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 program for you!

Systems biology is a rapidly emerging field that aims at a holistic understanding of biological systems, which has been a long standing goal of biological sciences. With the progress of genome sequencing and other comparable -omics projects that accumulate in-depth knowledge of the molecular nature of biological system, we are now beginning to generate system-level understanding, based on molecular-level knowledge.

The corner stones of systems biology are both the life sciences (biology and medicine) and mathematics (modelling, data handling and informatics). Integration and continuous interactions between these complimentary disciplines in a cyclic process shape systems biology, in which comprehensive knowledge at multiple levels is fundamental.

It is the mission and challenge of the master program 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 success of the master program will heavily rely on the success of bringing these two different worlds together and in our opinion the problem-based learning system is the best-placed form of education to achieve this. There is no alternative to this new master, as such a program cannot be offered by the individual disciplines. The future of biology and biomedical sciences will benefit strongly from masters with these capabilities and competences.


typeregulier, 120 EC
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

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). A large proportion of student research in the programme (student projects and master thesis).
Instructional format directed to problem solving and student-centred learning (problem-based learning and research-based learning).
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 (Vidi and Vici award winners), which brings enormous added value to the scientific quality of the programme.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Master Open Dag Maastricht
Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city.
Master Open Dag Maastricht
Experience Maastricht University: find out more about one of the most international universities in Europe, immerse yourself in your programme of choice, and explore our beautiful city.


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1e jaar Connecting biology and mathematics - Intro-course - 6 ECTS
Evolution Block-course - Intro course - 6 ECTS
Comparative biology Block-course - Intermediate - 12 ECTS
Project 1: What make us human? - Project Intermediate - 6 ECTS
Heart-Brain connection Block-course - Advanced - 12 ECTS
Cancer, metabolic syndrome and chronic disease Block-course - Advanced - 12 ECTS
Project 2: Modelling life Project - Advanced - 6 ECTS
2e jaar Designing and writing a basic and applied research projects in systems biology - Advanced - 12 ECTS
Senior practical training, Elective courses, Thesis, Poster presentation Internship, Courses, Thesis - Advanced 48 ECTS


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet40% zelfstudie
20% theorie
40% praktijk
case studies, computer opdrachten, groepsdiscussie, groepsopdracht, hoorcollege, individuele opdracht, laboratoriumwerk, onderzoeksproject, poster presentatie, practicum, project, werkgroep, zelfstudie
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. Whenever appropriate, PBL will be employed. PBL typically requires the active involvement of the students to solve problems in small groups with the assistance of an experienced tutor. 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. The knowledge that is acquired in the PBL approach is not obtained in a passive and often superficial way, but rather with a particular problem in mind, i.e. actively and interactively. The tutor supports the group and is considered to be a facilitator rather than a teacher since the group must identify problems and also find ways in which to solve them in an independent manner. 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.

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 mul
A common basis will be created through the admission strategy, introduction course, problem-based learning and multidisciplinary projects. By merging excellent and highly motivated students from different backgrounds, creating a common, shared basis, both in mathematics and biology, making the students work together in groups and projects and having elective courses for the best students to develop additional skills in either discipline, we will be able to train master students at the required advanced level. The graduates in systems biology will be able to generate novel insights and testable concepts in biology, medicine, epidemiology, biotechnology, ecology and translational research and will also be able to develop new tools and novel approaches from either discipline, taking systems biology a step further.

Toelating en studiekosten

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

  • a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences, sciences or knowledge engineering, issued by Maastricht University
  • a bachelor's degree issued by another Dutch or Flemish University in biology, biomedical sciences, molecular life sciences, life sciences and technology, medical natural sciences, mathematics, informatics, physics or chemistry.
  • a university bachelor's degree in a relevant field composed of at least 180 ECTS

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).


aanvullende vakeisen


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
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1176totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Studenten en studentenleven


11 studenten volgen deze opleiding
36% daarvan is vrouw
1 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
0% daarvan is vrouw
16009 studenten aan de Maastricht University
59% 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.

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
huidige arbeidsmarkt

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