24 months
17000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the Microbiology Master's specialisation at Radboud University you will work on improving health and environment, by studying, applying, and manipulating microorganisms. You will study the interface between fundamental and applied ecology and medical microbiology.

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Programme overview

The Master's programme in Microbiology focuses on the functioning of micro-organisms and their potential for improving our health and environment. The programme incorporates these two areas as well as focusing on cell structures, and interactions. Students in this programme can choose from a number of specialisations based on their interests.  

The research of the Microbiology department at Radboud University has been bestowed with the most prestigious science prizes, including three ERC Advanced Grants, a Spinoza Prize, and two Gravitation Grants. You will be able to work with state-of-the-art bio-reactors, electron microscopy and mass spectroscopy equipment, and facilities for molecular methods alongside world-class researchers.

Students also have the opportunity for internships at multiple related research institutes, such as the department of Ecological Microbiology, the department of pediatrics (Radboudumc), the department of Internal Medicine (Radboudumc) and the department of Medical Microbiology (Radboudumc).

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What will you learn?

  • Learn about microbiology from a number of different perspectives, including environmental and medical microbiology

  • Choose from a variety of specialisations based on the topics you are passionate about

  • Get hands on experience designing, conducting and presenting research

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme have a variety of job opportunities:

  • Researcher at a university or research institute
  • Researcher in a company, either a large or a start-up company
  • Researcher at a governmental research institute
  • Consultant at a governmental agency, like a ministry
  • Consultant at a consulting firm
  • Risk analyst
  • Policy officer at a governmental organisation or an NGO
  • Project coordinator in water or ecosystem management
  • Communications officer at an environmental organisation
  • Teacher in biology (College or secondary education level)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction and Orientation in Microbiology 
  • Microbial Physiology & Metabolism
  • Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbial Cell Structure & Function
  • Host-microbe Interactions
  • Medical Microbiology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree in Biology, Medical Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, Microbial Biochemistry or related area  All students must have passed preliminary examinations in the following subjects, containing the subject matter of the following well-known international textbooks (or equivalent literature):

Students must have passed (preliminary) examinations containing the following subject matter:

  • Micro- Biology (environmental or medical or physiological) 12 EC
  • Biochemistry 6 EC
  • Cell Biology 6 EC
  • Molecular Biology/ Genomics 6 EC
  • Metabolism 6 EC

Basic understanding of the following subjects is required:

  • Metagenomics or genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Immunology
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  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letter

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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