24 months
19600 EUR/year
19600 EUR/year
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Compared to other training programmes in clinical research, the Clinical Research Master programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES)  has a strong focus on epidemiologic methods and statistical analysis, to meet the changing needs of the current health care field. 


Students in the Clinical Research Master programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) are in large part clinical investigators with an MD degree (or are in training for this) or a degree in biomedical sciences. The Research Master uses an interdisciplinary blend of biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trial design, medical informatics, and health services research, to prepare the students for a career in patient-oriented and translational research, as well as more traditional clinical investigation.

Research opportunities are offered in a range of fields such as endocrinology, cardiovascular research, various subfields in oncology, neurology, pediatrics, obstetrics, urology, transplantation medicine, gastroenterology and hepatology, surgical research, and musculoskeletal science. Completion of the Clinical Research Master offers an excellent base to continue with a PhD project, for which there are ample opportunities at Erasmus MC as well.


  • The student is able to translate a clinically relevant problem into a scientific research question.
  • The student is able to translate a scientific research question into a research protocol and/or proposal which can be studied in clinical practice, choosing appropriate methodology for the specific setting and patient population.
  • The student is able to conduct a systematic literature review of a clinical issue.
  • The student has knowledge about quantitative methods and the ability to apply this knowledge in preparing, performing, analysing and interpreting research.
  • The student understands core concepts of etiologic (causality), prognostic, diagnostic, prevention, and intervention research.

Career opportunities 

The degree prepares you for an international career in clinical research, or for an executive or advisory position in public health, clinical medicine, drug research or health-policy development. 


NVAO accredited.

Programme Structure

Course stucture

  • First year: methodological, statistical core courses and start research project;

  • Second year: individual research project, electives and seminars.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

You should fit each of the following criteria:

  • You have a Bachelors degree from a school of medicine or biomedical sciences or a broad Bachelor’s education with sufficient basic subjects in medicine and/or biomedical sciences and/or medical biology.
  • You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.
  • If you are a medical student at Erasmus MC, you may apply for this Research Master programme, when you receive an invitation from the Dean, or when you feel you qualify for participation in this programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Rotterdam

760 - 1265 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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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