Explore the intersection of basic and clinical research

The Biology of Disease programme is an interdisciplinary programme that will position you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science. In this programme, you will study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense, through an internship in either pre-clinical or clinical research at one of Utrecht University’s medical, biomedical, biological, industrial, or veterinary labs.

The management profile course was incredibly helpful when it came to finding an organisation for my second internship as well as my current position.
Rianne Ernst Alumnus of the Master's in Biology of Disease

The programme’s central theme is the translation of a clinical problem (disease) into a scientifically sound experiment or model. This is necessary to study the underlying mechanism of the disease, which can potentially reveal therapeutic leads. Research questions may relate to all organisational levels of the body.

This Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to focus on more than one clinical speciality, enabling you to conduct research projects on different subjects and diseases while gaining experience in multiple labs. Alternatively, you can choose to focus entirely on cardiovascular research through our Cardiovascular Research track. On completing the programme, you will be able to use advanced research techniques and function as an independent researcher in your chosen specialty.

Programme objective

The MSc in Biology of Disease trains students to conduct disease-related translational research in cooperation with clinical and pre-clinical 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:
  • February
  • September
Tuition fees:
  • Statutory fee - fulltime 2017-2018: € 2,006 (NL/EU) (for exceptions see Tuition Fees and Financial Support)
  • Institutional fee 2017-2018: € 18,201 (non EU/EEA)
Graduate school:
Life Sciences

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