Research course

Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

Institution
Radboud University · Faculty of Medical Science
Qualifications
MSc by research

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Entry requirements

This programme was designed for high-calibre students. Enrolment is limited to 24 students a year.

Academic background

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a background in life sciences such as Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.

Further academic requirements include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with results well above average.
  • A strong motivation to pursue a career in research that is related to the molecular mechanisms of disease.
  • At least two months of hands-on practical experience.

If you have questions concerning the relevance of your academic background, please contact the Academic Advisor by sending an email to: mmd@ru.nl.

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
  • A IELTS score of ≥6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

* Applicants are considered to be a native speaker of English if they are from Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa.

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Months of entry

September

Course content

The Research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease is a unique programme that translates disease-related biomedical research into clinical experiments in patients.

This programme offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach with the opportunity for specialisation in one of three fields: Immunity related Disorders, Metabolic Disorders and Developmental Disorders in cells. This programme also requires two 6-month research-training periods, where you will gain valuable experience in performing your own research projects. You will have the opportunity to attend conferences and work with a mentor to help develop your research.

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) is closely connected to this programme.


What will you learn?

  • You will follow a broad biomedical programme that allows you to specialise in your specific field-of-interest
  • Gain a theoretical background in your area of focus and develop a highly critical, independent approach to problem-solving
  • Learn to design and conduct your own research, guided by a personal mentor and gain experience in presenting and communicating your research
  • Acquire the basic management skills needed to lead R&D projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

Career prospects
There is considerable demand for experts in the molecular biomedical sciences as well as in their application to the development of treatments for diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and metabolic diseases.


Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies.

To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.

Learn more via the Radboud University contact form.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,143 p/a
International students
EU € 2,143 p/a Non EU € 12,645 p/a

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,143). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,143). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)

Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.

Holland Scholarship Programme

Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Study Information
Email
study-information@ru.nl