Study Programme

You can create your own Master’s programme of 120 European credits (EC). The components of the programme, as presented in the table below, can be followed in any given order.



Theoretical courses (15 EC)

In this programme you will spend ten weeks completing compulsory theoretical courses.

Elective courses (12 EC)

Electives will enable you to increase your knowledge within your fields of interest or to address partial educational deficiencies.

Major research project (51 EC) and minor research project (33 EC)

Students are required to complete a major and a minor research project.

You can choose to replace your Minor Research Project with a profile. The profiles in Science Communication and Education consist of theoretical courses followed by practical work. The Management profile combines skills in the life sciences with courses in business and economics.

The profiles in Applied Data ScienceBioinformatics or Complex Systems offer an interdisciplinary approach, in which you combine courses with a project or assignment on a specific topic / field.

Life Sciences Academy (1.5 EC)

During the course of the Master’s programme, you are required to attend the Introducing Life Sciences week, at least seven Life Sciences seminars, and three workshops of the Navigation Towards Personal Excellence programme.

Written assignment (7.5 EC)

This written assignment will consist of a clear and thorough overview of recent literature, concluded by an in-depth discussion.

Educational methods

During the 10-week obligatory courses, we work with the following educational methods:

-    Lectures (maximum class size 25 students)
-    Case studies (3 - 4 students/case)
-    Computer practicals (1 - 2 students/practical)
-    Literature reviews and discussion (maximum class size 25 students)

Group size

Maximum group size for courses is 25 participants.

Examination methods

Evaluation of the theoretical part of the Master’s programme is based on:

  • written exams;
  • research proposal;
  • presentations;
  • essays; 
  • research reports.

Research projects are graded based on:

  • practical work (60%);
  • written report (30%); 
  • oral presentation (10%)