24 months
20750 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences at Utrecht University is research oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach to study molecules related to health and disease in cells and organisms.

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This may include the development of new medicines and vaccines, new strategies for crop improvement or the 'development' of enzymes to be used in industry. By the end of the programme you will be ready to start a career in biochemical, biomedical, and biotechnological research.

MCLS is the ideal  Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences  at Utrecht University if you are interested in molecules as the basis of life and disease and if you want to know in which way chemistry, biology, biomedical sciences and physics contribute to the understanding of how these molecules work in cells and organisms. The programme provides you with a broad expertise and experience that will put you in the optimal position for a successful career in one of the many areas of Life Sciences.

Career Prospects

After graduation, students receive a Master of Science degree in Chemical Sciences or Biological Sciences from the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Master’s programme. Programme graduates will be qualified for research positions in the fields of cell biology, structural biology, biotechnology, medical chemistry, and genomics/ proteomics, either in the academic world or at pharmaceutical or biotech companies.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts in Science 4 life
  • Master course genes to organisms
  • Master course biophysics and molecular imaging
  • Systems biology
  • Virology
  • Biotechnology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Bachelor programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Molecular life sciences
  • Biotechnology & engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Other relevant science programme

Relevant knowledge, insight and skills.

  • Basic knowledge in the field of Biology and Biochemistry (minimum level 1 bachelor)
  • In depth knowledge and insight as well as mastery of methods and techniques in structural and/or molecular & cell biology and/or systems biology (level 3 bachelor)

High overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables) and high grades for relevant courses

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20750 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20750 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 Utrecht

900 - 1450 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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