MasterMolecular 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.

Keuzegids 2022 masters
Go to

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
I love that MMD covers a wide range of subjects in the biomedical field, but still manages to go in-depth for all of them
Ezra Bekkering Student Master Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Radboud Universiteit) Read Ezra's story
Get acquainted

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.

PhD opportunities

The MSc Molecular Mechanisms of Disease aims to provide all skills and knowledge necessary to rapidly enter an international PhD programme. In the Netherlands and many places in Europe, it is impossible to start a PhD programme directly after obtaining a Bachelor's degree. This research Master’s programme seriously increases your chances for obtaining an excellent PhD training position by giving you a mature perspective and a broad range of experimental approaches. In fact, over 80% of our graduates has started a (funded) PhD project.

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) recruits about fifty PhD students a year. MMD graduates are excellent candidates for these positions. Furthermore, the Radboud university medical centre offers the opportunity for its research-oriented Master's students to write their own research project. The best candidates are awarded a fully funded four-year PhD studentship at the department of their choice.

“I think the Radboud University MMD Master’s programme is the perfect stepping stone for a PhD candidate. The intensive curriculum can be very demanding, but it provides you with all the theoretical background and research techniques you could possibly need. Because of its interdisciplinary design and incorporation within the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences Graduate School, the programme shows how research is translated into daily clinical practice."
Ilse van der Werf, MMD student from the Netherlands

Career Support

The Faculty of Medicine has a Career Service team which offers advice for students on career orientation. The Career Service team help students e.g. by supporting them with the creation of their CV, discuss their future plans and organising workshops and events aimed at career orientation.

Why stop learning after graduation?

In order to keep pace with the rapid progress in our current society, you must continue to work on your development even after getting a degree. This allows you to keep up with societal change and make a worthwhile contribution to both your personal development and to wider society. For any questions regarding this lifelong development, Radboud Academy is pleased to help you. ​So, are you looking to deepen your knowledge after obtaining a Master’s degree? Then a post-master might be something for you. Or do you want to learn to translate your academic skills into an actual job? Then you can participate in our Young Professional Programme after your master's (in Dutch).

After your studies


Our MMD programme is part of the RIMLS Graduate School. The RIMLS is one of the research institutes of the Radboud university medical centre. Their research is closely linked to the clinic and aimed 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 RIMLS news page, you will find recent progress and background information regarding the science performed at RIMLS. 

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.