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What causes disease? What are the (epi)genetic background of disorders? How do microorganisms in the intestine contribute to health and disease? What are the underlying mechanisms of diseases and what novel strategies can be designed to cure disease?

During the Master's degree programme in Biomedical Sciences you will be trained to find answers to these questions. The programme is strongly oriented towards the scientific background of health, disease and pre-clinical research. You will encounter an interdisciplinary environment of basic scientific research at the faculty of science and engineering and the more medical oriented environment of the university medical centre.

If you have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant biomedical area you can apply for our two-year programme and excel your career as biomedical researcher or biomedical specialist. We offer tracks related to biology of cancer and immune system, biology of food and nutrition, biology of ageing, and neuroscience. In addition, we offer the unique option to create a custom made biomedical programme that meets your ambitions. Examples are programmes dedicated to virology, (epi)genetics, regenerative medicine, big data management, computational biology and many other areas on which the University of Groningen has a world-wide leading position.

For those who have the ambition to go into industry, policy making, become a consultant, or pursue a biomedical position in any other field NOT related to research, we also offer the Science, Business and Policy (SBP) track. Both the research programmes and the SBP track are tailored to align ambitions and career perspectives of the individual student and are designed under supervision of an experienced (associate) professor.

An unique aspect of the research programme is that up to 75% of the programme can be spent on independent research projects in which you join a research-group to experience science according to the principle of 'learning by doing', under the guidance of a researcher. You will be embedded in a research group and fully experience what it takes to be a researcher. For those that have the aspiration to become an industrial researcher, there is also an option to do a research-project within a company.

In addition to offering research-projects we provide a variety of courses to learn about microbiota, computational biology, big data management etc… and any other novel area in the emerging field of biomedical sciences. Apply to our degree programme if you are looking for a dynamic and unique Master's degree with great career perspectives.

Why study this programme in Groningen?

  • Mentor system in which a dedicated professor guides you through the programme
  • Unique option to compose a programme that fits your personal interests, ambitions or career
  • The option to conduct a research project abroad, using the extensive global network of our scientists
  • Tracks in “biology of ageing”, “biology of cancer and immune system”, “biology of food and nutrition” and “neuroscience”
  • Unique multidisciplinary setting of leading scientist and biomedical speciality

After your studies

Your career prospects are researcher in a variety of organisations such as:

  • Universities
  • Academic and general hospitals
  • Biomedical, pharmaceutical or food industries

Positions linking biomedical sciences to a business or policy strategy in a social organisation, such as the Heart Foundation and the Diabetes Fund. You can also work for the government in an advisory position.


Visit the Biomedical Sciences MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!

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