Radboud University

Molecular Life Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
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.


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. 

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. 

All seven specialisations of Molecular Life Sciences are closely associated with chemistry and medical biology. 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.

Choose your focus

As a Molecular Life Sciences student, you'll choose one of the following specialisations: 

  • Medical Epigenomics
  • Neuroscience
  • Science in Society
  • Science, Management and Innovation
  • Science and Education (in Dutch)
  • Human Biology

  • Chemistry for Life

Within each specialisation you will have plenty of room to customise your programme. With electives and internships, you can fit the programme exactly to your specific interests. 

Experience multidisciplinary research

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.

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 at institutes like 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). 

You can also choose to broaden your perspective with high-profile medically oriented groups on the Radboud campus and with international institutes, such as EMBL, the Max-Planck Institute, Cambridge University, US-based institutes, etc.

A personal setting

All the courses and internships take place in a stimulating, personal setting. This means you get the full attention of students and teachers. Among the teaching staff are two ERC advanced grant and two ERC starting grant laureates. Other Radboud researchers stand out in the fields of animal and human physiology, human genetics and disease, and molecular and cellular clinical studies.

Quality label

Radboud University holds the title for Best General University in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2017 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Programme Structure

The Master’s programme in Molecular Life Sciences is taught at the Faculty of Science. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The programme depends on the specialisation you choose to follow. Generally, the programme consists of:

  • Compulsory courses
  • Specialisation electives 
  • Philosophy and free electives
  • One or two internships
  • One or two literature theses


Most graduates go on to do a PhD in Nijmegen, at another Dutch university or abroad. Each year our research institutes have a number of PhD vacancies. Some find a job as a researcher or manager in the pharmaceutical industry, in the private commercial sector or in research organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

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 (Grade C):


    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:


    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

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Molecular Life Sciences or related area.2. A proficiency in EnglishNon-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
  • TOEFL score of >=575 (paper based) or >=90 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of >=6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher
* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.3. A background in research methodology

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10856 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10856 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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Nijmegen

880 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

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


There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to talented prospective non-EEA students - the scholarship consists of a partial tuition waiver.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South-Korea, Russia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,951 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

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