Biomedical Sciences

The Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Sciences is strongly oriented towards the scientific background of health and disease and preclinical research. Life processes and their abnormalities in the intact organism are studied. The field in Groningen is wide and the choice is up to you – you can specialize in molecular biology or conduct research at the level of population groups. The Master programme consists of 120 ECTS and is taught in English.

You are participating actively in all aspects of the research, from designing an experiment to conducting it, and to writing an international scientific publication. Within the degree programme Biomedical Sciences students can follow the specialisation Biology of Ageing which provides training as a researcher mainly in the field of ageing and age-related pathologies. A new specialization (since 2016) called Nutrition and Health focusses on nutrion and the effect of nutrition on the body.


Biomedical Sciences knows two main tracks; the Research profile (P-track) and the Science, Business & Policy profile (M-track).

  • The P-track focuses entirely on research to prepare for a career in academia or other research institutes. The study programme therefore mainly consists of research projects, which focus on learning about conducting research by actually doing it.
  • The M-track comprises one year of research and one year aimed at the development of policy and management-related understanding and skills to prepare for a career in a company, consultancy or policy organization.

Study components

The P-track consists of two research courses, consisting of at least 30 and 40 ECTS respectively, a colloquium and essay of 5 ECTS each, several courses taking up 20 ECTS and the remaining 10 ECTS (or less if your research courses took up more than 30 or 40 ECTS) are electives.

The M-track has one large research project, consisting of 40 ECTS or more, a colloquium of 5 ECTS, 5 ECTS of mandatory courses and 10 ECTS of electives. The remaining 60 ECTS consists of a module Policy and Management, taking up 20 ECTS and finally an internship consisting of 40 ECTS

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Students with a (university) Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences or related field (focusing on knowledge and skills at the interface of molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, integrative physiology and behaviour, and medical sciences) are accepted. Sufficient English proficiency on VWO level is required.

Further information

For more information, please visit the MCs Biomedical Sciences webpage or contact Mirjan van Timmeren.