MSc in Molecular Sciences


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Program Description

Programme Overview

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Molecular Sciences or related disciplines
  • Gain the skills and theoretical basis of biochemistry and utilize these insights in your research
  • Use chemistry to understand and interact with molecular systems of life to probe and modify cellular functions, find new drug-delivery methods, or explore single-cell technology

Why study Molecular Sciences at Radboud University?

The Master's programme in Molecular Sciences at Radboud University is ranked in the top 100 worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings. In addition to our great reputation, Radboud is home to multiple research institutes, including the Institute for Molecules and Materials, the Radboud Institute for Molecular Sciences, the Radboud University Medical Center and the Donders Insitute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

With all of our world-class institutes, you will be surrounded by great minds, including four ERC grant laureates.

We promote a collaborative approach at Radboud, and you will receive the support you need to pursue your own research passions, as well as the opportunity to join multidisciplinary research projects, working with scientists from a wide array of backgrounds in fields such as animal and human physiology, human genetics and disease, and molecular and cellular clinical studies.

You will also benefit from Radboud's extensive worldwide network, giving you the option to pursue internships throughout the Netherlands, or abroad.

What will you learn?

At Radboud University we offer a multidisciplinary Master’s programme in Molecular 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 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.

You can choose between a few specialisations in Anthropogenetics, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Neurobiology or Bioinformatics. You will have your personal tutor who will help you decide which subjects and research to follow.

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.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme could find work as:

  • Researchers at universites or institutes
  • PhD students
  • Policy makers
  • Consultants
  • BioMedical professionals


You are able to choose from specialisations within this programme:

  • Chemistry of Life

In this specialisation, you will use chemistry to understand life at the molecular level. You will focus on complex molecular systems in a biological context.

  • Molecular Chemistry

A thorough programme in the heart of chemistry, covering all stages from molecule design to application. Dive into this creative science, where you synthesize molecules with new biological or physical properties to address scientific or societal challenges.

  • Physical Chemistry

Most chemical research involves synthesis and characterisation of new molecules. Basically, a trial and error approach. This specialisation goes one step further: it aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials.

  • Science in Society

Science and technology have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. This specialisation equips you with the tools to become a professional intermediary between science and society.

  • Science, Management and Innovation

All organisations struggle with challenges such as sustainability, health, energy, and IT security. Solutions require scientists with an analytical as well as a societal understanding of these issues.

  • Science and Education (in Dutch)

Do you have a passion for Molecular Sciences and an interest in didactics? Do you like presenting and sharing knowledge? Want to work on your personal leadership skills? Science and Education offers scientific and didactic education, enabling you to teach in secondary school right after graduation.

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)

Admission requirements

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

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Molecular 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 Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. The Admission Office will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

2. A background in research methodology
Our programme is based on research, because we’re an academic university and involved in many international research projects. Therefore, basic research training is required.

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Language Requirements

Please note: the language requirements for the Master's programme in Molecular 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 ≥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


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.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less