Biology of Disease positions you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science, in particular in the cardiovascular research field. You study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense, and learn to conduct (cardiovascular) disease-related translational research in cooperation with clinical and pre-clinical staff.

Learn to translate a disease into a scientifically sound experiment or model or the other way around. Expand your knowledge concerning the disease or build bridges towards therapeutic leads by studying underlying mechanisms of the disease. Our various research projects focus on different subjects and diseases, allowing you to gain experience in multiple labs.

Become an Expert of Cardiovascular Diseases

We offer the option to put additional focus on cardiovascular diseases by following our cardiovascular track. It’s an excellent preparation to flow smoothly towards the PhD program in Cardiovascular Research.

Why You Should Study Biology of Disease at Utrecht University

Compared to other Master’s programs in (cardiovascular) disease mechanisms in the Netherlands, our program in Utrecht allows you to become an expert in the cardiovascular research field.

It gives you the opportunity to compose a personalised program of multiple clinical specialities within disease biology.

Carry out two hands-on research projects at research groups and do your minor research project abroad to gain additional skills and an international perspective on your chosen specialisation.

Benefit from a solid mentoring system. Discuss your study progress with the Program Coordinator and work under the supervision of a PhD student or post-doc from amongst our enthusiastic and international staff.

Career Prospects

Career prospects include scientific research, science journalism, and education along with jobs in the private, public or non-profit sectors.
Depending on the career perspectives that appeal to you most, you can decide to replace your Minor research project with one of our professional profiles:

  • Applied Data Science profile
  • Bioinformatics profile
  • Communication profile
  • Complex systems profile
  • Education profile
  • Management profile
  • Research profile

Academic Careers

Graduates find PhD positions in:

  • The Graduate School of Life Sciences-PhD programs, in particular, Cardiovascular Research
  • National and international institutions partnered with Utrecht University research institutes
  • Various other national and international institutes

Facts & Figures

About 70% of the graduates become a PhD candidate, 15% start a career in a science-related field (e.g. jobs in the medical, technical, or pharmaceutical industry, or science journalism), 10% continue the academic career in a new study program (forensic sciences, (veterinary) medicine, teaching) and 5% leave the world of Life Sciences behind.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 23, 2019
This course is Campus based
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2 years
2,083 EUR
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2019-2020): € 2,083. Non-EU/EEA students (institutional fee): 2018-19: € 18,690, 2019-20: € 19,900
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