Research course

Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences

Utrecht University · Life Sciences

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Study molecules to solve big issues

The Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (MCLS) is research oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach to study related to health and disease in cells and organisms. By the end of the programme you will gain sufficient fundamental knowledge to start working on applications in the field of medical and biotechnological issues. These applications may include the development of new medicines and vaccines, new strategies for crop improvement, or the development of enzymes to be used in industry.

The right choice for you?

MCLS is the ideal Master’s programme if you are interested in molecules as the basis of life and disease and if you want to know how chemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, and physics contribute to our understanding of how these molecules work. The interplay of molecules in cells and organisms is the central focus of the programme.

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2016) ranked this programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands.

Programme objective

You will develop extensive knowledge about cellular processes such as cellular signaling, membrane biogenesis and intracellular transport. You will also learn skills and methods to study the molecules involved in these processes by using biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology, biophysics, computational biology, proteomics and genomics.

Within the MCLS programme a track for Computational Biology is organized. The research projects and courses in this track focus on solving interesting biological problems with mathematical modelling and computational techniques.

The programme offers you the flexibility to choose any specialisation within the field of molecular and cellular life sciences.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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