MSc in Medical Biology - Specialisation in Neurobiology



What will I learn?

A mechanistic understanding of brain organization and function is the first step in conquering brain diseases. Are you motivated to work towards this goal from a multi-disciplinary perspective? While molecular and cellular neurobiologists determine the machinery that is responsible for creating neural circuits, systems and network biologists shed light onto how the coordinated actions of neurons lead to cognition and behaviour.

What will you learn?

This specialisation crosses the boundaries of multiple sub-fields of biology, life sciences, medicine and behavioural sciences. We develop novel biological and chemical methodologies to control molecules, cells, networks and behaviour, thereby establish a causal link between the different biological scales of brain organization and function. The major topics in this specialisation are:

Neural circuit organisation, development and plasticity
Neural network function and behaviour
Translational models of human brain diseases

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Neurobiology

With a multidisciplinary and forward-looking education at the cutting-edge of modern neurobiology, graduates of the Neurobiology programme have a wide range of options, including in:

fundamental and translational (disease-oriented) research in various fields of Neuroscience, working in universities, research institutes and teaching hospitals
research and development (R&D) in pharmaceutical companies and biomedical industry (including neurotechnology-focused companies)
science management, policy, advisement and communication positions in (inter-)governmental, private, academic, and health sectors

Innovative research projects often result in unique knowledge and products that might have commercial utility. Several of our graduates chose the entrepreneurial path, bringing their knowledge into the market.

PhD positions

If you would like to have a career in science, it is possible to apply for a PhD position at Radboud University. Of course, you can also apply at any other university worldwide. Many of our students have already attained a PhD position.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (15,02,165) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-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.

For international students

A completed Bachelor's degree

An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. Entering the Master’s specialisation in Human Biology requires a Bachelor’s degree in: In any case, your previous education has to include courses on human anatomy and physiology.

Medical Biology
Molecular Life Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Biology, with a minor in Medical Biology, Neurobiology or Medicine
or equivalent

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:

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 + subscores ≥ 22;
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall + subscores ≥ 6,0 + writing subscore ≥ 6,5;
Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: C or higher.

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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