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What will I learn?

Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer? Radboud University's internationally acclaimed Research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research.

What will you learn?

This unique Master's programme translates disease-related biomedical research into clinical experimental research in patients. The programme is organised along three major educational themes: 1) Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine / Immunity-related Disorders and Immunotherapy; 2) Metabolism, Transport and Motion / Metabolic Disorders; 3) Cell Growth and Differentiation / Developmental Disorders and Malignancies. It offers a broad and interdisciplinary approach with the opportunity for specialisation in the form of electives and internships, as well as theoretical courses and two research-training periods.

Career prospects

Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research)

There is considerable demand for experts in the molecular biomedical sciences as well as in their application to the development of treatments for diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and metabolic diseases.

Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies. During the programme, you will develop a highly critical, independent approach to problem-solving. You will also acquire the basic management skills needed to lead R&D projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Most of our graduates will enter an international PhD programme to continue with research in academia or industry.

PhD opportunities

The MSc Molecular Mechanisms of Disease aims to provide all skills and knowledge necessary to rapidly enter an international PhD programme. In the Netherlands and many places in Europe, it is impossible to start a PhD programme directly after obtaining a Bachelor's degree. This research Master’s programme seriously increases your chances for obtaining an excellent PhD training position by giving you a mature perspective and a broad range of experimental approaches. In fact, over 90% of our graduates has started a (funded) PhD project.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medical Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,88,889) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch research university (BA or BSc)) with a background in Life Sciences such as Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.

A Bachelor's degree from a university of professional education may, in exceptional cases, be accepted for direct admission.

Further academic requirements include:

Degree with results well above average.
A strong motivation to pursue a career in research that is related to the molecular mechanisms of disease.
At least two months of hands-on practical experience in the field of molecular life sciences.

To prove English proficiency, applicants must take one of the following English language tests. Tests can be taken in the applicants home country or in the Netherlands. Click on the links below for test dates and centers.

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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