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Biomolecular Sciences - Molecular Cell Biology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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In this Biomolecular Sciences - Molecular Cell Biology programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you'll focus on the fundamentals of molecular and cellular processes

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How to provide safe, stable food and how to produce crops in a stable way? How to develop treatments for age-related diseases or infections? How to find solutions to emerging problems, such as antibiotic resistance and nitrogen fixation in our soils? These are all demanding challenges that modern society faces. And it’s our priority to find solutions.

Real-world experience is an important part of this programme. In this Biomolecular Sciences - Molecular Cell Biology programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you’ll take a six-month lab-based internship, which you can carry out at VU Amsterdam, off campus or even abroad in your second year. In addition to the internship, you’ll complete a bioinformatics project, comprising analyses and computer-based work.

And finally, you’ll have the chance to supplement your coursework with selected capstone projects, which aim to provide you with in-depth knowledge and discussion of various research topics. While these projects are optional, they’re a great opportunity to discover the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject as well as completing assignments. Some current capstone topics include molecular biotechnology and epigenetics.

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Alternatively, you could use your skills and expertise in life sciences to work as a specialist in a life sciences or pharmacology company or organisation. You could become a medical product specialist, junior technical scientist, IT specialist and data scientist, or junior researcher at pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology startups. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Molecular Infection Biology
  • Drug-induced Stress & Cellular Response
  • Signal Transduction in Health & Disease
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Bioinformatics for Translational Medicine
  • Algorithms in Sequence Analysis
  • Biosystems Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Programming (Python)
  • Dynamics of Biomolecules and Cells
  • Introduction to Systems Biology
  • Project Computational Design and Synthesis
  • Biophotonics
  • Microbial Genomics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • If you want to apply for a Master's programme at VU Amsterdam, the application procedure depends on your previous degree(s) and whether you obtained your diploma in the Netherlands or abroad. You find all information about the application procedure with a Dutch or international degree on the application page. Once you have completed the application, our International Student Advisors will contact you via email.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 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 Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 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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