many international research projects. Therefore, we require a basic research training.
DeadlinesProgrammes starting in September
- Non-EEA students: 1 April.
- EEA students: 1 May.
Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.
Last updated June 21, 2016