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Explore the intersection of basic and clinical research

Biology of Disease positions you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science, in particular in the cardiovascular research field. 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.

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Opportunity to choose between two tracks
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Learn to translate a disease into a scientifically sound experiment or model or the other way around. Expand your knowledge concerning the disease or build bridges towards therapeutic leads by studying underlying mechanisms of the disease. Our various research projects focus on different subjects and diseases, allowing you to gain experience in multiple labs.

Become an expert of cardiovascular diseases

We offer the option to put additional focus on cardiovascular diseases by following our cardiovascular track. It’s an excellent preparation to flow smoothly towards the PhD programme Cardiovascular Research.

The internships were fundamental for getting to where I am today.
Alumnus Ilia Timpanaro in front of the Hijmans van den Bergh building

Why you should 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.
  • It gives you the opportunity to compose a personalised programme of multiple clinical specialties within disease biology.
  • Carry out two hands-on research projects at research groups and do your minor research project abroad to gain additional skills and an international perspective on your chosen specialisation.
  • Benefit from a solid mentoring system. Discuss your study progress with the Programme Coordinator and work under the supervision of a PhD student or post-doc from amongst our enthusiastic and international staff.


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: Biomedical Sciences
  • Programme: Biology of Disease
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
  • September
  • February
Application deadline:
  • February: Dutch & EU/EER students: 15 October
  • February: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 September
  • September: Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 April
  • September: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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Graduate school:
Life Sciences