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Master's specialisationMicrobiology

Focus on the functioning of microorganisms and their potential to improve our health and the environment. This includes applications such as energy-efficient waste management or new vaccines. You will gain extensive experience in microbial research.

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  • Work with state-of-the-art facilities for molecular methods and meta-omics, bioreactors, electron microscopy and mass spectroscopy equipment.
  • Follow medical as well as general microbiology courses, which enables you to choose the topics that interest you the most.
  • We offer internships at multiple research institutes, including departments at the University Medical Centre (Radboudumc)
  • The research of our Microbiology department has won many prestigious science prizes, including three ERC Advanced Grants, a Spinoza Prize, and two Gravitation Grants.
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What will you learn

In this specialisation, you will work on improving health and environment, by studying, applying, and manipulating microorganisms. You will study the interface between fundamental, applied and medical microbiology. The programme contains more than one year of academic research at a Microbiology research department, at the forefront in the areas of environmental, medical, and molecular microbiology. You can choose to focus on one the following themes: Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology, Immunology, Molecular Microbiology, Medical Microbiology & Virology. 

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Future career opportunities

The specialisation in Microbiology is an excellent preparation for a career in research, either in academia, at a governmental institute, or a company. Our students also apply their academic background in a more societal context, for example as policy officer, teacher, or consultant.

Career prospects


The Master's specialisation in Microbiology is offered in close collaboration with the research departments Microbiology at Radboud University and Medical Microbiology at Radboud University Medical Centre. This are two high quality research departments which have been bestowed with the most prestigious science prizes, including several ERC Advanced Grants, a Spinoza Prize, and two Gravitation Grants.

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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.