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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
February, November, September

International course fees
EUR 14350

All study options

About Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at University of Groningen

Are you interested in unraveling essential processes in living cells in order to understand 'life' at a molecular level? Would you like to use biomolecular sciences and know-how to solve fundamental medical questions or develop biobased industrial applications?

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology are internationally-orientedresearch and business areas that profit from a strongmultidisciplinary know-how on genetics, microbiology, molecularcell biology, structural biology, biochemistry, and systemsbiology. During this programme, you will acquire in-depth knowledgeand skills via upper level theoretical and practical training. You will become highly competent in the fields of Molecular Biology,Biochemistry, and Biotechnology, with excellent perspectives for anindependent career in an academic, medical or industrial researchenvironment, or as a scientific consultant for the public orprivate sector.

The programme is organized by the Groningen BiomolecularSciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) and teaching is, thus,closely related to the research performed at this Institute.Research is fundamental and curiosity-driven andcontains specializations in the following areas:

  • Molecular Genetics and Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology of Complex Biological Processes
  • Molecular and Computational SystemsBiology
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Structure-function Relationships of Proteins
  • Microbial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis
  • Chemical and Synthetic Biology

Are you interested in unraveling essential processes in living cells in order to understand 'life' at a molecular level? Would you like to use biomolecular sciences and know-how to solve fundamental medical questions or develop biobased industrial applications?

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology are internationally-orientedresearch and business areas that profit from a strongmultidisciplinary know-how on genetics, microbiology, molecularcell biology, structural biology, biochemistry, and systemsbiology. During this programme, you will acquire in-depth knowledgeand skills via upper level theoretical and practical training. You will become highly competent in the fields of Molecular Biology,Biochemistry, and Biotechnology, with excellent perspectives for anindependent career in an academic, medical or industrial researchenvironment, or as a scientific consultant for the public orprivate sector.

The programme is organized by the Groningen BiomolecularSciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB) and teaching is, thus,closely related to the research performed at this Institute.Research is fundamental and curiosity-driven andcontains specializations in the following areas:

  • Molecular Genetics and Molecular Microbiology
  • Molecular Cell Biology of Complex Biological Processes
  • Molecular and Computational Systems Biology
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Structure-function Relationships of Proteins
  • Microbial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis
  • Chemical and Synthetic Biology

After your studies

Job prospects

Biomolecular scientists, graduates of the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, can pursue a career in:

  • PhD in the areas of Biomolecular Sciences, Biomedical Sciences,Life Sciences, Biochemistry and Bio(nano-)technology
  • R&D position in Life Sciences, Medical, Pharmaceutical andFood Industry
  • Scientific Advisor in a company

Biomolecular scientists, graduates of the Master's degree programme in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, can pursue a career in:

  • PhD in the areas of Biomolecular Sciences, Biomedical Sciences,Life Sciences, Biochemistry and Bio(nano-)technology
  • R&D position in Life Sciences, Medical, Pharmaceutical andFood Industry
  • Scientific Advisor in a company
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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 startsFebruary, November, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

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Additional requirements

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

Relevant specialisation in Molecular Biology and/orBiotechnology is required.

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Additional requirements

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

Relevant specialisation in Molecular Biology and/orBiotechnology is required.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

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

previous education

A university Bachelor's degree in one of the followingfields:

  • Biology or Life Science and Technology, majoring in MolecularLife Sciences or Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology, including the specialization Molecular Biology orBiotechnology or the specialization Medical Biology (incl.completed courses on General Chemistry and Bioinformatics)
  • Chemistry, including the specialization Biochemistry orBiophysical Chemistry
  • Life Science and Technology, with the specialization Genomicsand Proteomics or Molecular Medical Cell Biology.

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge.The Admissions Board determines whether the specific content of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of theMaster's degree 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

English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

An academic Bachelor's degree in one of the followingfields:

  • Biology or Life Science and Technology, majoring in MolecularLife Sciences or Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology, including the specialization Molecular Biology orBiotechnology or the specialisation Medical Biology (incl.completed courses on General Chemistry and Bioinformatics)
  • Chemistry, including the specialisation Biochemistry orBiophysical Chemistry
  • Life Science and Technology, with the specialisation Genomicsand Proteomics or Molecular Medical Cell Biology.

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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