MSc in Biomedical Sciences


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Program Description

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in the chosen field of study
  • Gain practical research skills and knowledge, while working side-by-side researchers doing work in your field
  • The focus of this programme is flexible: whether you want to focus on specific diseases, or improve health care systems, this programme allows you to pursue what's important to you
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a researcher, communications professional, consultant for private or public institutions, and more

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University?

The Master's programme in Biomedical Science at Radboud allows for ultimate flexibility. whether you want to specialise on the molecule (2 specializations) the individual (1 specialization) or populations (3 specializations), there is a track that's right for you.

Radboud is home to great research institute, including:

  • The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS)
  • Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS)
  • The Donders Centre for Neuroscience

You will have access to these institutes, with experts that will help you find your focus, and give you the guidance you need in the field that you're passionate about.

Radboud also has a great network, and an excellent reputation, which means you can make connections during your studies in the Netherlands or all over the world. Radboud graduates are highly valued as well, so you can be confident about your chances in the job market after graduation, but just to be sure, Biomedical students have access to a great career consultancy at the university.

What will you learn?

The programme provides students with a solid base in research methodology, statistics, and biostatistics, laboratory research and communication skills. Leading scientists in fields ranging from metabolism, membrane transport, neuromuscular disease and inflammation to screening efficacy, clinical interventions and evidence-based medicine are involved in the teaching programme as lecturers and tutors.

Biomedical scientists want to minimize the impact of diseases on humans and humankind. Smart, global visionaries are needed who want to solve health care issues in the lab and in the field. Radboud University aims to educate the best biomedical scientists with not just a thorough understanding of the molecular, individual and population aspects of human health and disease, but also with unique areas of expertise.

Health care issues and biomedical research are placed in context. In the programme, links are made between research and patient care (from bench to bedside), and vice versa.

Thanks to the flexibility of designing a personal programme, graduates of Radboud University’s Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences will have developed truly unique expertise in the field of biomedical science. And the intensive internships will guarantee you are prepared to enter the workforce so that you can quickly start to play a vital role in improving human health.

Career prospects

Graduates of this programme could find work as:

  • Researcher in public or private institutes
  • Communications professionals
  • Consultants at a variety of organizations and agencies
  • Policymakers
  • Health care advisors

Admission requirements

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
  • Scientific research performance for at least 3 months
  • Experience with problem-based learning at an academic level
  • At least two months of hands-on practical experience.

If you have questions concerning your eligibility, please contact the Academic Advisor by sending an email to

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2. A letter of motivation

In a letter of motivation you should explain:

  • Which institute you choose (and why)
  • Why we should select you for this programme (your expertise and knowledge)
  • Why you want to attend this specific programme (so why Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University and not elsewhere)

An online interview will follow before you are admitted to the programme. 

Language Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch research university are not required to prove English proficiency.

Applicants who are native speakers are not required to prove your English proficiency. Applicants from the following countries are considered native speakers of English: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA and South Africa.

All other applicants must provide proof of English proficiency for enrolment. This includes applicants with a Dutch HBO diploma (diploma from a university of applied 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 centres.

  • IELTS Academic score of ≥6.5
  • TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper-based) or ≥90 (internet-based)
  • C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) and C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) score of ≥C


  • 1 February (with Holland scholarship application)
  • 1 March (others scholarships)
  • 1 April (with private/other funding options)
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 r ... Read More

At Radboud University in the Netherlands, you can obtain a high-quality and internationally accredited Master’s degree. Leading academics and excellent professors offer you what you need a a top-200 research university. We offer 11 English-taught Bachelor's programmes and 35 English-taught Master’s programmes with many specialisations which will give you the necessary skills and insights into research and practice within your own subject area. You will benefit from our personal teaching style, our top research institutes, and a green and friendly student city. Read less