MSc in Biomedical Sciences


Program Description

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 program in Biomedical Sciences, you will be trained to find answers to these questions. The program is strongly oriented towards the scientific background of health, 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 program and excel in your career as a biomedical researcher or biomedical specialist. We offer tracks related to the biology of cancer and the immune system, biology of food and nutrition, biology of aging, and neuroscience. In addition, we offer a unique option to create a custom made biomedical program that meets your ambitions. Examples are programs 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, policymaking, 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 programs and the SBP track are tailored to align the 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 program is that up to 75% of the program 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 program if you are looking for a dynamic and unique Master's degree with great career perspectives.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Mentor system in which a dedicated professor guides you through the program
  • Unique option to compose a program that fits your personal interests, ambitions or career
  • The option to conduct a research project abroad, using the extensive global network of our scientists
  • Tracks in “biology of aging”, “biology of cancer and immune system”, “biology of food and nutrition” and “neuroscience”
  • The unique multidisciplinary setting of leading scientist and biomedical specialists



2-year program; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programs offer possibilities to study abroad at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, the UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America.

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Knowledge minimum Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.
Previous education University Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or a related field focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, integrative physiology and behavior, and medical sciences.

International diploma

Specific requirements More information
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 the general level of previous education and specific background knowledge.
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 program for which you applied.

Language requirements

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

Registration procedure

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

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

EU/EEA students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2021

01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 17500 full-time

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.


At least 60% of the Master's Programme is conducting Independent Research

Within the Master's degree program Biomedical Sciences you can conduct research in the following areas of expertise:

  • The mechanisms of inflammation and immunity, allergies and tumors
  • The transplantation applications of embryonic stem cells
  • How nutrition influences health
  • Diseases of the brain and nervous system
  • The biological aspects of emotional and affective disorders such as depression, anorexia nervosa, and obesity
  • The molecular cellular biology underlying age-related pathologies.

And much more!

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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