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What will I learn?

Biomedical sciences is a broad field ranging from infectious diseases to toxicology, from epidemiology to immunology, and from medical neuroscience to cancer. It is also broad in its approach to any one of these areas with the common aim to improve the health and well-being of patients.

What will you learn?

You will get a thorough understanding of the molecular, individual and population aspects of human health and disease and specialising in a biomedical science of your choice. The Master’s programme allows you to construct a curriculum that meets your research interests and career goals. There are a few compulsory courses associated with your chosen career profile. Beside these, we offer a broad range of over 70 different biomedical courses from which you can choose as well as two internships and a literature thesis.

Career prospects

Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences

This Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences will teach you refined research skills. However, at Radboud University we understand that not everyone wants to become a researcher. A biomedical scientist has lots of options. To help kick-start your career after graduation we offer you three career profiles. There are mandatory courses connected to each option, but also room to make your own choices: teaching internship, writing project, advisory report for a governmental agency or of course, another research internship.

Option 1: Research profile

This profile provides students with an extensive background in academic research within the field of biomedical sciences. In general, graduates will find employment in scientific departments of universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies or other institutions where fundamental or pioneering research is performed. Others find work as advisors in a wide variety of public sector and commercial organisations, or with private consultants, and regional environmental health services.

Option 2: Communication profile

This profile teaches about the problems that may be encountered when communicating about biomedical sciences, and how such problems may be resolved. Subjects include communication theory and how to apply this knowledge in a variety of ways. A wide variety of organisations employ communication advisors with a background in biomedical sciences, such as research organisations, government (responsible for public campaigns), municipal health services (responsible for local and regional health education), funding organisations, patients' organisations, science museums, and broadcasting companies.

Option 3: Consultancy profile

This profile is aimed at preparing students for a role as a scientific consultant or advisor. Scientific consultants combine ample knowledge of their scientific discipline with insight into the interaction between science, technology, and society. Additionally, they are sensitive to the views and stakes of people involved, and have the analytical and communicative skills to handle these. You will learn to think of consultancy as both a matter of content and a matter of managing human interaction. On this basis, you can help find sustainable and widely endorsed solutions to issues that come along with scientific and technological developments.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medical Science

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,73,183) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in related area, which is equivalent to a Dutch WO Bachelor. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: A TOEFL score of 577 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); An 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.

For international students

Your foreign Bachelor's degree must be equivalent to a Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch research university (BA or BSc). Your Bachelor's degree needs to be in the same area of study as the Master's degree that you are applying for. (E.g. Life sciences, Medical Biology, Biomedical Sciences)

A Bachelor's degree from a university of professional education is not accepted for direct admission. You may be required to follow a Pre-Master's programme first to improve your knowledge of the scientific field, before starting a Master's programme.

Further academic requirements include:

  • Basic understanding of human physiology and major pathophysiologic processes of disease
  • Experience with problem-based learning at academic level
  • At least two months of hands-on practical experience.

IELTS Academic score of ≥ 6.5 with sub-scores ≥ 6.0 and the subscore for "writing" ≥ 6.5.
TOEFL score of ≥90 (internet based), with all sub-scores equal or above 22.
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) and C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) score of ≥C

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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