Student Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (research)
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Research Master'sMolecular Mechanisms of Disease (research)

Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for diseases? The internationally acclaimed research master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research.

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Something for you?

  • Follow an intensive programme that provides in-depth knowledge and research experience of disease-related molecular mechanisms.
  • Participate in group-oriented education and be part of a small group of highly motivated international students.
  • Acquire skills in academic writing, team work and presentations, and learn how to successfully apply for grants.
  • A world-class programme rated best in its field.
Why in Nijmegen?

Admission requirements

Do you want to know if you can be admitted? Read more about the admission requirements of this programme.

Admission and application
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What will you learn

This unique Master's programme translates disease-related biomedical research into molecular and clinical experimental research in patients. The programme is organised along three major educational themes:

  1. Immunity, infection and inflammation / Immunity-related disorders and immunotherapy;
  2. Metabolism, transport and motion / Metabolic disorders;
  3. Cell growth and differentiation / Developmental disorders and malignancies.

It offers a broad and interdisciplinary approach with the opportunity for specialisation in the form of electives and internships, as well as theoretical courses and two research-training periods. Furthermore, you will receive a thorough training in skills, such as academic writing, applying for grants, and the verbal and written presentation of research results.

Study programme

Future career opportunities

There is considerable demand for experts in the molecular biomedical sciences as well as in their application to the development of treatments for diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and metabolic diseases.

Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies. During the programme, you will develop a highly critical, independent approach to problem-solving. You will also acquire the basic management skills needed to lead R&D projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Most of our graduates will enter an international PhD programme to continue with research in academia or industry.

Career prospects


Research within the graduate school is closely linked to the clinic. Researchers involved in the MMD programme aim at translating results from research into molecular life sciences to treatments for patients. Examples include the translation of insights into the biology of antigen-presenting cells into new immunological cancer therapies and understanding the mutations underlying blindness into the development of gene therapies for patients with inherited blindness.

On the news page, you will find recent progress and background information regarding the science performed at the Radboudumc.

Questions about this programme?

Do you have a question about this programme? We're happy to help. Please contact us, ask a student or check out our information activities.


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.