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Studying Master of Science

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) refers to a postgraduate academic master's degree and is nowadays awarded by most European universities as well as universities world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus.

The study duration of a Master's programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered. According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved.

A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. In order to receive a Master of Science, the completion of a scientific thesis as part of the Master studies is required in most of the cases. The Master of Science (M. Sc.) is mainly awarded to students of universities in the areas of natural sciences, humanities (i.e. social sciences), business sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics and informatics.

Studying in Netherlands

The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.

884 Master of Science Master's degrees in Netherlands

M.Sc. Molecular Life Sciences

At the interface of chemistry, biology and medical science, the Master’s programme Molecular Life Science is unique in the Netherlands. You will explore the basic principles of molecules and cells and also their role in health and disease, with your choice of specialised focus. As well as study, you will gain extensive research experience in high-profile multidisciplinary research groups.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Cognitive Neuroscience

The Research Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience studies the cognitive and neural basis of mental processes such as perception, action, language, attention and memory. This relatively young discipline seeks to unravel the workings of the human brain. The Master’s programme offers four specialisations: Language and Communication; Perception, Action and Control; Plasticity and Memory or Brain Network and Neuronal Communication. These specialisations coincide with the themes of the Donders Institute. All the lecturers of the programme are also researchers at the Donders Institute.

Faculty of Social Science
M.Sc. Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Do you want to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer? The Research Master's in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease offers you a in-depth knowledge and research experience of disease-related molecular mechanisms. You will also be part of the unique research community in the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences.

Faculty of Medical Sciences
M.Sc. Computing Science

The rapidly growing power of ICT affects almost every aspect of our daily lives. The Master’s programme in Computing Science examines issues like managing complex software, dealing with increasing amounts of data and providing security in ICT. Choose from six specialisations: Cyber Security; Data Science; Software Science; Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science; Science, Management and Innovation; or Science in Society.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Diversities in Youth Care

Th Master’s specialisation in Diversities in Youth Care focuses on the way that diversities in ethnicity, religion, gender and social-economic class affect educational outcomes and experiences. You will develop an eye for the diversity in backgrounds and for the difference in treatments and policies these diversities require.

Faculty of Social Science
M.Sc. Physics and Astronomy

The Master’s programme in Physics and Astronomy allows you to explore anything from fundamental physics to neuroscience and particle physics. Researchers at Radboud Univesrity attract attention worldwide with spectacular discoveries, from the origin of cosmic particles to magnetism with light. With close supervision and extensive research experience, you gain a new perspective in physics.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Medical Biology

The Master’s programme in Medical Biology provides a unique combination of fundamental research and clinical application, with a focus on molecular and cellular life processes at the cutting edge of fundamental biology and medical scientific research. Choose from five specialisations: Clinical Biology, Medical Epigenomics, Neuroscience, Science in Society and Science, Management and Innovation. 

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Medical Epigenomics

The Master’s specialisation in Medical Epigenomics is the only programme in the Netherlands to cover the function of our epigenome. In a world-leading research environment you’ll get extensive experience in laboratory and computational epigenomics research approaches, and also gain deep insight into this key factor in regulating gene expression and its implication in a wide range of diseases.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. SELECT - Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems

MSc SELECT is where you can learn how to make a real contribution to minimising the environmental impact of current and future energy systems. Students learn to address societal challenges with technical solutions, to explore the part played by innovation and commerce, and to understand the role and responsibility of engineers in a more sustainable energy industry.

M.Sc. Cyber Security (CSE)

The Cyber Security (CSE) programme offered by EIT Digital Master School focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. 

M.Sc. Animal Sciences

The two-year Animal Sciences M.Sc. programme at Wageningen University and Research is a continuation of a B.Sc. in Animal Sciences or an equivalent programme in the field of livestock, companion animals and wildlife. 

Biology, Plants & Animals
M.Sc. Biomolecular Sciences

It is more and more obvious that a thorough understanding of the molecular basis of the underlying cellular processes is essential to any successful and safe intervention. Biomolecular Sciences are encroaching into the realm of technology. The MSc Biomolecular Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam aims to prepare students for a career within the international Life Sciences research community.

Faculty of Sciences
M.Sc. Algebra and Topology

The Master's in Algebra and Topology connects you with the forefront of pure mathematics and its applications. In a stimulating and student-focused and multidisciplinary environment, you will be able to study a broad range of courses in Algebra, Topology, Geometry, Number Theory, and Logic and Computation at universities all around the Netherlands. 

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Leisure, Tourism and Environment

During the Leisure, Tourism and Environment M.Sc. at Wageningen University and Research you focus on themes such as landscape, space, place, locality, authenticity and sustainability. The increasing number of people that spends a growing proportion of their leisure time and money on travelling, causes new questions to arise: what is the effect of all this tourism on local cultures and economies?

Environment & Landscape
M.Sc. Spatial Planning

Spatial planners are fascinated by on-going and future changes in cities and regions and take on the role as managers of those spatial transformations - think of: regenerating shopping districts or old industrial sites; designating water retention areas; shaping urban mobility concepts for the future. The Spatial Planning programme is offered at the Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Physical Chemistry

Going beyond merely synthesis and characterisation, the Master's in Physical Chemistry aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials. You will learn how to make discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of the fundamental behaviour of molecules and materials, in a world-class research environment with state of the art spectroscopic facilities.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Social and Health Psychology

The Social and Health Psychology programme at Utrecht University will equip you with the tools and knowledge to analyse topics related to the control of human behaviour for the benefit of social interaction and health. During your studies, you will explore leading theories and concepts and their interconnections with various fields of study. 

Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
M.Sc. Biotechnology

The Biotechnology programme at Wageningen University and Research deals with biotechnology which has become an applied area of science with a multidisciplinary approach embracing recombinant DNA technology, cellular biology, microbiology, biochemistry, as well as process design, engineering, modelling and control.

Technology & Nutrition
M.Sc. Theoretical Physics

The research Master’s degree programme in Theoretical Physics at Utrecht University is your gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe. 

Graduate School of Natural Sciences
M.Sc. Business Development and Entrepreneurship

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Business Development and Entrepreneurship provides the analytical tools and skills for new business development in established and new organizations. The programme provides both the scientific knowledge and the practical skills needed for the identification and exploitation of new opportunities, while creating new value and well-being for all stakeholders.

Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a two-year research Master’s programme, combining in-depth courses about cognitive function in the general and clinical populations with broad-based general and neuroscientific research skills.

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
M.Sc. Ecology

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam masters’ programme in Ecology has an explicit research-oriented character and is designed to provide its students the knowledge, skills and insights to operate as an independent professional scientist in the fields of ecology and evolution and to become a promising candidate for a subsequent PhD position or other research-related function.

Faculty of Sciences
M.Sc. Science, Business and Innovation

What does it take for an invention to lead to an innovation? What defines the pathway from exploration to exploitation? That is the central theme in the Science, Business and Innovation Master offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Faculty of Sciences
M.Sc. Regenerative Medicine and Technology

Regenerative Medicine and Technology (RMT) combines fundamental disciplines such as stem cell biology, materials science and biomechanics with more applied disciplines such as cell therapy, implantology and imaging. Join this Regenerative Medicine and Technology programme at Utrecht University now!

Graduate School of Life Sciences
M.Sc. Robot Cognition

In the Master's in Robot Cognition you’ll learn how to endow a robot with a processing architecture that allows it to interact effectively with its environment, given its limited resources. You’ll also develop and test computational models that mimic development of cognitive processes in children. Gaining a new perspective on human cognition, you will also finish with skills and knowledge for creating effective robots.

Faculty of Social Science
M.Sc. Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology programme from Utrecht University will enable you to develop into an academic professional. You have broad knowledge of contemporary scientific theories and instruments as well as skills related to prevention, psychotherapeutic treatment and policy formation in the area of psychological aspects of health, illness and psychopathology.

Graduate School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
M.Sc. Perception, Action and Control

The Master's specialisation in Perception, Action and Control covers the basic sensorimotor aspects of perception-action coupling as well as its cognitive, contextual and social components. You will discover how we understand and perform action, and gain crucial skills in modelling, designing and conducting behavioural studies and measuring the neurobiological foundations of behaviour.

Faculty of Social Science
M.Sc. Computer Science - Parallel Computing Systems

This Computer Science - Parallel Computing Systems track from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam covers all aspects of parallel computing systems, from hardware to software, and the entire range of scale from laptops to compute servers, GPU accelerators, heterogeneous systems and large-scale, high-performance compute infrastructures.

Faculty of Sciences
M.Sc. Mathematical Physics

The Master’s in Mathematical Physics combines expertise in areas like functional analysis, geometry, and representation theory with research in, for example, quantum physics and integrable systems. You will be working at a frontier of mathematics that intersects with cutting edge research in physics.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Econometrics and Operations Research - Financial Econometrics

The Econometrics and Operations Research - Financial Econometrics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a hands-on study into the econometric methods used on a daily basis in the financial industry will let you become the quantitative financial specialist and will place you at the forefront of a successful professional career.

School of Business and Economics
M.Sc. European Governance

As a student of the Master Program in European Governance, you will study and live in two different places. First year is spent at Masaryk University in Brno, and second year at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. This allows you to study and experience European governance from two different perspectives while providing you with a unique personal experience.

Faculty of Social Studies
M.Sc. Drug Innovation

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Drug Innovation focuses on diagnostics and the improvement and management of small molecule and biomolecular drugs. Drug innovation covers many topics such as the development of new vaccines and the study of antibodies, gene therapeutics, and medical nutrition.

Graduate School of Life Sciences
M.Sc. Climate Physics

The Master’s programme in Climate Physics from Utrecht University offers you a unique combination of theoretical courses and practical training in all aspects of the Earth’s climate. You’ll study the physics, dynamics, and chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans, and cryosphere – as well as explore their interactions.

Graduate School of Natural Sciences
M.Sc. Leisure Studies

The boundaries between leisure sectors such as culture, media, events, sports and tourism are disappearing to an increasing extent. That is why this one-year academic master’s programme takes an integral approach to leisure, deriving knowledge from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, economics, management & marketing. This master’s programme is offered in cooperation with Tilburg University

Master Degrees
M.Sc. Business Administration - International Management

The Business Administration - International Management specialization at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam prepares you for global management careers by developing your understanding of how the international context affects businesses and their employees. Due to the increasing globalization of the last decades, the international context now affects all aspects of business.

School of Business and Economics
M.Sc. Development and Rural Innovation

The Development and Rural Innovation programme at Wageningen University and Research aims to develop professionals who understand the role of knowledge in societal change processes, and are able to link human and technological dimensions of innovation.

Society & Economics
M.Sc. Water Management and Governance

Addressing water challenges requires that water managers apply an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, involving hydrological, biophysical, chemical, economic, institutional, legal, policymaking and planning aspects. The Water Management and Governance programme at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education provides such an approach.

M.Sc. Human Geography

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Human Geography at  offers insights upon the challenges of the urban development and expanding in the context of a global economy. The Master’s programme covers topics like urban inequality, multinational enterprises, and residential mobility. 

Graduate School of Geosciences
M.Sc. Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems

The Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In particular we want to develop a flow-cell system for imaging and manipulation of natural occurring nanoparticles such as viruses and vesicles, but also for performing force spectroscopy experiments on single proteins and DNA-protein interactions.

Faculty of Sciences
M.Sc. Molecular Chemistry

The Master's in Molecular Chemistry gives you access to a world-class research environment, where you will gain an in-depth knowledge of research while having the choice of what to focus on. With extensive research experiences, you will gain the skills to understand and synthesize molecules with new biological or physical properties to address scientific or societal challenges.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Water Technology

The Water Technology Master is a two year programme offered jointly by Wageningen University and Research, University Twente and University of Groningen with education being provided at the Technological Top Institute for Water technology (TTIW Wetsus), in Leeuwarden.

Technology & Nutrition
M.Sc. Multidisciplinary Economics

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Economics was carefully designed to give you the specialised knowledge and expertise you need for a career in economics. Moreover, the multidisciplinary context will encourage you to look at complex economics issues from different perspectives and help you to apply that knowledge in academia, industry or government. 

Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
M.Sc. Business Administration - Strategic Management

Understanding strategic management processes in relation to the dynamic and complex environment organisations are confronted with as well as how to deal with diverse stakeholders. The Business Administration - Strategic Management programme is offered at the Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Science Education and Communication

The M.Sc. in Science Education and Communication at Utrecht University focuses on learning concepts and theories in formal and informal education. This Master’s equally combines theory with practical experience or internships in educational institutions and offers specialisations in teaching or research and development.

Graduate School of Natural Sciences
M.Sc. Political Science - International Relations

Tackling global issues in the 21st Century requires a deeper understanding of the essential players that shape global politics: governments, intergovernmental organisations, media, multinationals, and NGOs. The Political Science - International Relations programme is offered at Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Economics

The Master’s programme in Economics at Radboud University could be called ‘Economics Plus’: the ‘standard’ economics package is expanded with relevant knowledge from related disciplines such as political science, psychology and sociology. In our Master’s programmes, professors and students interact in small groups, thus strengthening the academic atmosphere.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Spatial Planning - Urban and Regional Mobility

Look into different integrated mobility systems or transport modes at different spatial scales. Discover new practices and strategies to provide innovative mobility sollutions.The Spatial Planning - Urban and Regional Mobility programme is offered at the Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Epidemiology Postgraduate

In MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate and MSc Epidemiology Postgraduate Online offered by Utrecht University, you will examine the distribution and determinants of health and morbidity in specific populations.

Graduate School of Life Sciences
M.Sc. Political Science - Comparative Politics

Is immigration a threat to democracy? Is Europe witnessing a surge in populist sentiment? How can governments reform their welfare states to deal with the growing costs of an ageing population? Contemporary governments face these and other political challenges in an increasingly globalised world. The Political Science specialisation in Comparative Politics is offered by the Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Mathematics

The Master’s programme in Mathematics offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides you with an opportunity to specialize in one area while further deepening your mathematical knowledge in general.

Faculty of Sciences
M.Sc. Accounting and Control

The Accounting and Control programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will give you a solid basis for pursuing a career in accounting and control. The programme is designed in particular for students aiming for positions as financial manager or controller in major organizations, as well as for those who seek to work as an internal or public auditor. 

School of Business and Economics
M.Sc. Innovation Sciences

The Innovation Sciences Master’s Program from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) teaches you how to analyze, manage and influence innovation processes at a strategic level. While innovation is crucial for economic growth, sustainable development and welfare, many inspiring technological ideas never become successful.

Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences
M.Sc. Innovation Sciences

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Innovation Sciences will teach you how to transform new ideas, knowledge and inventions into marketable innovations. You will analyse innovation in companies, as well as the position of these companies within the wider innovation system.

Graduate School of Geosciences
M.Sc. Public Administration and Organisational Science (Research)

New challenges for public governments flow from long-term trends such as globalisation, changing information and communication technologies, climate change, and societal fragmentation caused by migration, individualisation, and cultural pluralisation. The Public Administration and Organisational Science (Research) joint programme is offered at the Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Applied Stochastics

The Master’s in Applied Stochastics will train you to be a mathematician that can help both scientists and business people make better decisions, conclusions and predictions. In a country known for its research into stochastics, and in a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment, you will gain the theoretical knowledge and technical and communication skills you need to succeed.

Faculty of Science
M.Sc. Business Administration - Transport and Supply Chain Management

The Business Administration - Transport and Supply Chain Management specialization at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a unique combination of education in transport economics and in supply chain management. The main focus of our programme is on professional services industries, making this an unrivalled degree specialization in the Netherlands and in Europe.

School of Business and Economics
M.Sc. Environmental Sciences

Are you up to the challenge of finding innovative methods and sustainable solutions to the threats facing the environment? The Environmental Sciences Master programme at Wageningen University and Research has its roots in the natural, technological and social sciences and it is based on an interdisciplinary approach.

Environment & Landscape
M.Sc. Financial Management

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Financial Management provides students not only with the latest economic and financial theory, but also the hard financial skills and multidisciplinary understanding to put theory into practice in an increasingly complex world.

Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
M.Sc. Economics - Accounting and Control

Do you want to dive into the nitty-gritty of a company’s financial system? Want to help senior management in managing the company’s financial affairs? Or perhaps you’d prefer to examine and assess every aspect of the firm’s financial system to provide high-quality public accountability.The Economics - Accounting and Control programme is offered by the Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Environment and Society Studies - Corporate Sustainability

The Environment and Society Studies - Corporate Sustainability programme is offered by the Radboud University. Studying innovations and socio-economic transformations that enhance an environmentally sustainable economy, in particular affects the role of business and the market.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.Sc. Environmental Biology

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Environmental Biology offers you the opportunity to explore different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells, and organisms to populations and entire ecosystems. 

Graduate School of Life Sciences
M.Sc. Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management

The master Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management is a two-year MSc programme at Wageningen University and Research. Oceans, seas, estuaries and lakes are major providers of ecosystem goods and services such as tourism and coastal protection. In many cases, exploitation levels have bypassed the carrying capacity of these ecosystems leading to devastating effects on the ecosystem functioning.

Biology, Plants & Animals
M.Sc. Information Sciences

Information Sciences is the multidisciplinary area spanning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical application in society. The Information Sciences programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Faculty of Sciences