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Biomedical Sciences

What causes disease? What is the (epi)genetic background of disorders? How do microorganisms in the intestine contribute to health and disease? What are the underlying mechanisms of diseases and what novel strategies can be designed to cure disease?

During the Master's degree programme in Biomedical Sciences you will be trained to find answers to these questions. The programme is strongly oriented towards the scientific background of health, disease and preclinical research. You will encounter an interdisciplinary environment of basic scientific research at the faculty of science and engineering and a more medically oriented environment at the University medical centre.

We offer tracks related to biology of cancer and immune system, biology of food and nutrition, biology of healthy ageing and disease, and neuroscience. In addition, we offer the unique option to create a custom-made biomedical science programme that meets your ambitions. Examples are programmes dedicated to virology and microbiology, regenerative medicine, genetics and big data science as well as many other fields in which the University of Groningen has a world-wide leading position.

For those who have the ambition to go into industry or policy making, to become a consultant or to pursue a biomedical career in any other field NOT related to research, we offer the Science, Business and Policy (SBP) track. Both the research programmes and the SBP track are tailored to align with the ambitions and career perspectives of the individual student and are designed under supervision of an experienced (associate) professor.

A unique aspect of the research programme is that up to 60% to 70% of the programme can be spent on independent research projects in which you join a research group to experience science according to the principle of 'learning by doing', under the guidance of an expert in the field. You will be embedded in a research group and fully experience what it takes to be a researcher. For those that have the aspiration to become an industrial researcher, there is also an option to do a research project within a company.

In addition to offering research projects, we provide a variety of courses to learn about microbiota, big data science and any other novel area in the emerging field of biomedical sciences. Apply to our degree programme if you are looking for a dynamic and unique Master's degree with great career perspectives.

This master's degree programme in Biomedical Sciences is selective. Only students with a background in biomedical sciences or a strongly related field will be admitted to the ranking list. Subsequently, the top 90 best performing and motivated applicants will be admitted to the programme. If you have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant biomedical area you can apply for our two-year programme and advance your career as a biomedical researcher or biomedical specialist. We offer a pre-master for excellent Biomedical Laboratory students from Universities of Applied Sciences. Only students with a GPA of 8 or higher and a strong motivation are admitted to this pre-master.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Biomedical Sciences
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
66990
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Mentor system in which a dedicated (associate) professor guides you through the programme
  • Unique option to compose a programme that fits your personal interests, ambitions or career
  • The option to conduct a research project abroad, using the extensive global network of our scientists
  • Tracks in “Biology of healthy ageing and disease”, “Biology of cancer and immune system”, “Biology of food and nutrition” and “Neuroscience”
  • Unique multidisciplinary setting of l
Programme

Curriculum

2-year programme; credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Programme options
Biology of Ageing (Research track) (track)

The track Biology of Ageing provides training as a researcher mainly in the field of ageing and age-related pathologies.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6173

General research programme (track)

Tailor-made programme of master modules, electives and research projects in the wide scope of biomedical research.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6177

Biology of Cancer and Immune System (Research track) (track)

This track provides courses and internships on cell processes related to cancer and immune defense in different conditions.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6174

Biology of Food and Nutrition (Research track) (track)

This is your track if you are interested in how food and nutrition influence metabolism, your gut microbiota, ageing and behavior.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6175

Neuroscience (Research track) (track)

This track trains you in all you want to know about how the brain works and influence your behavior and well-being.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/fwn/vak/showpos?opleiding=6176

Science, Business & Policy (track)

Interested in the business side of science? You can combine this Master's programme with the Science Business & Policy profile. The SBP profile includes a six-month internship as a scientific advisor.

For the complete curriculum, please see: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6178

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 60 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

Additional requirements:
  • knowledge minimum
More information:

You may apply for the Masters programme Biomedical Sciences with a Bachelor in Life Science and Technology with a main focus on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, integrative physiology and behaviour, and medical sciences.

BiologyUniversity of Groningen

Additional requirements

More information:

You may apply for the Masters programme Biomedical Sciences when you have a Bachelor in Biology with a main focus on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, integrative physiology and behaviour, and medical sciences.

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

You may apply for the Master's programme Biomedical Sciences when you have a Bachelor with a main focus on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, integrative physiology and behaviour, and medical sciences

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

previous education

A University Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or related field focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of integrative physiology and behaviour, neurobiology, molecular and cellular biology and medical sciences.

Information about admission possibilities and requirements for students from a Dutch HBO institute is published on: https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at https://www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Registration procedure

The Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Please fill out the checklist to describe your pre-education.

Selection procedure

This means that an applicant must both meet the admission requirements and successfully complete a selection procedure in order to be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

The Admissions Office will advise the Admissions Board on your application, after which the board will decide if you meet the admission requirements in terms of general level of previous education and specific background knowledge. Please note that this Master's programme has a selection procedure and a maximum capacity of 90 students.

language test

MAKE SURE TO VISIT http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/msc/language-requirements for all the necessary information about required language tests and minimum scores.

previous education

A Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or related field, focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of immunology and physiology, molecular and cellular biology, possibly with elements of behavioural neurosciences. Laboratory experience and proof of academic scientific writing skills (such as thesis or research report) are required. The Admissions Board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the Master programme.

other admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY Make sure to visit 'MSc Application Procedure' at www.rug.nl/fse/msc-admission for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

Registration procedure

The Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Please fill out the checklist to describe your pre-education.

Selection procedure

This means that an applicant must both meet the admission requirements and successfully complete a selection procedure in order to be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 18850full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Your career prospects are researcher in a variety of organizations such as:

  • Universities
  • Academic and general hospitals
  • Biomedical, pharmaceutical or food industries

Positions linking biomedical sciences to a business or policy strategy in a social organization, such as the Heart Foundation and the Diabetes Fund. You can also work for the government in an advisory position.

Research

At least 60% to 70% of the Master's Programme is conducting independent research

Within the Master's degree programme Biomedical Sciences you can conduct research in the following areas of expertise:

- The mechanisms of inflammation and immunity, allergies and tumours
- The transplantation applications of embryonic stem cells
- How nutrition influences health
- Diseases of the brain and nervous system
- The biological aspects of emotional and affective disorders such as depression, anorexia nervosa and obesity
- The molecular cellular biology underlying age-related pathologies.
And much more!

Please have a look at the websites of the research institutes related to the programme such as:

Research school of behavioural cognitive neurosciences

Research Institute GUIDE

European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing

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Contact

  • Academic Advisors FSE (For questions regarding the programme)
  • Study Science E-Mail (For students who are interested in a Campus Tour or who have other general questions)
    Email: studyscience rug.nl
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						Testimonial of Inés Paniagua Cabana

    Passionate about the molecular genetics of ageing

    – Inés Paniagua Cabana
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    After completing my Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology at the University of León in Spain, I decided that I wanted to pursue a research focused career. Undeniably, there was a particular reason that brought me to Groningen: the opportunity to join a specialized master's programme focused on the molecular genetics of ageing, the topic that I am most passionate about.

    The BMS program allows students to shape their own programme to best suit their own personal goals; a characteristic that is very appealing to many students. Right now, I’m doing a research project at ERIBA under the supervision of Dr. Michael Chang. Taking into account that I’ve become really involved with the project and the fact that there aren't any defined working hours, has made it so that the research project has taken up a lot of my free time lately. Nevertheless, one hobby that has remained constant since I came to Groningen has been singing in a jazz band called “Quiet Room”. Becoming a member of this group not only has been unbelievably rewarding and fun, it has also enhanced my sense of community and creativity!

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Study associations

GLV Idun

GLV Idun is the study association for the bachelor and the master students studying in the Life Sciences at the University of Groningen.
As a study association we have a big and vibrant student society which organizes activities for students by students. If you are interested in joining social, educational or career activities you are at the right place with us. Because we organize over 175 activities in a year. To just name a few in our wide range of activities: the first year introduction camp, our monthly parties, weekly drinks on campus, exam support sessions, symposia, trips abroad and company visits. But if you want to do more than just join these activities, you can also become part of one of our 20 committees and organize these events together with a group of committee members. As an association we are constantly searching for new members that feel passionate about taking up the responsibility of organizing activities and join a committee. If you become part of a committee you will not only gain a new group of friends, you will also gain unique organizational experiences and become part of the active group of people within our beautiful association. If you want to know more, you can always find more info on our website: https://www.idun.nl/ or shoot an email to board@idun.nl
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