Study the small parts to solve big issues

The Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (MCLS) is research oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of molecules, cells, and organisms. By the end of the programme you will have gained 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 enzymes to be used in industry. Within the MCLS program 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.


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. 

Programme objective 

In this programme, 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, cell biology, biophysics, computational biology, proteomics, and genomics. The programme will provide you with broad expertise and a practical tool set to put you in an optimal position for a successful career in the life sciences.

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


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Biologische Wetenschappen, Chemical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences
  • Programme: Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
60293, 60706, 66990
Language of instruction:
Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Start of studies:
  • February
  • September
Tuition fees:
  • Statutory fee - fulltime: € 1,906 (2014-2015) € 1.951 (2015-2016)
  • Institutional fee: € 18,850 (2014-2015) € 19.080 (2015-2016)
Graduate school:
Life Sciences