Utrecht University

Biology of Disease, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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The M. Sc. in Biology of Disease at Utrecht University teaches students about the various types of diseases and the mechanisms that help them spread, but also the therapeutic potential within. With courses on the biology of disease, infection and immunity, biomolecular cardiology, thrombosis and haemostasis, the Master’s degree prepares students for the medical research industry.


The Biology of Disease programme is an interdisciplinary programme that will position you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science. In this programme, you will study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense, through an internship in either pre-clinical or clinical research at one of Utrecht University’s medical, biomedical, biological, industrial, or veterinary labs.

The programme’s central theme is the translation of a clinical problem (disease) into a scientifically sound experiment or model. This is necessary to study the underlying mechanism of the disease, which can potentially reveal therapeutic leads. Research questions may relate to all organisational levels of the body.

This Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to focus on more than one clinical speciality, enabling you to conduct research projects on different subjects and diseases while gaining experience in multiple labs. Alternatively, you can choose to focus entirely on cardiovascular research through our Cardiovascular Research track. On completing the programme, you will be able to use advanced research techniques and function as an independent researcher in your chosen specialty.

Programme Objective

The MSc in Biology of Disease trains students to conduct disease-related translational research in cooperation with clinical and pre-clinical staff.

Please note that it is our intention to transform this programme into a new programme Biology of Cardiovascular Disease from September 2017 onwards. The option to focus on areas other than cardiovascular disease then will be limited.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Biology Of Disease - Infection And Immunity
  • Biomolecular And Cellular Cardiology
  • Thrombosis And Haemostasis
  • Essentials Of Neuroscience
  • Metabolic Pathways: From Cell To Disease
  • Mechanisms Of Disease
  • Cardiovascular Immunology
For more information please visit the programme website.

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: 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: Biomedical or other Life sciences; Medical Biology; Biological Sciences; Chemical Sciences; Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • You can demonstrate knowledge and insight in the field of the pathology and (patho)physiology of organs and organ systems. In depth knowledge of and insight in: cell pathology, immunopathology, oncopathology, cardiovascular pathology and basic knowledge in biostatistics.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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.