Entry requirements

You are eligible for this challenging programme if you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in biomedical sciences, biological sciences, chemical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences or medical biology. You must have knowledge of the pathology, physiology, and pathophysiology of organs and organ systems. You are assessed on an individual basis. In addition, study progress during the bachelor is of great importance.

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Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Explore the intersection of basic and clinical research

The Biology of Disease programme is an interdisciplinary programme that positions you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science, in particular in the cardiovascular research field. In this programme, you study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense, and learn to conduct (cardiovascular) disease-related translational research in cooperation with clinical and pre-clinical staff.

The right choice for you?

Cardiovascular diseases are the primary focus in this programme. For this, the Cardiovascular Track has been designed. In addition, this master’s programme offers you the opportunity to focus on more than one clinical speciality , enabling you to conduct research projects on different subjects and diseases while gaining experience in multiple labs. On completing the biology of disease programme, you are able to use advanced research techniques and function as an independent researcher in the cardiovascular field, or in your chosen specialty.

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Why study biology of disease at Utrecht University?

Compared to other master’s programmes in (cardiovascular) disease mechanisms in the Netherlands, our programme in Utrecht:

  • allows you to become an expert in the cardiovascular research field.
  • gives you the opportunity to compose a personalised programme of multiple clinical specialties within disease biology.
  • offers you the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups and encourages you to do your minor research project abroad to gain additional skills and an international perspective on your chosen specialisation.
  • has a solid mentoring system: you discuss your study progress with the programme coordinator and you work under the supervision of a PhD student or post-doc from amongst our enthusiastic and international staff.

Information for international students

Information for international students is on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
UK & EU € 2,006
International students
Non EU € 18,201

For information on fees and funding, visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Carolien Bakker or Elena Donner