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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
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Biomolecular Sciences at University of Groningen

The Top Programme Biomolecular Sciences is a selective track of the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and will educate you at an advanced level.

The Top Programme in the MSc Molecular Biology &Biotechnology prepares you for conducting top quality research in the field of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The research you will be engaged in during the programme is closely connected to theGroningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB),This research institute has an international reputation within thecovering field of synthetic biology.
During this programme you get the chance to contributeon biobased solutions for societal challenges inchemistry, energy, and health. You will acquire topquality research competences and become highly attractive for aresearch career in the area of Biomolecular Sciences. Your careerwill either start with a PhD research or at an R&Dinstitution.  
One semester of comprehensive courses must be successfullycompleted in order to receive the special annotation of the TopProgramme on the diploma supplement for Molecular Biology andBiotechnology. Admission is highly selective.

The Top Programme Biomolecular Sciences is a selective track of the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and will educate you at an advanced level.

The Top Programme in the MSc Molecular Biology &Biotechnology prepares you for conducting top quality research in the field of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The research you will be engaged in during the programme is closely connected to theGroningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB),This research institute has an international reputation within thecovering field of synthetic biology.
During this programme you get the chance tocontribute on biobased solutions for societalchallenges in chemistry, energy, and health. You will acquire top quality research competences andbecome highly attractive for a research career in the area ofBiomolecular Sciences. Your career will either start with a PhDresearch or at an R&D institution. 
One semester of comprehensive courses must be successfullycompleted in order to receive the special annotation of the TopProgramme on the diploma supplement for Molecular Biology andBiotechnology. Admission is highly selective.

After your studies

Job prospects

When you have finished the Top Programme in BiomolecularSciences, you have excellent opportunities to continue youracademic career via a subsequent PhD study. Various Top programmestudents even received offers for PhD positions during theirMaster's research projects.

You will also have an excellent background to obtain a positionin R&D laboratories in Life Sciences industries.

When you have finished the Top Programme in BiomolecularSciences, you have excellent opportunities to continue youracademic career via a subsequent PhD study. Various Top programmestudents even received offers for PhD positions during theirMaster's research projects.

You will also have an excellent background to obtain a positionin R&D laboratories in Life Sciences industries.

Job examples

  • PhD research position
  • R&D position in Applied Sciences institutions or Life Sciences industries
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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 startsSeptemberDomestic 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
BiologyUniversity of Groningen

Deficiency program

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
  • assessment interview
  • additional subject
More information:

Admission is highly selective. Every applicant is screened bythe Admissions Board of Biomolecular Sciences. Applying shouldinclude CV, 3 qualified referees and proof of Englishproficiency.

Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of Groningen

Deficiency program

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
  • assessment interview
  • additional subject
More information:

Admission is highly selective. Every applicant is screened bythe Admissions Board of Biomolecular Sciences. Applying shouldinclude CV, 3 qualified referees and proof of Englishproficiency.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Please supply a survey of your academic study results.

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. Proof of academic scientific writing skills (suchas thesis or research report) are required. The admissions boarddetermines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s)meet the admission requirements of the Master's degree program forwhich you applied.

reference letter

In order to be considered for admission to the programme, yourapplication should contain letters of reference.

written request

In order to be considered for admission to the programme, yourapplication should contain a motivation letter.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY

Important: Note that the top programma Biomolecular Sciences isan advanced track within the MSc programme Biomolecular Sciences.Therefore you should apply via Studielink by selecting the MScprogramme Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and add thenotification or remark Biomolecular Sciences.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Please supply a survey of your academic study results.

knowledge minimum

Proof of English proficiency is required (TOEFL 580/237/92,IELTS 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English), withthe exception of students whose native language is English.

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields:

Biology or Life Science & Technology, including a major inMolecular Life Sciences Biology, Biomedical Sciences or equivalent,including a major or minor in Molecular Biology, or courses onGeneral Chemistry, Bioinformatics and Biotechnology Chemistry,including the specialization Biochemistry or Biophysical Chemistry,the major 'Chemistry of Life', or equivalent.

reference letter

In order to be considered for admission to the programme, yourapplication should contain letters of reference.

written request

In order to be considered for admission to the programme, yourapplication should contain a motivation letter.

other admission requirements

IMPORTANT:

Note that the top programma Biomolecular Sciences is an advancedtrack within the MSc programme Biomolecular Sciences. Therefore youshould apply via Studielink by selecting the MSc programmeMolecular Biology and Biotechnology and add the notification orremark Biomolecular Sciences.

In parallel you should send your application documents (PDFsonly!) to the secretary of the Admissions Board of BiomolecularSciences via email: e.g.vrieling@rug.nl

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.

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme. The Board may decide that youhave to take supplementary courses or follow a bridging programmebefore being admitted.

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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