Study cell-to-cell signalling in development and disease

Do you have a clear and specific interest in cancer, stem cells or developmental biology? Join our programme and combine research in oncology, molecular developmental biology and genetics. Discover the mysteries of embryonic growth, stem cells, signalling, gene regulation, evolution, and development as they relate to health and disease.

Extensive research projects at renowned groups
Programme specific courses
Design your own programme!

Contribute to a better understanding of disease treatment and prevention

Given that fundamental developmental processes are so often impacted by disease, an understanding of these processes is vital to the better understanding of disease treatment and prevention. Adult physiology is regulated by developmental genes and mechanisms which, if deregulated, may result in pathological conditions.

Become an expert on molecular and cellular aspects of development and disease and create a better understanding of processes underlying cancer and developmental biology. Use techniques and applications of post-genomic research, including single cell and next generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and advanced microscopy techniques.


I got to spend most of my time in labs, which is where I learn best
Portrait photograph of My Anh Truong

Why you should study Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at Utrecht University

  • Study with a unique emphasis on developmental biology, a process with many connections to cancer
  • Carry out two extensive research projects at renowned research groups
  • Collaborate with national and international research institutes, and gain valuable experience at partner institutions all around the world
  • Take courses, seminars and masterclasses led by renowned specialists in the field. The courses are interactive, and challenge you to further improve your writing and presenting skills
  • Focus on fundamental molecular aspects of disease related questions, particularly questions related to cancer and the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine


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: Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
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)
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Application deadline:
  • September: Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 April
  • September: Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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Life Sciences