You will develop extensive knowledge about cellular processes such as cellular signaling, membrane biogenesis, and intracellular transport. You will also learn skills and methods to study the molecules involved in these processes by using biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology, biophysics, computational biology, proteomics, and genomics. The program offers you the flexibility to choose any specialization within the field of molecular and cellular life sciences.
Within this Master’s program you can choose one of four tracks:
- Genes to Organisms
- Molecules and Cells
- Biophysics and Molecular imaging
- Computational Biology
After graduation, students receive a Master of Science degree in Chemical Sciences or Biological Sciences from the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Master’s program. Program graduates will be qualified for research positions in the fields of cell biology, structural biology, biotechnology, medical chemistry, and genomics/ proteomics, either in the academic world or at pharmaceutical or biotech companies.
MCLS graduates have excellent job prospects at universities, research institutes, and business organizations, ranging from large pharmaceutical industries to start-up biotech companies. Around 60% of all MCLS graduates are offered a Ph.D. student position before ending their programme.
The Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences program is focused on research; most of our graduates pursue a research career as a Ph.D. student. Some stay at Utrecht University for their Ph.D. research, while others obtain a position at one of the other universities in the Netherlands. A number of students are doing their PhDs in other countries. We have alumni in the EMBL in Heidelberg and at the ETH in Zurich, but also in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the USA, and other countries.
A small percentage of MCLS graduates begin their careers in the research department of a company such as DSM, Galapagos, or Crucell. Other careers that students pursue include working with the European Patent Office or joining a consultancy company.
If you want to find a job or internship in the Netherlands, knowing Dutch will get you places. Even if you work within an international organization, knowing at least some Dutch is always a benefit and in some cases even a requirement. In order to learn Dutch, free language websites such as duolingo.com or dutchgrammar.com can get you started or take a look at the Dutch courses offered by Babel. As a student from Utrecht University, you receive a 25% discount on their course offerings.
If you want to stay in the Netherlands after your graduation, you can apply for the ‘residence permit orientation year’. This permit can be submitted within 3 years after completing your studies and allows you unlimited working rights (hence: a work permit –TWV- is not required). For an overview of the conditions that apply for this permit, please visit the IND website.