DNA and protein are the secret codes of the human body. Decipher the codes and you will get an insight into bodily processes. At 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 choose from specialisations within this programme:

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation


The programme 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)

Top scientists

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 a continuous exchange between Lab and Clinic.

Great freedom

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.

Career prospects

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.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Molecular Life Sciences or related area.

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma, with an adequate multidisciplinary basis in especially chemistry and biology and some physics and mathematics. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted or is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

2. A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of ≥90;
  • An 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


Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.

Quality label

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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated January 29, 2019
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