• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
From the discovery of new energy sources to the design of enzymes to produce new medicines, most cutting-edge research requires knowledge of molecular processes. The Molecular Life Sciences programme at Wageningen University and Research focuses on the molecular aspects within the fields of nutrition, health, nature and the living environment.


This MSc Molecular Life Sciences programme at Wageningen University and Research consists of four specialisations that are based upon a unique combination of three main disciplines: biology, chemistry and physics. 

Research is an important part of the programme and there is a wide variety of research subjects to choose from in order to carry out your thesis and internship during your second year. The combination of chemistry, physics and biology is especially appealing to many employers.

Research Methods in Common Part

The common part consists of some research methods and some academic skills training. Each student is to choose one or more research method courses. There are courses related to Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Microbiology, Biophysics, Organic Chemistry, Systems Biology and Molecular Biology. Most courses are only 3 credits, but the latter two are midget theses of 12 credits.


There are probably no two individuals with the same career. There just are too many possibilities. Here you find some general sketches of possible careers. This gives you also some idea on possible subsequent jobs.

Usually a career in industry starts after your PhD. At least, as far as the Research and Development (R&D) departments are concerned. If you want to enroll directly in management positions you may well do without a PhD. 

In a R&D department you do high quality research to develop new products and to improve existing ones. After a few years the decision is made on your career profile. After quite some years of research many people tend to be in for something else. Many welcome the possibilities in industry to enter management positions, while others continue their research as senior scientists.

Programme Structure


  • Biological Chemistry
  • Physical Biology
  • Physical Chemistry

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A BSc degree (or equivalent) in a field of science relevant to Molecular Life Sciences
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) for this BSc of at least 70% of the maximum grade (in specific cases 80%)
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Wageningen

  • 700 - 800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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