MSc in Medical Biology

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Biomedical Sciences or other related disciplines
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to understand the body at the molecular, cellular and systemic levels
  • Explore the biological mechanisms of health and sickness and use your new skills to conduct research in areas you are passionate about
  • Prepare yourself for as a researcher, trial supervisor, policy officer, educator, and many more

Why study Medical Biology at Radboud University?

Radboud University's Master's programme for Medical Biology was ranked in the top 100 by QS University Rankings in the field of Medical Biology in 2019. As a student at Radboud, you will benefit from our reputation as well as the great research institutes connected to Radboud, including The Radboud University Medical Centre (UMC), The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, and the Radboud Insititute for Health Sciences.

Even though we have a world-class reputation, you will still benefit from small class sizes and lots of support in your research. You will also have the opportunity to perform an internship through one of our research institutions or take advantage of our worldwide network to find other organizations in the Netherlands or abroad.

What will you learn?

The human body is ingeniously constructed. But sometimes things go wrong. In the Master's programme for Medical Biology, you will explore the biological mechanisms of health and sickness. Our programme is unique because it is a combination of fundamental research and the translation of its findings into clinical applications. This is facilitated by our close cooperation with the University Medical Centre.

The programme is closely linked to the research carried out by the Institute for Wetlands and Water Research, the Institute for Neuroscience and the University Medical Centre. Researchers from these internationally recognized institutes are experts in the understanding of the fundamental causes and treatment of infectious diseases such as malaria and AIDS, genetic defects, oncology and the sicknesses associated with the elderly such as Parkinson and Alzheimer.

This Master’s programme will give you a lot of freedom to pursue your own interests under the guidance and supervision of a personal tutor. In practice, you will spend four days on your own research and one day on lectures.

Most of our graduates go on to do a Ph.D. and every year there are vacancies in our research institutes. Our graduates also find work in the commercial sector, the pharmaceutical industry as well as in research institutes and teaching hospitals.

This programme is structured as follows:

  • Two research internships (each 45 EC) including practical work (36 EC), a theoretical component and tests (3 EC) and a thesis (6 EC)
  • Bio-scientific Master courses (12 EC)
  • Philosophy course (3 EC)
  • Elective courses (15 EC)This programme qualifies you for a PhD place.

Career prospects

Graduates could find work as:

  • Researchers for hospitals, universities, or private companies
  • Biological or medical consultants
  • Policy coordinators
  • Educators
  • Patent attorneys
  • Health or food consultant
  • Supervisors in clinical trials
  • Communications officers

Specialisations

You are able to choose from specialisations within this programme:

  • Human Biology
    The Human Biology specialisation combines fundamental human biology with clinical studies. It provides you with extensive biological knowledge and experience in working with animal and patient samples. In this way, you’ll be trained to bridge the gap between biomedical research results and clinical practice.
  • Medical Epigenomics
    Our skin cells, liver cells, and blood cells all contain the same genetic information. Yet these are different types of cells, each performing their own specific tasks. How is this possible? The explanation lies in the epigenome: a heritable, cell-type-specific set of chromosomal modifications, which determines cell identity and regulates gene expression. Radboud University is world-leading in studying the epigenome and proudly offers the only Dutch Master’s specialisation on this topic.
  • Neurobiology
    A mechanistic understanding of brain organisation 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.
  • Science in Society
    Science and technology have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. However, experience shows that scientists on the one hand and the general public, government and businesses on the other aren’t always able to clearly understand one another. That is why experts with a background in science and an understanding of social processes are indispensable. This specialisation will equip you with the knowledge, tools and skills to be a professional intermediary between science and society whilst getting a broader societal perspective.
  • Science, Management and Innovation
    All organisations struggle with challenges such as sustainability, health, energy, and IT security. Many of the challenges that society faces are rooted in the natural or computer sciences but have strong links to other disciplines. Solutions require scientists with an analytical as well as a societal understanding of these issues. This Master’s specialisation will provide you with expertise in a societal challenge and the ability to speak the language of policy and business.

Admission requirements

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or related area.

The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted or is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

Have a look at the admission requirement of each specialisation for more detailed information:

Master's specialisation in Human Biology

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 and if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies. Entering the Master’s specialisation in Human Biology requires a Bachelor’s degree. 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 of Medicine
  • or equivalent

Master's specialisation in Medical Epigenomics

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 and if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies. Entering the Master’s specialisation in Medical Epigenomics requires a Bachelor’s degree in:

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

Master's specialisation in Neurobiology

If you want to follow the Master’s specialisation in Neurobiology, you’ll need to have a completed Bachelor’s degree that gives admission to a Master’s in Medical Biology or Science*. Preferably, this Bachelor’s programme contains 24 EC of Neuroscience courses.

A completed Bachelor's degree. You’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields of science:

Your 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. The Admission Office will also indicate if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.

  • Neuroscience
  • Medical Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology, with a minor in Medical Biology, Neurobiology or Medicine
  • Molecular Life Sciences
  • Psychobiology
  • Science
  • Biomedical Engineerin

Language Requirements

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:

  • A TOEFL score of >575 (paper-based) or >90 (internet-based)
  • An 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

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

Deadlines

Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EEA students: 1 May

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

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