Radboud University - The obvious choice

Because it involves working at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine, with mathematics and physics as supporting subjects, the Molecular Life Sciences Bachelor's programme at Radboud University gives you a broad view of the discipline. You learn to identify connections, which in turn gives you the broad perspective required to develop innovative solutions that society needs.

Molecular Life Sciences is an exciting area, where new discoveries are continually being made. Radboud University is at the forefront of these developments. For example, Radboud scientists are developing self-healing materials that are constantly able to adapt to their environment, as occurs naturally in the human body. As a graduate, you will soon be part of this vanguard, able to make significant contributions to better healthcare therapies and environmental solutions.

Why study Molecular Life Sciences at Radboud University?

You will receive a sound education, with a unique combination of science and medicine, which has many options to choose from.

  • It is the best Dutch programme of its kind and even belongs to the very best of all Dutch Bachelor’s, according to the Keuzegids Bachelors 2017
  • Compared to other life science programmes, this Bachelor’s offers a strong chemical basis: you’ll not only know how a molecule behaves in a cell, but you’ll also understand why it behaves like that
  • You can perform research at the internationally renowned institutes Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences and Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
  • With the minor programme and a wide variety of elective courses, you can fit the programme exactly to your personal interests
  • You will receive excellent supervision by a student advisor and a mentor
  • The lab courses and internship(s) provide you with an extensive research experience
  • You will have personal contact with your lecturers, who are very approachable
  • The set-up of this Bachelor’s allows you to switch to Chemistry or Science within the first year, without any delay.

Degree programme in Molecular Life Sciences

Each academic year is divided into four ten-week quarters. You will have eight weeks of classes, followed by two weeks of exams, which ensures that the study load is evenly distributed across the year. As a Molecular Life Sciences student, you have a full-time study week of 40 hours, in which you will experience different modes of instruction.

Most courses involve both lectures and seminars, which account for about 40 % of your study time. Seminars involve about 20 students. You also spend about one-third of your time on practicals, which includes computer practicals. Practicals are done individually, in pairs or in a group as part of a project, which helps you to get to know your fellow students. The practicals are linked to the subject matter in the lectures. You are also expected to spend about a quarter of your study week on independent study.

Studying alongside Science and Chemistry students

The Chemistry, Science and Molecular Life Sciences programmes are closely aligned and have been brought together in a single cluster. During the first three quarters of the academic year you take courses alongside Chemistry and Science students.

Not only do you get to meet a variety of other students, this also means you can easily switch from Molecular Life Sciences to the Chemistry or Science programme during your first year or once you have successfully completed it. You don’t lose any time and this is a useful option if you are not yet sure which programme you want to take. For international students it's only possible to switch from Molecular Life Sciences to Chemistry.

Admission Requirements

If you have completed, or will complete a study programme abroad, your previous education will be assessed by the Admissions Officer of the Faculty of Science to determine whether it is of sufficient level. If the level is sufficient, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply (such as taking an English or Mathematics test). For accepted English tests, please see below. For Mathematics tests: we accept the Mathematics B tests from the CCVX and Boswell-Bèta. If you have any questions whether you qualify for admission, please send an email to: admissions@science.ru.nl

Should you obtain a German diploma, one from the UK or USA, an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate, please download the diploma-specific admission requirements (pdf, 122 kB) to check whether you can be admitted directly or have to take an additional test.

Language Requirements

You should have sufficient proficiency in English. This requirement is fulfilled when you meet one of the following conditions:

  • obtained a Dutch VWO diploma;
  • obtained a German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, and English has a minimum grade 08 as a final year subject (either “geprüft” or “ungeprüft”)
  • obtained an International Baccalaureate diploma;
  • obtained a European Baccalaureate diploma, in which the course English Language 2 or 1 has been taken;
  • obtained GCE A-levels from AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC or CCEA in the UK or outside the UK
  • obtained an American High School Diploma in the US or outside the US
  • obtained a diploma in which English has been part of the final examinations from European countries mentioned in the list of diplomas
  • obtained a diploma equivalent to or higher than the Dutch VWO level by completing education at an institution in one of the member states of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States of America, where the language of instruction is English; you are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the US.

If you do not meet one of the above conditions, then you must satisfy one the following conditions:

  • obtain an IELTS Academic certificate with a result of at least 6.5 on the overall band and scores of at least 6.0 on all four sub-bands
  • obtain a TOEFL iBT certificate with a total score of at least 90 and scores of at least 20 on all four parts
  • obtain a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a mark of at least C
  • obtain a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a mark of at least C

Additional requirements:

  • Chemistry is required on advanced level, taken as part of the final examination.
  • At least two out of the following three subjects: Mathematics/Physics/Biology on advanced level, taken as part of the final examinations.

All applications are to be approved by the Examination Board. In special circumstances,the Examination Board may deviate from the requirements as mentioned above. Check our website for full details.

Want to know more?

Would you like to learn more about this programme and Radboud University? Join us for our Bachelor's Open Day on 30 March 2019! To learn more and register for this exciting event, visit www.ru.nl/bachelors/openday.

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Last updated October 19, 2018
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€2,083 per year - EEA students; €11,471 per year - non-EEA students
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