What causes disease? What is the (epi)genetic background of disorders? How do microorganisms in the intestine contribute to health and disease? What are the underlying mechanisms of diseases and what novel strategies can be designed to cure disease?

During the Master's degree programme in Biomedical Sciences, you will be trained to find answers to these questions. The programme is strongly oriented towards the scientific background of health and disease and preclinical research. You will encounter an interdisciplinary environment of basic scientific research at the faculty of science and engineering and the more medical oriented environment of the university medical center.

If you have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant biomedical area you can apply for our two-year programme and excel your career as a biomedical researcher or biomedical specialist. We offer specialized tracks in the biology of aging but also offer learning lines related to immunology and cancer and to food and sustainable society. In addition, we offer the unique option to create a custom-made biomedical programme that meets your ambitions.

Examples are programmes dedicated to virology, (epi)genetics, regenerative medicine, big data management, computational biology and many other areas on which the University of Groningen has a worldwide leading position.

For those who have the ambition to go into industry, policy making, become a consultant, or pursue a biomedical position in any other field NOT related to research, we also offer the Science, Business, and Policy (SBP) track. Both the research programme and the SBP tracks are tailored to align ambitions and career perspectives of the individual student and are designed under the supervision of an experienced (associate) professor.

A unique aspect of the research programme is that up to 75% of the programme can be spent on independent research projects in which you join a research-group to experience science according to the principle of 'learning by doing', under the guidance of a researcher. You will be embedded in a research group and fully experience what it takes to be a researcher. For those that have the aspiration to become an industrial researcher, there is also an option to do a research-project within a company.

In addition to offering research-projects we provide a variety of courses to learn about microbiota, computational biology, big data management etc. and any other novel area in the emerging field of biomedical sciences. Apply to our degree programme if you are looking for a dynamic and unique Master's degree with great career perspectives.

Programme options

  • Biology of Ageing (specialization)

    The specialization Biology of Ageing provides training as a researcher mainly in the field of aging and age-related pathologies.

  • General research programme (profile)

    Tailor-made programme of master modules, electives and research projects in the wide scope of biomedical research.

  • Science, Business & Policy (profile)

    Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

    Admission requirements

    additional subject

    The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.

    language test

    MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests.

    previous education

    Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or related field, focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, immunology and physiology, possibly with elements of behavioral neurosciences. Laboratory experience and proof of academic scientific writing skills (such as thesis or research report) are required. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

    other admission requirements


    Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at http://www.rug.nl/(...)amme/admissions/msc/ for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

    Registration procedure

    The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

    Language requirements

    IELTS overall band 6.5
    TOEFL paper-based 580
    TOEFL computer based 237
    TOEFL internet based 92

    Tuition fees

    EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 2060 full-time
    non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 14350 full-time

    Application deadlines

    Type of student Deadline Start course
    EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 01 September 2019
    non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2019 01 September 2019

    Job prospects

    Your career prospects are a researcher in a variety of organizations such as:

    • Universities
    • Academic and general hospitals
    • Biomedical, pharmaceutical or food industries

    Positions linking biomedical sciences to a business or policy strategy in a social organization, such as the Heart Foundation and the Diabetes Fund. You can also work for the government in an advisory position.

Program taught in:
  • English

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