MSc Programme


The honours programme of the Netherlands Research School of Biological Chemistry is open for talented master's students that will be selected from the bachelor's students at each participating university. The enrolled students will follow one specially selected course at each participating University and will perform on of their research projects (internship) at one of the participating laboratories on a topic in Chemical Biology. Alternatively they can choose to do a research project at a University abroad. A suitable lab will be selected in consultation with the mentor and the NRSCB "executive board". At the end of their master's programme all students are encouraged to write a research proposal in the field of chemical biology. The best four proposals will be awarded a PhD position at one of the participating groups. Current PhD students are encouraged to follow the selected courses. In the summer of 2014 the NRSCB will organise their first summer school where both master's and PhD students will actively participate.

Selection and enrolment

Bachelor's students with a chemistry and/or life sciences background from each of the participating institutions, but also from elsewhere (national and international), can apply to the NRSCB master's programme. Candidates will send in an application form that will be used for a preliminary selection that will be invited for an interview with the programme committee. Criteria for admission are: the average grades of the bachelor's phase, motivation, the ambition to have a scientific career and communication skills. Enrolment is once a year in September at the start of the academic year.


Students graduate with a master's degree from the master's they are enrolled in at their University. After completion they will receive a certificate from NRSCB.

Courses within the MSc programme

The following courses are specifically tailored for the NRSCB master's programme:

Leiden University
Radboud University
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Groningen