Research course

Chemistry for Life (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

Please find all the relevant information about admission requirements on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

This track involves the design and synthesis of complex molecular systems, addressing challenging problems, such as wound healing and drug delivery. At the interface of biology and chemistry you will get a solid foundation in modern synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry and chemical biology. This multidisciplinary knowledge is essential for industries of the future, where chemistry and life sciences become more and more intertwined. As a Chemistry for Life Master's student you will obtain the knowledge and skills you need to develop the next generation of medicines.

Programme courses

The Master’s specialisation in Chemistry for Life is taught at the Faculty of Science. It has a course load of 120 EC* (two years). The specialisation consists of:

  • 15 EC of compulsory courses
  • 15 EC of electives
  • Two internships of in total total 90 EC

If you can handle the studyload and want to add another course to personalise your Master’s programme, you are certainly free to do so.

Read more about the subjects, reading requirements and course schedule in the online prospectus.

Societal Master's specialisation

You can either follow the above-mentioned research Master's specialisation as a whole (2 years), or you can combine the first year of the research track with an additional year of one of three societal Master’s specialisations, namely:

* European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
The workload of an academic year is equivalent to 60 European credits (EC), where 1 EC point is 28 hours of study. This system allows you to check whether the courses you have followed in a particular year (along with other activities that earn credits) meet the European requirements.

*This is an specialisation of the Master's in Chemistry, Master's in Molecular Life Sciences and Master's in Science

Quality label

For the third time in a row, this programme was rated number one in the category Chemistry in the Netherlands by the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Fees and funding

UK students
£1.515,00 (€ 1,984)
International students
£ 7.328,00 (€ 10,137)

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admission Office