24 months
20715 EUR/year
2168 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 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  at 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.


Within this Master’s programme you can choose one of three tracks:

  • Genes to Organisms
  • Molecules and Cells
  • Biophysics and Molecular imaging

The track Computational Biology will become part of the new master's programme Bioinformatics and Biocomplexity that starts in september 2020.

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.


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

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Other requirements

General requirements

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.

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

    20715 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20715 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 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.


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