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HAN University, MS, Molecular Life Sciences



Study mode Start date Duration Fee international Fee study period Year of study
Full-time Sep years: 2 €7500 Academic year 2018 - 2019

The Masters course in Molecular Life Sciences is tailored to the needs of laboratory technicians: professionals in the dynamic and innovative field of molecular life sciences.

This course will enrich your knowledge in diverse areas: molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, statistics, bioinformatics, immunology and the development of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tests.

You will become increasingly competent in devising experimental and project strategies, writing scientific documents, and organising projects.

Your newly acquired competences will allow you to work more independently on complex tasks and be a more versatile professional in your field. Doors will open for you, either within your organisation or further afield.

This course and your newly gained professional experience will make you the linking pin between technicians and experienced project leaders, between different departments, and between theory and practice. You will learn to balance the interests of various experts and partners involved in your projects.

You will deepen and broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills in the fields of scientific research and project management. Your knowledge of quality control, guidelines and regulations, patents, bioinformatics, statistics, finance and business development will help you communicate with experts in these areas.

Career prospects

After graduating, you will be able to plan and carry out a project in applied research and product development in different biotechnology fields. You will have a profound knowledge of the molecular and cell biology of prokaryotic and several eukaryotic organisms, and will be qualified to complete projects in different areas of biotechnology. In addition to your scientific knowledge and skills, you will have the project management skills to oversee the organisational and interpersonal aspects of your project.

HAN graduates work in a variety of roles in the dynamic biotechnology sector. You will be prepared to work as a junior project leader or lab manager, or in other positions that provide valuable support to experienced project leaders.  

Companies of all sizes want to recruit HAN graduates. They generally focus on pharmaceuticals, personal health care, diagnostics and the food and feed industry. Possible future employers include companies like: 

  • DSM
  • Crucell
  • MSD
  • Roche
  • Novartis
  • Milteniy Biotech
  • Synthon BV

HAN graduates also work as researchers in universities, hospitals and private research institutes. These include:

  • The National Institute for Public Health (RIVM)
  • Max Planck Institutes
  • Universities and university medical centres around the world 


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HAN University of Applied Sciences has two campuses, located in Arnhem and Nijmegen.

Nijmegen is situated on the banks of the river Waal, in the east of The Netherlands, near to the German border, and is the oldest city in Holland - recently celebrating its 2,000th anniversary.

Arnhem, the capital of the province of Gelderland, is only 15km from Nijmegen and lies partially in the hills at the edge of National Park De Veluwe, a striking area of woods and heath. Arnhem is a ‘green’ city, where people take pleasure in living, working and recreation.