Medical Epigenomics

Master's specialisationMedical Epigenomics

How do all different types of cells each perform their own specific task? The explanation lies in the epigenome: a heritable, cell type-specific set of chromosomal modifications, which determines cell identity and regulates gene expression.

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Something for you?

  • Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) is world-leading in studying the epigenome.
  • There are state-of-the-art technologies with downstream bioinformatics analyses in one department, which is unique in Europe.
  • The programme has close contacts with high-profile medical groups on our campus and with international institutes.
  • Do your internship in one of our large epigenetics projects, including projects on leukaemia, skin development, pluripotency, embryonic development, malaria and organoids.
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What will you learn

In this specialisation, you’ll look at a cell as one big and complex system. You’ll study epigenetic mechanisms during development and disease from different angles. This includes studying DNA and RNA by next-generation sequencing (epigenomics) and analysing proteins by mass spectrometry (proteomics). In addition, you‘ll be trained to design computational strategies that allow the integration of these multifaceted, high-throughput data sets into one system. You will learn how to work with state-of-the-art technology in combination with biological software tools to study complete networks in cells in an unbiased manner.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

As a Master’s student of Medical Epigenomics you’re trained in using state-of-the art technology in combination with biological software tools to study complete networks in cells in an unbiased manner. Once graduated, this will be a great advantage: you’ll be able to bridge the gap between biology, technology and informatics, and thus have a profile that is desperately needed in modern, data-driven biology. For example, you’ll know how to study the effects of drugs in the human body. Apart from research into genomics and epigenomics, you could also work on topics such as miniaturising workflows, improving experimental devices, the interface between biology and informatics, medicine from a systems approach.

Career prospects


The research in the field of Epigenomics is organised in two departments at Radboud University: Molecular Biology and Molecular Developmental Biology. Both departments are part of the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), a leading research institute at the interface of the Radboudumc (university medical center) and the Faculty of Science.

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Tuitions & grants

If you are going to follow this Master's programme, you will pay an annual tuition fee. There are different tuition rates. The amount depends on your personal situation.