As a Master’s student in our Science programme, you will find yourself at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics as you work to discover the secrets behind the man, molecule and materials.


The programme offers you considerable freedom to follow your own interests. At the start of the programme you will select one study area from the following options:

  • Chemistry of Life
  • Medical Epigenomics
  • Molecular Chemistry
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurophysics
  • Particle and Astrophysics
  • Physical Chemsitry
  • Physics of Molecules and Materials
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation

Within the area, you can choose from several specialisations ranging from material science to neural networks and from neurobiology to organic chemistry and nanoscience.

The programme is structured as follows:

  • Major internship including 12 EC theory (60 EC)
  • Minor internship including 6 EC theory (30 EC)
  • Elective courses and philosophy (30 EC)

For the internships, there is a personal supervisor with whom the subjects and research programmes are determined. There is the opportunity to do part of the internships abroad.

Top research and equipment

The programme is closely linked to two internationally recognised Nijmegen institutes: the Institute for Molecules and Materials and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. Both have state-of-the-art equipment capable of identifying the characteristics of molecules, materials and the human brain. There are the magnets in the High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML), the NMR and MRI facilities, the free electron laser and the NanoLab. Little wonder that both institutes attract top scientists from all over the world. As a Master’s student, you will find yourself in a dynamic research environment working alongside scientists who are leaders in their field.

Career prospects

Most of our graduates continue to do a PhD, either in Nijmegen or elsewhere. Our institutes have various vacancies every year. Graduates also find employment as researchers and managers in industry, in the commercial sector and in research institutes.

Admission requirements

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

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Science or related area

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch research university diploma, with an adequate multidisciplinary foundation in at least two of the following three disciplines, of 30 EC each: Chemistry, Biology or Physics. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted.

2. Proficiency in English

The language requirements for Master's programme in Science differ from the general language requirements!

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


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 designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

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Last updated October 19, 2018
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