Clinical Biology

The Master’s specialisation in Clinical Biology focuses on scientific aspects of current and future health challenges. You will develop and answer research questions with a strong translational focus and perform research on patient samples within a research group at the Radboud university medical center. In this way, you will link human physiology and basic principles of molecules and cells to clinical treatment.

Choose this specialisation if you are interested in

  • Molecular and translational oncology
  • Human genetics and physiology, and clinical treatment
  • Metabolism, transport, and motility

Why study this specialisation at Radboud University?

  • Radboud biologists and clinicians are experts in the fields of animal and human physiology, human disease and molecular and cellular clinical studies.
  • You will get the opportunity to work closely together with researchers from Radboud university medical center.
  • Radboud University offers internships at multiple related research institutes, such as Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS) and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DI).
  • There are various opportunities to do an internship abroad through a wide network of cooperating research groups.
  • Teaching takes place in small groups and in a stimulating, personal setting.

Programme outline (2 years, 120 EC)

The programme of this specialisation depends on the Master’s that you will follow: Medical Biology or Molecular Life Sciences.

Medical Biology

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (18 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • 2 Internships (2 x 36 EC)
  • 2 Literature theses (2 x 6 EC)

Molecular Life Sciences

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (6 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • 2 Internships (2 x 36 EC)
  • 2 Literature theses (2 x 6 EC)
  • 2 Internship courses (2 x 3 EC)

Research internship

During your internships, you will be responsible for your own experiments, under the supervision of one of our top researchers. At Radboud university medical center, a few relevant departments are:

  • Human Genetics
    Prof. Han Brunner
  • Pathology
    Dr Benno Kusters
  • Pediatric Oncology
    Dr Frank van Leeuwen
  • Haematology
    Dr Harry Dolstra

Of course, you can also choose to do your research internship(s) at a company or abroad. For suggestions, you can contact one of the professors above or the student advisor.


This specialisation contains five compulsory courses. You can compose the rest of the programme with specialisation electives and free electives.

Compulsory courses

  • Trends in Medical Biosciences (3 EC)
  • Molecular and Translational Oncology (3 EC)
  • Human Genetics (3 EC)
  • Metabolism, Transport, and Motility (3 EC)
  • Trends in Medical Biosciences II (3 EC)

Examples of specialisation electives

  • Human Fertility (3 EC)
  • Oncology (3 EC)
  • Cellular Imaging in Four Dimensions (3 EC)
  • Laboratory Animal Science (3 EC)
  • Advanced Endocrinology (3 EC)
  • Molecular aspects of host defense, tissue destruction and repair (3 EC)

All courses and course descriptions are listed in the online prospectus.

Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

Clinical Biology is linked to the Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS), which aims to translate early biomedical discoveries into applied clinical practice and public health. The themes of the institute range from cancer development, reconstructive and regenerative medicine, and nanomedicine to movement, infectious, inflammatory and mitochondrial diseases. As a Master’s student, you have the opportunity to do your internship at RIHS.

Your advantages on the labour market

This Master’s specialisation is an excellent preparation for a career in research, either at a university, a medical centre or a (pharmaceutical) company. However, many of our students end up in positions in government departments, the private commercial sector, and public health authorities as well. For example, graduates work as:

  • Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Policy coordinators
  • Teachers

Admission requirements

You are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Biology (with a minor in Medical Biology, Neurobiology or Medicine), or a closely related discipline. You must also have a sufficient proficiency in English. Students from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) should complete a pre-Master’s programme or a minor programme during their pre-education. Additional deficiency programmes are tailormade. For details, please visit the website or contact the study advisor.

Application procedure

The programme starts in September. The application deadline is 1 April for students from non-EU/EEA countries and 1 May for students from within the EU/EEA. Depending on your previous education, you apply for the Master’s programme in either Medical Biology or Molecular Life Sciences. Dutch students can apply via and international students can apply via After admittance to the Master’s programme, you can enrol for the specialisation of your choice.

More information

Student advisor Medical Biology: Conny Mooren, +31 (0)24 365 22 81

Student advisor Molecular Life Sciences: Gerrie Coppens,, +31 (0)24 365 30 2