Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences

Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (MCLS) is a 2 year master program (120 ECTS) that focuses on understanding molecular-level cellular function and rests at the crossroads of chemical, biological, physical and computational science. The research groups participating in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences belong to the Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research, the Institute of Biomembranes, or the Institute for Biocomplexity and Biology.

Designed to communicate this unique field of research to a new generation of students, this MSc program is research-oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach. You will learn a wide range of state-of-the-art techniques, including advanced methodologies in developmental genetics, cell biology and structural biology. You will acquire extensive knowledge of molecular recognition and regulation, cell signaling, membrane biogenesis and sorting, chemical approaches to biology and genomics/proteomics.

Powerful modeling systems which have already been established will be even more effective when used in combination. The program offers expert training in several of the most prominent biological models, including bacteria (E. coli), fungi (Aspergillus niger), plants (Arabidopsis thaliana) and animals (C. elegans, locusts and zebrafish), as well as cultured mammalian and insect cells.

In the past, research often focused on a single level of observation: molecules, cells, tissues or organisms. The current challenge is to bring all these levels together into a comprehensive understanding of life. Courses and research projects in the program emphasize crossing former boundaries.
The program offers you considerable freedom to choose a specific field within the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences. A tailor-made program can be developed to suit your personal interests.

The program does not contain tracks; it already is a quite specialized field. There are different profiles. Most students follow the Research profile, this is the common program. It is also possible to do a profile on Communication & Education (C&E) or Management (M). A profile is 33 ECTS and takes half a year.

Study components
The study consists of different parts that are depicted in the table. You are entirely free to plan these components yourself, most students start with their major research project. This has to be done in a group that is participating to the MCLS program. Courses and seminars are given throughout the year, some courses are compulsory but most can be picked from a long list of optional courses.
If you want to do a profile, this replaces the minor research project.

Applicants must hold a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Sciences or Biological Sciences (or an equivalent qualification) and have basic knowledge of molecular cell biology and molecular genetics. Higher professional education (HBO) and higher education in applied sciences (HLO) applicants will be assessed on an individual basis.
A good knowledge of English is required.

For further questions, contact the program coordinator Anje de Graaf. (mail: )

For starting 1 September, the application deadline is June 1st.
For starting 1 February, the admission deadline is  October 15th.

Further information

UU website – MCLS
MCLS movie

Ervaring van een student

Ervaring van een student Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (in Dutch)