24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Research Master programme in Health Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of methods in either clinical or public health research.  


Majors of the Research Master programme in Health Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) include clinical epidemiology, epidemiology, public health epidemiology, genomic & molecular epidemiology, and health decision sciences & technology assessment. After completion, candidates will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to propose state-of-the-art studies, write excellent study protocols, perform the research, analyze the data using modern statistical techniques, make defensible causal inferences, come to justified conclusions, and write outstanding research papers. Depending on the choice of major, the candidate will focus on for example clinical trials, population studies, public health interventions, or modeling studies.


  • The student is able to translate a (clinical) epidemiologic, public health or health care problem into a scientific research question.
  • The student is able to translate a scientific research question in the area of (clinical) epidemiology, public health or health care into a research protocol and/or proposal.
  • The student is able to conduct a systematic literature review of a clinical or public health 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 a career in international medical research or for executive or advisory positions in clinical medicine, public health, pharmaceutical research, or health policy.


This programme is NVAO accredited. 

Programme Structure

Course structure: 

  • 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.

Other requirements

General requirements

You should fit the following criteria: 

  • You have a bachelor's degree in clinical medicine, public health, health sciences, clinical technology, nutrition, (medical) biology, pharmacy, human movement sciences, psychology, health economics, or a broad bachelor’s education (e.g. university college) with subjects in these disciplines;
  • You have affinity with research;
  • A letter of motivation, CV, grades list and certificates are requested as part of the selection procedure for admission;
  • You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.

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

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 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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