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The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
April, August, January, November, October, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Biomedical Sciences at University of Groningen

What causes disease? What are 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 programmeis strongly oriented towards the scientific background of healthand disease and preclinical research. You will encounter aninterdisciplinary environment of basic scientific research at thefaculty of science and engineering and the more medical orientedenvironment of the university medical center.

If you have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant biomedical areayou can apply for our two-year programme and excel your career asbiomedical researcher or biomedical specialist. We offerspecialized tracks in biology of ageing but also offer learninglines related to immunology and cancer and to food andsustainable society. In addition, we offer the unique optionto create a custom made biomedical programme that meets yourambitions. Examples are programmes dedicated to virology,(epi)genetics, regenerative medicine, big data management,computational biology and many other areas on which the Universityof Groningen has a world-wide leading position.

For those who have the ambition to go into industry, policymaking, become a consultant, or pursue a biomedical position in anyother field NOT related to research, we also offer theScience, Business and Policy (SBP) track. Both theresearch programme and the SBP track are tailored to alignambitions and career perspectives of the individual student and aredesigned under supervision of an experienced (associate)professor.
An unique aspect of the research programme is that up to 75% of the programme can be spent on  independent research projectsin which you join a research-group to experience science accordingto the principle of 'learning by doing', under the guidance of aresearcher. You will be embedded in a research group and fullyexperience what it takes to be a researcher. For those that havethe aspiration to become an industrial researcher, there is also anoption to do a research-project within a company.

In addition to offering research-projects we provide a varietyof courses to learn about microbiota, computational biology, bigdata management etc. and any other novel area in the emerging fieldof biomedical sciences. Apply to our degree programme if you arelooking for a dynamic and unique Master's degree with great careerperspectives.

What causes disease? What are 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 programmeis strongly oriented towards the scientific background of healthand disease and preclinical research. You will encounter aninterdisciplinary environment of basic scientific research at thefaculty of science and engineering and the more medical orientedenvironment of the university medical center.

If you have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant biomedical areayou can apply for our two-year programme and excel your career asbiomedical researcher or biomedical specialist. We offerspecialized tracks in biology of ageing but also offer learninglines related to immunology and cancer and to food andsustainable society. In addition, we offer the unique optionto create a custom made biomedical programme that meets yourambitions. Examples are programmes dedicated to virology,(epi)genetics, regenerative medicine, big data management,computational biology and many other areas on which the Universityof Groningen has a world-wide leading position.

For those who have the ambition to go into industry, policymaking, become a consultant, or pursue a biomedical position in anyother field NOT related to research, we also offer theScience, Business and Policy (SBP) track. Both theresearch programme and the SBP track are tailored to alignambitions and career perspectives of the individual student and aredesigned under supervision of an experienced (associate)professor.
An unique aspect of the research programme is that up to 75% of the programme can be spent on  independent research projectsin which you join a research-group to experience science accordingto the principle of 'learning by doing', under the guidance of aresearcher. You will be embedded in a research group and fullyexperience what it takes to be a researcher. For those that havethe aspiration to become an industrial researcher, there is also anoption to do a research-project within a company.

In addition to offering research-projects we provide a varietyof courses to learn about microbiota, computational biology, bigdata management etc. and any other novel area in the emerging fieldof biomedical sciences. Apply to our degree programme if you arelooking for a dynamic and unique Master's degree with great careerperspectives.

After your studies

Job prospects

Your career prospects are 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 policystrategy in a social organization, such as the Heart Foundation and the Diabetes Fund. You can also work for the government in anadvisory position.

Your career prospects are researcher in a variety oforganisations such as:

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

Positions linking biomedical sciences to a business or policystrategy in a social organisation, such as the Heart Foundation and the Diabetes Fund. You can also work for the government in anadvisory position.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
    Course startsApril, August, January, November, October, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

Non-EU/EEA

€ 14350 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:

You may apply for the Masters programme Biomedical Sciences witha Bachelor in Life Science and Technology with a main focus onknowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellularbiology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, integrative physiologyand behaviour, and medical sciences.

BiologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

You may apply for the Masters programme Biomedical Sciences when you have a Bachelor in Biology with a main focus on knowledge andskills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organicchemistry and biochemistry, integrative physiology and behaviour,and medical sciences.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on yourapplication, after which the board will decide if you meet theadmission requirements in terms of general level of previouseducation and specific background knowledge.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/(...)anguage-requirementsfor 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 andcellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, immunologyand physiology, possibly with elements of behaviouralneurosciences. Laboratory experience and proof of academicscientific writing skills (such as thesis or research report) arerequired. The admissions board determines whether the specificcontents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the master programme for which you applied.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY

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.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

Universitary Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or relatedfield (focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface ofmolecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry,integrative physiology and behaviour, and medical sciences).

HBO: A special programme is available for holders of a Dutch HBOBachelor's degree. More information: http://www.rug.nl/(...)a-informatiegids.pdfFor more information, contact the academic advisor. Yourapplication must be submitted before May 1, thereby following theinstructions in the hbo-information guide.

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

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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