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'Life at the molecular and cellular level' - MBLS Interdisciplanary Philosophy

Study life from different perspectives

Are you fascinated by life at the molecular and cellular level? Do you have a broad interest in the natural sciences? The interdisciplinary Bachelor’s programme Molecular and Biophysical Life Sciences (MBLS) combines biology, chemistry, physics and the pharmaceutical sciences to study life from different perspectives. The MBLS programme will equip you to make meaningful contributions to our understanding of life and to address life science related societal challenges.

MBLS is an international English-taught programme with a strong link to modern life science research. MBLS may be just the right programme for you if you are interested in questions like:

  • How do biomolecules function in health and disease?
  • How can we see molecules at atomic resolution inside cells?
  • How can proteins act as molecular motors?
  • How can we modify plants and microorganisms to solve sustainability issues?
  • How can we make molecules to fight infectious diseases?
  • How can we use computers to model life at the molecular and cellular level?
I would really like to learn more about how and why molecules in the cell move around and how this drives the processes of life.

A solid foundation

In the first three semesters (1½ years) of the programme you learn fundamental concepts and research methods of the various disciplines. In the wet lab and during computer practicals you will become familiar with techniques to study biomolecules in isolation or inside cells and even in atomic detail. You will learn the basics of programming and bioinformatics to explore the vast amount of data produced in the modern life sciences.

Shape your own programme

After completing your basic training you have substantial freedom to follow your own interests and ambitions by choosing subjects both within and outside this Bachelor’s. To assist you in shaping your own programme MBLS elective courses have been grouped in four different themes:

  • Genes to Organisms
  • Molecules and Cells
  • Molecules and Medicine
  • Biophysics and Modeling

The crown on your Bachelor’s is a three-month research project in which you put all skills and academic competences you acquired into practice. MBLS provides an excellent basis for a broad range of Master’s programmes in the Netherlands and abroad.


  • Saskia van Genderen MLS student
    You never get the answer "that's just the way it is", but you research everything in detail.
  • Hugo Damstra
    Are you looking for extra challenges? The honours programme offers you plenty!


Mode of study:
Language of instruction:
3 years
Tuition fee:
  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2022-2023, full-time): € 2,209
  • Institutional fee 2022-2023: € 12,336 (EU/EEA), € 14,000 (non-EU/EEA)
Offered by:
Degree: This Bachelor's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
BSc (Bachelor of Science)
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