- Apply nowThe program starts once a year
- 1Sep1 SeptemberSeptember
- More information...Brochure, helpdesk
- Meet usActivities, Student for a day etc.
The Master in Molecular Life Sciences consists of 7 modules. These modules enrich your knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, statistics, bioinformatics and immunology. Also, you learn to plan and execute life sciences projects in various phases of applied research and product development. Parts of the curriculum are carried out at the internship placement.
Molecular Life Sciences in a nutshell
Molecular Life Sciences is a 2-year program in full-time. It consists of 7 modules and includes an extensive internship.
Modules 1-4 cover all the different aspects of applied research and product development in the biotechnology sector. Modules 5-7 focus on research and managing projects. These form part of your internship.
In the first 1.5 years you work as an intern for 3 days a week. Next to that you attend classes 1 day a week (Mondays during working hours) and study 1 day a week by yourself. In the final half year, your internship increases to 5 days a week.
Get an inside view of Molecular Life Sciences: Meet lecturers & students
Get an inside view of the Molecular Life Sciences program at HAN. Become a student for a day, join a sample lecture or meet 1:1 with a lecturer or student online. We are currently offering the following activities:
Research is a key feature of the Molecular Life Sciences program. In fact, one of your modules is entirely devoted to research and R&D skills. Skills that come in handy in your final module, the graduation project. That’s where you plan and execute your very own product development project. The program is also connected to HAN BioCentre. This center provides applied research within the whole biobased innovation chain. From discovery through analysis, to production and application of (new) biomolecules.
Your research skills are complemented by skills in managing projects. You learn to systematically design and plan your project, analyse the risks and get the tools to control the execution of your project. This way, your R&D projects are effective and efficient!
Fine-tune your knowledge
The 1st year of Molecular Life Sciences starts with the fundamentals. So you fine-tune your knowledge of subjects like biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. You also learn all about drug development and the production of biomolecules. At the same time, you work as an intern in an organization of your choice. This working environment allows you to develop your skills in research and managing projects.
Modules in the 1st year
In your 1st year, you complete modules 1 and 2. And you start on modules 3, 5 and 6.
A good match?
Want to discover whether Molecular Life Sciences at HAN is a good match for you? Come and meet us at a HAN Open Day or Open Evening. Not possible? Let's discuss your options during a meeting. We can meet online if that's more convenient for you.
Master your development
The second year
In your 2nd year you continue learning about the production of biomolecules. You also get a broad picture of the development of vaccines and diagnostics. And you continue with your internship and mastering your research and project skills. In the final semester, you embark on your graduation project. That’s where you plan and run a project in applied research or product development.
Master of Science
After 2 years of hard work and study you have your Master of Science in Molecular Life Sciences. An internationally recognized degree as this program is accredited by the NVAO (Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders). Ready to start your career as a linking pin between science and management?
Master of Science
Academic calendar, grading and credits
The academic year runs from September to August and is divided into 2 semesters. In total there are 42 weeks of education.
Dutch grading utilizes a 10-point system. The highest grade is a 10, the lowest a 1. To pass, you need at least a 6. What if you score a 5.5? It’s rounded up to a 6 and is then a passing grade. A grade of 5.4 is rounded down to a 5 and is therefore a fail.
Here’s a basic definition of each grade. Please note: grades of 1, 2, 3 and 10 are rarely given. 9s are also quite rare. So, if you get an 8, you’re doing very well!
- very poor
- very unsatisfactory
- almost satisfactory
- very good
- At HAN we use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS. It’s the standard system used in higher education throughout Europe. One credit is equivalent to approximately 28 hours of study. This includes contact hours and time spent working on assignments and studying for exams. Credits are awarded when you pass your exams.
next page: Careers
Find out about job opportunities for graduates in molecular life sciences. And what do alumni say about this degree and finding work?