Research course


Radboud University · Faculty of Science
MSc by research

Entry requirements

A completed Bachelor's degree

Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch research university diploma, with an adequate multidisciplinary foundation in at least two of the following three disciplines, of 30 EC each: Chemistry, Biology or Physics. The Examination Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted.

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)
  • An 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.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

Working at the interface of chemistry, biology and physics

New insights emerge at the point where disciplines come together and, in order to understand how things work, it is important to study them from all angles. This is the approach we have chosen in the Master's programme in Science. As a Master's student you will find yourself at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics as you work to discover the secrets behind man, molecule and materials.


Depending on your background you can choose one of the following specialisations:

  • Chemistry of Life
    This specialisation involves the design and synthesis of complex molecular systems, tackling challenging problems such as wound healing and drug delivery. At the interface of biology and chemistry you will build up a solid foundation in modern synthetic organic chemistry, physical organic chemistry and chemical biology.
  • Medical Epigenomics
    Radboud University offers this unique Master’s specialisation in the Netherlands covering the function of our epigenome, a key factor in regulating gene expression in a wide range of diseases. As epigenetic modifications are reversible, this field of science has a great potential for so-called epi-drugs.
  • Neurobiology
    In this specialisation, we devolp novel biological and chemical methodologies to control molecules, cells, networks, and behaviour, thereby establishing a causal link between the different biological scales of brain organization and function.
  • Neurophysics
    In this specialisation, we aim at unravelling the neuro-computational mechanisms of this fascinating, complex system and use this knowledge for relevant applications, such as robotics and neuro-technology.
  • Molecular Chemistry
    Molecular Chemistry is a creative science, where chemists synthesise molecules with new biological or physical properties to address scientific or societal challenges. You can think for example of new catalytic conversions, lead compounds for future medicines or the next generation of conducting polymers.
  • Particle and Astrophysics
    In this Master’s specialisation you’ll dive into the extreme worlds and unravel questions like: what did our universe look like in its earliest stages of existence? What are the most elementary particles that the universe consists of? And how will the universe evolve?
  • Physical Chemistry
    Physical Chemistry goes beyond synthesising and characterising new molecules; it aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials. We do that by applying physical set-ups like high magnetic fields, free-electron lasers and nuclear magnetic resonance.
  • Physics of Molecules and Materials
    This specialisation focuses on the structure and properties of materials. You’ll work at the ‘terra incognita’ between quantum and classical physics, which is of great importance for designing next-generation materials and devices.
  • Science in Society
    This specialisation will equip you with the tools and skills you will need to become a professional intermediary between science and society. You’ll learn to analyse (governmental) science communication and to connect scientific knowledge with divergent perspectives and interests of various stakeholders.
  • Science, Management and Innovation
    This specialisation will teach you what happens in the world of business and public administration, how innovation is managed in company strategies, how government designs policy and how this interacts with societal challenges.
  • Science and Education (in Dutch)
    If you wish to become teacher at a secondary school in the Netherlands, this Dutch-taught specialisation will give you the necessary didactic background and extensive experience in the classroom.

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

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,083 p/a
International students
EU € 2,083 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 (€2,083 in 2019/2020). 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 (€2,083 in 2019/2020). 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

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