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What will I learn?

In this specialisation, you will focus on complex molecular systems in a biological context. You will learn how cells work from a chemist’s perspective and become an expert in the chemistry of all biologically relevant molecules. Next, you can start to use chemistry to probe and modify cellular function, work on new drug delivery methods, or get hands-on experience with single cell technologies.

What will you learn?

In this specialisation, you will learn how to use chemistry to understand life at the molecular level and interact with it. You will get a comprehensive theoretical basis in biochemistry and hands-on experience in a lab. During one or two internships, you will be responsible for your own experiments, under the supervision of one of our top researchers. We encourage you to explore your dream job during a second internship, which is a perfect stepping stone to your future career.

Career prospects

Master's specialisation in Chemistry of Life

We stimulate our Master's students to develop a critical mind and a problem solving attitude. Some of them will become the next generation of top scientists, all of them will have a job within a couple of months after graduation:

40% will become a PhD student at a university
60% will work at a research institute, in the (bio)chemical industry or in one of our spin-off companies.
A small proportion chooses for a job outside of the scientific world, for example as a policymaker at a governmental organisation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of 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

A completed Bachelor's degree

Entering the Master’s specialisation in Chemistry of Life requires a Bachelor’s degree in one of the subjects below. Please note that 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. Relevant subjects are:

Chemistry
Biochemistry
Molecular Life Sciences
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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