The main components of this two-year Master’s programme (120 EC) are practical research training and advanced theoretical education. The aim of the research projects is to train you as an independent researcher. The programme can only be followed full-time.

What I liked about the Master’s programme is the fact that you’re very close to doing real science yourself. You get a very good impression of what it means to do research.
Adriaan Verhage
Programme scheme Life Sciences Master's
EC = credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System)


The programme includes the following components, with the specified credit load:

  • Major Research Project (51 ECTS)
  • Minor Research Project (33 ECTS)
  • Theoretical courses (15 ECTS)
  • Electives (12 ECTS)
  • Writing assignment (7.5 ECTS)
  • Introduction course plus seminars (1.5 ECTS)

Examination Methods 

  • Papers
  • Presentations
  • Assignments
  • Master’s Thesis: You will write a Master’s thesis to demonstrate your ability to provide a clear overview of recent literature addressing the topic in question. The thesis will contain both a discussion/evaluation of hypotheses and a personal view. Alternatively, you may write a scientific research proposal in the format of an NWO Top Talent application, or a scientific proposal in the format of a STW/EU application.