Systems Biology

Maastricht University

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Deze opleiding

Do you want to better understand the underlying mechanisms of life? Would you like to contribute to integrating the scientific fields of biology and mathematics in order to open new perspectives for a deeper insight into biology, development of diseases and possibly the development of new therapies? Then Systems Biology is the right programme for you!


typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
Systems biology is a rapidly emerging field that aims at a holistic understanding of biological systems, which has been a long standing goal of biomedical sciences. The progress of genome sequencing and other comparable -omics technologies has opened up the path towards this systems-level understanding. Key in this understanding is the integration and continuous interactions between complimentary disciplines in a cyclic process. Within the field of Systems Biology, these interdisciplinary corner stones consist of both the life sciences (biology and medicine) and mathematics (modelling, data handling and informatics).

It is the mission and challenge of the master programme to train specialists in systems biology, who master highly different skills in life sciences and mathematics and who are able to integrate this knowledge in unifying concepts and novel experiments. The master programme covers topics from several fields, including biology, computer science, mathematics and bioinformatics.The future of biology and biomedical sciences will benefit strongly from masters with these capabilities and competences.

Waarom aan de Maastricht University?

A curriculum with (elective) courses, a personal portfolio and an academic supervisor.
A wide spectrum of science courses and skills leading to a multi-disciplinary programme merging biology and biomedical sciences with mathematical modelling (closely related to current and future demands of society). There is no alternative to this master programme, as such a programme cannot be offered by the individual disciplines.
Instructional format directed to problem solving and student-centred learning (problem-based learning and research-based learning).
A large proportion of student research in the programme (student projects and master thesis).
An international academic community in close contact with local industry.
Educational setting in small groups meaning high staff/student ratio.
Staff consisting of top researchers, which brings enormous added value to the scientific quality of the programme.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet40% zelfstudie
20% theorie
40% praktijk
case studies, computer opdrachten, groepsdiscussie, groepsopdracht, hoorcollege, individuele opdracht, laboratoriumwerk, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, poster presentatie, practicum, project, stage, werkgroep, zelfstudie
The corner stones of the master in Systems Biology are both the life sciences (biology and medicine) and mathematics (modelling, data handling and informatics). The aim of the programme is to integrate both corner stones into the new discipline of systems biology.
It is the key requirement, but also the main challenge to bring together these distant disciplines, requiring highly specialized and different skills, into one programme and to train top-level students overseeing and mastering this multidisciplinary domain, being able to generate truly new knowledge and novel scientific and translational insights.

The primary method is Problem-Based Learning (PBL), i.e. working in small groups with a high proportion of team expertise exchange and hands-on data training. Group size is limited to between 10-12 participants. PBL typically requires the active involvement of the students to solve problems in small groups with the assistance of an experienced tutor. The tutor supports the group and is considered to be a facilitator rather than a teacher since the group must identify problems.
This approach is specifically suitable for the master in systems biology, combining master students with very different backgrounds, allowing them to share their complimentary knowledge bringing it to a high joint level. It has been shown that recollection of acquired knowledge and use of that knowledge in practice can be preferred over learning solely by lectures. In addition, students acquire the attitude of a scientist in PBL since the interaction with peers and the method used to solve a problem is similar to the processes used in carrying out successful research.

PBL also helps to educate students on how to approach novel problems which the graduates might encounter when they start a professional career in a university, company or hospital. In addition, students will participate in expert lectures, journal clubs, practical work in labs and clinics (see below), as well as work on both group and individual projects. Especially the two project-periods of the first year will require independent working in multidisciplinary groups to tackle a scientific problem.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 17500
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 17500

1 september 2020

collegegeld nog niet bekend

More information about the admission process can be found here:
Applicants must have the following:

  1. You have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field composed of at least 180 ECTS:

Biomedical Sciences or Life Sciences
Data Sciences
Informatics or Computer Sciences
University Colleges
or bachelor programmes to or containing Systems Biology.

2. At least 15 ECTS (or equivalent) in mathematics at bachelor level. The mathematics should include the topics: Linear and/or geometric algebra, analysis & calculus, trigonometry, and basic statistics (data analysis and evaluation). This prerequisite can be waived dependent on individual backgrounds and programmes. Please contact us.



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studie kosten
bron: Maastricht University
bedrag kostenpost
€ 400levensonderhoud
€ 80studiematerialen
€ 350
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
308kamerhuur in Maastrichtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


17 studenten volgen deze opleiding
41% daarvan is vrouw
11 eerstejaars gestart in 2018
45% daarvan is vrouw
16600 studenten aan de Maastricht University
60% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Maastricht

20231studenten studerend
9323studenten woonachtig   
€ 308gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
24 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Na de studie

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Systems Biology is a relatively new and rapidly developing field of science. This means there is a large demand for graduates that can combine biology and life sciences with computational modelling and mathematics. The majority of the students finds already a job before they are graduated.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Because the programme has a strong emphasis on professional research skills, you will have all the skills you need to pursue a career in:
academic research groups (as a PhD candidate)
research institutes (like MaCSBio or Institute Data Sciences)
medical research at hospital (MUMC+) or start-up companies
industrial R&D departments
start-ups & SMEs
governmental institutions
consultancy firms

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