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What will I learn?

The Biology of Disease programme is an interdisciplinary programme that will position you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science. In this programme, you will study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense, through an internship in either pre-clinical or clinical research at one of Utrecht University’s medical, biomedical, biological, industrial, or veterinary labs.

The programme’s central theme is the translation of a clinical problem (disease) into a scientifically sound experiment or model. This is necessary to study the underlying mechanism of the disease, which can potentially reveal therapeutic leads. Research questions may relate to all organisational levels of the body.

This Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to focus on more than one clinical specialty, enabling you to conduct research projects on different subjects and diseases while gaining experience in multiple labs. Alternatively, you can choose to focus entirely on cardiovascular research through our Cardiovascular Research track. On completing the programme, you will be able to use advanced research techniques and function as an independent researcher in your chosen specialty.

Programme Objective

The MSc in Biology of Disease trains students to conduct disease-related translational research in cooperation with clinical and pre-clinical staff.

Career prospects

Career prospects include scientific research, science journalism, and education along with jobs in the private, public, or non-profit sectors.

Depending on the career perspectives that appeal to you most, you can decide to replace your Minor Research Project with one of our professional profiles: Management (M), Communication & Education (C&E), or Drug Regulatory Sciences (DRS).

Academic careers

Graduates find PhD positions in:

  • Graduate School of Life Sciences-PhD education programmes
  • The Cardiovascular Research-PhD programme
  • National and international institutions partnered with UU research institutes
  • Various other national and international institutes

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€20,473.00 (16,72,631) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

MSc Track: Knowledge/ competence in the field of European law and a bachelor degree in Economics or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics; Mathematics; Industrial organization and Competition Policy; Corporate Finance; Econometrics or Advanced Statistics. English language requirements: IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.0 for all components. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 96, at least 23 for writing and 20 for the other sections. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

Applicants must hold a BSc or equivalent qualification in:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Medical Biology

The student must have knowledge of the pathology, physiology, and pathophysiology of organs and organ systems. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. In addition, study progress during the Bachelor is of great importance.

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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