24 months
17000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The internationally acclaimed Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research) at Radboud University teaches aspiring students to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer. This two-year programme provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research.

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At the end of the Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research) programme at Radboud University  you will be equipped to:

  • Enter into an international PhD programme or participate in projects at biotechnology companies or in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Autonomously formulate a research problem and design and perform scientific research at a high level which is in keeping with international standards.
  • Participate in global scientific discussions and present your work in English before an international scientific audience.

Master's in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease: something for you?

  • An intensive two-year programme that provides in-depth knowledge and research experience of disease-related molecular mechanisms.
  • Acquire skills in academic writing and presentations, and learn how to successfully apply for grants and market yourself.
  • Be part of the unique research community within the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS).
  • Do research that is closely linked to the clinic and aimed at translating results into treatments for patients.
  • A world-class programme rated best in its field and 'Top Programme' by the Keuzegids Masters 2019.
  • Our students rate this Master’s programme 9,0 out of 10 according to the National Student Survey 2019.
  • This study programme is ranked in the top worldwide in its field by ARWU/Shanghai, QS and THE

Career prospects

There is considerable demand for experts in the molecular biomedical sciences as well as in their application to the development of treatments for diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and metabolic diseases.

Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Excellence in Communication 
  • Science and Society 
  • Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine 
  • Immunity-related Disorders and Immunotherapy 
  • Metabolism, Transport and Motion 
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Cell Growth and Differentiation
  • Developmental Disorders and Malignancies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Please submit your application before 1 March if you require a scholarship. Students with private funding should submit their application before 1 April.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch research university (BA or BSc)) with a background in Life Sciences such as Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.

A Bachelor's degree from a university of professional education may, in exceptional cases, be accepted for direct admission.

Further academic requirements include:

  • Degree with results well above average.
  • A strong motivation to pursue a career in research that is related to the molecular mechanisms of disease.
  • At least two months of hands-on practical experience in the field of molecular life sciences.
  • English proficiency
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 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 Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

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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