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Exploring the molecular and cellular principles that lie at the basis of health and disease, and translate them into medical applications and solutions.

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typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
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. 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.

The Master's in Molecular Life Sciences the Radboud University focuses on a deeper molecular understanding of health and disease; in the fields of biology, chemistry and medical science. Within each specialisation you will have plenty of room to customise your programme. 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.

Waarom aan de Radboud Universiteit?

Radboud researchers stand out in the fields of animal and human physiology, human genetics and disease, and molecular and cellular clinical studies.
  • You will get an extensive background in academic research.
  • Among the teaching staff are two ERC advanced grant and two ERC starting grant laureates.
  • Radboud University offers internships at multiple related research institutes, such as 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).
  • 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.
  • The courses and internships take place in a stimulating, personal setting.


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specialisatie Chemistry of Life

This Master's specialisation uses chemistry to understand life at the molecular level and interact with it.

In this specialisation, you'll focus on complex molecular systems in a biological context. The first step is to understand how cells work: which processes are essential to the functioning of a cell? Which proteins are involved? And what is the relation between their structure and functioning? Next, you can start to modify the working of the cell, addressing challenging problems, such as wound healing and drug delivery.

With this comprehensive theoretical basis in chemical biology and hands-on experience in a lab, you'll make an excellent candidate for an academic career. If you fancy a job outside of academia, you can also apply your background in a pharmaceutical company, or any other health oriented institution. We encourage you to explore your dream job during a second internship, which is a perfect stepping stone to your future career.

specialisatie Science in Society

Equipping you with the tools and skills to become a professional intermediary between science and society whilst getting a broader societal perspective that will be useful in a scientific career.

Science and technology clearly have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. Economic interests, public opinion and policy shifts are decisive for the shaping of science and technology. However, experience has shown that scientists on the one hand and the general public, government and businesses on the other aren't always able to clearly understand one another. That is why experts with a background in science and an understanding of social processes are indispensable.

This specialisation will therefore teach you how to build a bridge between scientific expertise and societal practices. You'll become a biologist, chemist, mathematician, etc. that reflects on the implications of scientific results and advises on how to turn this knowledge into practical use for policymaking or communication purposes. This reflection will not just be scientific; you'll also learn how to detect the philosophical, political and ethical side of issues. You'll make scientists familiar with social perceptions as much as you'll be advising governments and businesses or informing the general public.

specialisatie Science and Education

Een master met vakinhoudelijke én didactische verdieping, waarna je direct aan de slag kunt als eerstegraads docent.

Passie voor je vak, kennis delen, presenteren, leiding geven en interesse voor didactiek. Bij die drijfveren sluit de masterspecialisatie Science and Education perfect aan. In deze tweejarige masterspecialisatie behaal je én je Master of Science-titel én je eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid, zodat je docent Wiskunde, Biologie, Natuurkunde of Scheikunde kunt worden – afhankelijk van jouw studierichting. Na afronding kun je lesgeven in de onder- en bovenbouw van het vmbo, de havo, het vwo en in het volwassenenonderwijs.

De masterspecialisatie Science and Education is een samenwerking tussen de Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica en de Radboud Docenten Academie. In het eerste jaar van je master volg je inhoudelijke curussen van je master en doe je een onderzoeksstage. Het tweede jaar is helemaal gericht op (leren) lesgeven. Je brengt de helft van de tijd door op een stageplaats, voor de klas, en de andere helft op de universiteit. Je koppelt praktijkervaringen aan de theorie en vice versa. Overigens kun je ook ná het volgen van een bèta-master, altijd nog de eenjarige post-master tot docent doen.

specialisatie Science, Management and Innovation

This specialisation will teach you how innovation is managed in company strategies, how government designs policy and how that interacts with societal challenges.

Both the public sector and businesses struggle with the question of how to address sustainability, health, energy and IT security issues. Many of the challenges that society faces are rooted in the natural or computer sciences but have strong links to other disciplines. Solutions require scientists with an additional understanding of the societal aspects of these problems, and the ability to speak the language of and work with all possible stakeholders like scientists, civil servants and politicians.

The Master's specialisation in Science, Management and Innovation will therefore take you out of the lab and place you right in the heart of society. After the first year in which you broaden your knowledge in your scientific field, you'll learn the skills you can use to make a direct contribution to society. This contribution can range from the creation of policies that tackle social issues to project development or market research.

The combination of expertise – science, policy and business – is highly sought after and will prepare you for a dynamic career in business, a job in the public sector or in the a social (research) organisation.


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The programme depends on the specialisation you choose to follow.
study abroad
You can choose to perform your elective courses or internship(s) abroad. There are for example close contacts with the Max Planck Institute in Germany. For other possibilities, you can always contact a lecturer or the student advisor.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 september 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 september 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Non-EU/EEA applicants: before 1 March if they wish to be considered for a scholarship. If not: the deadline is 1 April. All applicants will receive a service package that consists of assistance with accommodation and support with the visa and residence permit process.

EU-EEA applicants: 1 May if they wish to receive assistance with accommodation. Your application will still be considered until 1 July but please note you may not be offered accommodation assistance.
Students with a Dutch university Bachelor's degree: before 1 September (for the September intake).
In most cases, if you require an admission statement, please request this from the Admission Office no later than 1 July (for the September intake).

Dutch students can apply via and international students can apply via

After admittance to the Master's programme in Molecular Life Sciences, you can enrol for the specialisation of your choice.


Molecular Life Sciences with relevant subjects or a related discipline. This degree must have an adequate multidisciplinary basis in especially chemistry and biology and some physics and mathematics.
The Admission Office will evaluate whether students who apply for admission to the Master's programme of their choice meet the requirements.

studie kosten
bron: Radboud Universiteit
bedrag kostenpost
€ 700levensonderhoud
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
€ 300visa/permitper jaar

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
315kamerhuur in Nijmegenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1183totale 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.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


89 studenten volgen deze opleiding
56% daarvan is vrouw
3 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
33% daarvan is vrouw
20442 studenten aan de Radboud Universiteit
57% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Nijmegen

41385studenten studerend
18288studenten woonachtig   
€ 315gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/4 Radboud Universiteit
Molecular Life Sciences
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
3 eerstejaars
33% vrouw
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2/4 Radboud Universiteit
Medical Epigenomics
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
3 eerstejaars
33% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/4 Maastricht University
Biomedical Sciences
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
77 eerstejaars
58% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/4 Wageningen University
Molecular Life Sciences
star Keuzegids 2019  72
€ 282 gemiddelde kamerhuur
18 eerstejaars
44% vrouw
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Molecular Life Sciences aan de Radboud Universiteit is beoordeeld door 45 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Molecular life scientists often continue their research careers at universities, research institutes, pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies or public health authorities. Alternatively, our students quickly take up communication, management or educational positions in government departments, research organisations and medical, pharmaceutical or biotechnological companies.

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Admission Office

For general questions and questions on the admission procedure for international students

T: +31 24 362 34 56
Drs. Gerrie Coppens

Student advisor; for programme-related questions

T: +31 24 365 30 28
Meer informatie?
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