Molecular Life Sciences, M.Sc.

Molecular Life Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
At the interface of chemistry, biology and medical science, the Master’s programme Molecular Life Science is unique in the Netherlands. You will explore the basic principles of molecules and cells and also their role in health and disease, with your choice of specialised focus. As well as study, you will gain extensive research experience in high-profile multidisciplinary research groups.


The Master’s in Molecular Life Sciences Molecular Life Sciences the Radboud University Radboud University focuses on a deeper molecular understanding of health and disease in the fields of biology, chemistry and medical science. 

As a Molecular Life Sciences student your scope encompasses chemistry, biology and medical sciences. This is an excellent position to address challenging health issues, such as wound healing, genetically inherited diseases, or brain-related issues, like Alzheimer’s disease. You’ll get hands-on experience in the laboratory or with computer modelling, depending on the specialisation of your choice. 

All seven specialisations of Molecular Life Sciences are closely associated with chemistry and medical biology. What unites all specialisations is the starting point: exploring the basic principles of molecules and cells. From there, you cross over to finding clinically applicable solutions.

Choose your focus

As a Molecular Life Sciences student, you'll choose one of the following specialisations: 

  • Medical Epigenomics
  • Neuroscience
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation
  • Science and Education (in Dutch)
  • Human Biology

  • Chemistry for Life

Within each specialisation you will have plenty of room to customise your programme. With electives and internships, you can fit the programme exactly to your specific interests. 

Experience multidisciplinary research

A large part involves internships; the best way to develop your knowledge and skills and to prepare yourself for your future career. You can get trained in research in order to become a PhD student, or focus on societal, policy and business issues and solutions.

A variety of collaborative research initiatives have been established between Faculty of Science researchers and Radboudumc researchers. These provide many possibilities for multidisciplinary research internships at institutes like the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc), and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DI). 

You can also choose to broaden your perspective with high-profile medically oriented groups on the Radboud campus and with international institutes, such as EMBL, the Max-Planck Institute, Cambridge University, US-based institutes, etc.

A personal setting

All the courses and internships take place in a stimulating, personal setting. This means you get the full attention of students and teachers. Among the teaching staff are two ERC advanced grant and two ERC starting grant laureates. Other Radboud researchers stand out in the fields of animal and human physiology, human genetics and disease, and molecular and cellular clinical studies.

Programme Structure

The Master’s programme in Molecular Life Sciences is taught at the Faculty of Science. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The programme depends on the specialisation you choose to follow. Generally, the programme consists of:

  • Compulsory courses
  • Specialisation electives 
  • Philosophy and free electives
  • One or two internships
  • One or two literature theses


Most graduates go on to do a PhD in Nijmegen, at another Dutch university or abroad. Each year our research institutes have a number of PhD vacancies. Some find a job as a researcher or manager in the pharmaceutical industry, in the private commercial sector or in research organisations.

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 TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Molecular Life Sciences or related area.2. A proficiency in EnglishNon-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
  • TOEFL score of >=575 (paper based) or >=90 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of >=6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher
* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.3. A background in research methodology

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10856 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10856 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Nijmegen

  • 880 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Radboud University offers many scholarships to international students. Our two most popular are the Radboud Scholarship Programme and the Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme. For more information, check our website:

Radboud Scholarship Programme 

For all non-EEA students. The Radboud Scholarship Programme is offered by Radboud University and provides a select number of talented non-EEA students with a scholarship to study at Radboud University. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees. Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme 

Orange Tulip Scholarship programme offers excellent students coming from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Thailand or Vietnam the opportunity to receive a scholarship. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees. Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

We offer many more scholarships. Please check our website for the full list and conditions of eligibility:

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