Research course

Microbiology (specialisation)

Radboud University · Faculty of Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree in Biology, Medical Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, Microbial Biochemistry or related area

All students must have passed preliminary examinations in the following subjects, containing the subject matter of the following well-known international textbooks (or equivalent literature):

  • Experimental skills: 12 EC of practical courses or an experimental Bachelor’s thesis on Microbial Physiology, Microbial Ecology, or Microbial Genetics or Biochemistry
  • General microbiology: 6 EC e.g. Brock Biology of Microorganisms (Pearson)
  • Biochemistry: 3 EC e.g. Principles of Biochemistry by Nelson, Cox & Lehninger (Macmillan)
  • Molecular Biology: 3 EC e.g. Molecular Cell Biology by Lodish et al. (W.H. Freeman)
  • Chemistry: 3 EC e.g. Chemistry by McMurry & Fay (Pearson)
  • Mathematics, statistics or physics: 3 EC e.g. College Physics by Serway, Faughn & Vuille (Brooks/Cole)
  • Basic understanding of the following subjects is required:
    - Metagenomics or genomics
    - Bioinformatics
    - Immunology

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English.This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets the conditions, listed on our website.

Motivation letter

Please also supply a motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) that includes:

  • A short description of your previous education
  • An explanation of why you want to take part in this specialisation
  • An indication of your future ambitions

Letter of reference

You also need to include at least one letter of reference from an expert in a relevant field, preferably your Bachelor’s thesis advisor.

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Months of entry


Course content

Radboud University’s Master’s specialisation in Microbiology deals with the interface between fundamental biological and medical sciences. It focuses on molecular, medical and environmental microbiology to improve our health and environment and provides in-depth insight into present-day microbial research in general and clinical microbiology.

What will you learn?

  • Learn how microbiology can be used in biotechnology and environmental issues to improve energy-efficiency
  • Explore immunology and how microorganisms related to disease and the development of vaccines
  • Understand how organisms interact through genomes
  • Get valuable experience developing, conducting and presenting your own research

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme can find positions in a variety of different organisations:

  • Researcher at universities, research institutes, companies or governmental bodies
  • Consultants for governmental agencies or private companies
  • Risk analyst
  • Policy officer at governmental organisations or NGOs
  • Project coordinator in water or ecosystem management
  • Communications officer
  • Biology teacher

*This is a specialisation of the Master's in Biology

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Fees and funding

UK students
€ 18,296
International students
EU € 2,530 p/a Non EU € 18,296 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 website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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