Utrecht University

Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
The M.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences at Utrecht University provides knowledge on the innovative methods used in genetics, cell biology and structural biology. The Master’s degree has a great focus on research, analyses key aspects in biotechnology, genetics, physics of light, computational biology, and allows students to customise their study programme based on their interests.

About

The Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences programme offered by Utrecht University focuses on understanding molecular-level cellular function and rests at the crossroads of chemical, biological, physical and computational science.

Designed to communicate this unique field of research to a new generation of students, this MSc programme is research-oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach. You will learn a wide range of state-of-the-art techniques, including advanced methodologies in genetics, cell biology and structural biology. You will acquire extensive knowledge of molecular recognition and regulation, cell signalling, membrane biogenesis and sorting, chemical approaches to biology and genomics/proteomics. The programme offers you considerable freedom to choose a specific field within the biomolecular sciences. A tailor-made programme can be developed to suit your personal interests.

Accreditation

 Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders

Programme Structure

Types of teaching (in year 1):

  • theory: 30%
  • practice: 40%
  • self study: 30%

Programme internationalization:

  • Studying abroad is optional.
  • The percentage of foreign students: 5%
  • The percentage of foreign teachers: 5%
  • The percentage of students abroad: 5%
  • The percentage of teachers abroad: 10%

This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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 B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • You have a University Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor’s Degree) in: Biology; Chemistry; Biomedical sciences; Molecular life sciences; Biotechnology; Other relevant science programme.
  • You are able to demonstrate insight and knowledge in the field of Biology and Biochemistry; in depth knowledge and insight in structural and/or molecular & cell biology and/or systems biology.
  • Genuine research interest in understanding how molecules work in health and disease in main life processes (such as neurobiology, development, metabolism, reproduction). Also a broad interest in advances from cell biology & biochemistry, biophysics & technology, bioinformatics, theoretical biology and computer science.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- at least Grade C 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18690 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

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

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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.