MSc in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research)


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Program Description

  • This programme is designed for students with a background in Life Sciences or related disciplines
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to conduct and present research into disease-related molecular mechanisms
  • Choose from one of three education themes that allow you to investigate disease through biomedical research, and clinical experimentation
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a researcher in many different fields

Why study Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research) at Radboud University?

Radboud's Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease was rated 'Top Programme' in the Netherlands in 2018 by Keuzegids and was rated in the top 100 worldwide by QS Rankings.

You will be surrounded by a group of talented students and researchers at Radboud, and you will have the supervision of a personal mentor to help you develop your own research ideas.

You will also have access to the technology and know-how of world-class research institutes, including the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences, and the Radboud University Medical Centre. You can also take advantage of Radboud's international networks to find opportunities for challenging internships abroad.

International students can apply for scholarships from the RadboudUMC Study Fund.

What will you learn?

You will understand disturbances in the cellular process that lead to serious disorders, such as metabolism and immune disease, heart and circulation problems, cancer, and age-related diseases. At Radboud, you have the opportunity to choose your own educational path and specialise in your specific field-of-interest.

As a student in the Research Master’s programme Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, you will find yourself in a dynamic research environment – one in which every new theoretical insight may be the key to a new medicine or better diagnosis and treatment.

Education is closely linked to NCMLS's research programme. This research institute engages in a continual exchange of knowledge and expertise between clinic and research laboratory. This is possible thanks to close cooperation with the nearby University Medical Centre.

The scientists in this internationally recognised institute are experts in the following fields, in one of which you will specialise in your Master's programme:

  • Infection, immunity and tissue repair (in diseases such as AIDS and malaria)
  • Metabolism, transport and motion (in diseases such as diabetes)
  • Cell growth and differentiation (in diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer)

Career prospects

Graduates could work as researchers in a number of organizations related to the biomedical field.

This Master’s programme gives you the qualifications you need to enter an international PhD programme. About 90% of our graduates go on to do a PhD in Nijmegen or elsewhere in the world. Within our own research organisation, we have vacancies every year.

Admission requirements

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Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree obtained at a Dutch research university (BA or BSc)) with a background in Life Sciences such as Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.

A Bachelor's degree from a university of professional education may, in exceptional cases, be accepted for direct admission.

Further academic requirements include:

  • Degree with results well above average.
  • A strong motivation to pursue a career in research that is related to the molecular mechanisms of disease.
  • At least two months of hands-on practical experience in the field of molecular life sciences.

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

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


Programmes starting in September

  • All students in need of scholarships: 1 March
  • All students with private funding: 1 April

Quality label

The MMD Master's programme was rated first in the category Life Sciences in the Netherlands in 2012, 2014 and 2016; and it was rated as "Topopleiding" (Top-rated programme) in 2014 and 2016 (Keuzegids Masters) showing continuous high quality.

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