• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences offered by Utrecht University is research oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach to study related to health and disease in cells and organisms. By the end of the programme you will gain sufficient fundamental knowledge to start working on applications in the field of medical and biotechnological issues.

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The Right Choice For You?

The Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences offered by Utrecht University is the ideal Master’s programme if you are interested in molecules as the basis of life and disease and if you want to know how chemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, and physics contribute to our understanding of how these molecules work. The interplay of molecules in cells and organisms is the central focus of the programme. 

Programme Objectives

You will develop extensive knowledge about cellular processes such as cellular signaling, membrane biogenesis and intracellular transport. You will also learn skills and methods to study the molecules involved in these processes by using biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology, biophysics, computational biology, proteomics and genomics. 

The programme offers you the flexibility to choose any specialisation within the field of molecular and cellular 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. 

MCLS graduates have excellent job prospects at universities, research institutes, and business organisations, ranging from large pharmaceutical industries to start-up biotech companies. Around 60% of all MCLS graduates are offered a PhD student position before ending their programme.

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Concepts in Science 4 life
  • Master course genes to organisms
  • Master course biophysics and molecular imaging
  • Systems biology
  • Virology
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant-environment interactions
  • Plant-microbe interactions

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    93

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

1. A relevant bachelor degree. 

Bachelor programmes that most likely meet the requirements are: Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular life sciences, Biotechnology & engineering, Bioinformatics, other relevant science programme.

2. 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)

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

4. High level of academic competences.

5. Personal competences.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20473 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20473 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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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.

Funding

Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

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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