Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #59 (ARWU) ,
Are you interested in unraveling essential processes in living cells in order to understand 'life' at a molecular level? Would you like to use biomolecular sciences and know-how to solve fundamental medical questions or develop biobased industrial applications? The Molecular Biology and Biotechnology programme is offered by University of Groningen.


Molecular Biology and Biotechnology are internationally-oriented research and business areas that profit from a strong multidisciplinary know-how on genetics, microbiology, molecular cell biology, structural biology, biochemistry, and systems biology.

During the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology programme from University of Groningen, you will acquire in-depth knowledge and skills via upper level theoretical and practical training. You will become highly competent in the fields of Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology, with excellent perspectives for an independent career in an academic, medical or industrial research environment, or as a scientific consultant for the public or private sector.

The programme is organized by the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) and teaching is, thus, closely related to the research performed at this Institute. Research is fundamental and curiosity-driven and contains specializations in the following areas:

  • Molecular Genetics and Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology of Complex Biological Processes
  • Molecular and Computational Systems Biology
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Structure-function Relationships of Proteins
  • Microbial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis
  • Chemical and Synthetic Biology
Job prospects

Biomolecular scientists, graduates of the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, can pursue a career in:

  • PhD in the areas of Biomolecular Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Biochemistry and Bio(nano-)technology
  • R&D position in Life Sciences, Medical, Pharmaceutical and Food Industry
  • Scientific Advisor in a company

Programme Structure

Programme options

  • Biomolecular Sciences (Top programme) (specialization)

    Top programme in the Master's degree programme Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

  • Science, Business & Policy (profile)

    Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

  • Research profile (profile)
  • Chemical Biology (specialization)
Programme schedule

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 30 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    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

A university Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields:

  • Biology or Life Science and Technology, majoring in Molecular Life Sciences or Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology, including the specialization Molecular Biology or Biotechnology or the specialization Medical Biology (incl. completed courses on General Chemistry and Bioinformatics)
  • Chemistry, including the specialization Biochemistry or Biophysical Chemistry
  • Life Science and Technology, with the specialization Genomics and Proteomics or Molecular Medical Cell Biology.
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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