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Radboud University offers a multidisciplinary program Molecular Sciences. As a Molecular Sciences student in Nijmegen, you will dive into all aspects of the synthesis and functioning of molecules; from solid state molecular chemistry to spectroscopy and to the chemical biology that lies at the basis of health and disease. This Master’s programme combines theoretical courses with extensive research internships in a multidisciplinary environment.

Master's specialisation: Chemistry of Life In this specialisation, you will focus on complex molecular systems in a biological context. You will learn how cells work from a chemist’s perspective and become an expert in the chemistry of all biologically relevant molecules. Next, you can start to use chemistry to probe and modify cellular function, work on new drug delivery methods, or get hands-on experience with single cell technologies.

Master's specialisation: Medicinal Chemistry In the Master's specialisation Medicinal Chemistry you will deal with the discovery, design, development, targeted delivery, and both pharmacological and analytical characterisation of drug substances.

Master's specialisation: Molecular Chemistry Molecular Chemistry is a creative science, where chemists synthesize molecules with new biological or physical properties to address scientific or societal challenges. Think of new catalytic conversions, lead compounds for future medicines or the next generation of conducting polymers. Working with chemical structures the possibilities are endless: in principle, every molecule can be made. The challenge is to adapt the 3D-structure to the desired properties and design an efficient synthesis method.

Master's specialisation: Physical Chemistry Most chemical research involves synthesis and characterisation of new molecules. Basically, a trial and error approach. This specialisation goes one step further: it aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials. We try to find answers by developing theory and applying physical set-ups for advanced spectroscopic experiments, involving high magnetic fields, free-electron lasers, scanning probe microscopes, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc.

Master's specialisation: Science in Society Science and technology have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. However, experience shows that scientists on the one hand and the general public, government and businesses on the other aren’t always able to clearly understand one another. That is why experts with a background in science and an understanding of social processes are indispensable. This specialisation will equip you with the knowledge, tools and skills to be a professional intermediary between science and society whilst getting a broader societal perspective.

Master's specialisation: Science, Management and Innovation Many organisations struggle with societal challenges such as sustainability, health, energy, and IT security. Addressing these challenges requires knowledge in the field of natural or computer sciences but also from other disciplines, such as policy, management and innovation. Solutions for such challenges require scientists with an analytical background as well as a business and societal understanding. This Master’s specialisation will provide you with expertise in a societal challenge and the ability to speak the language of policy and business.

Location: Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Duration: 2 years

Start month: September

Possible careers: Ability to work as a researcher or manager in the pharmaceutical industry.

Application requirements:

  • Copy of ID card;
  • Completed Bachelor's program in Molecular Life Sciences or in related fields (in the original and translated into English); This degree must have sufficient multidisciplinary base in chemistry and biology, physics and mathematics;
  • Description Of courses
  • Experience in research methodology;
  • Brief description of previous practical laboratory work;
  • Motivation letter (future plans + what research you want to do);
  • Recommendations
  • Website link (link to a website containing more information about the institute, the curriculum and the teachers in English (preferably), French or German)
  • Proof of proficiency in English;
  • IELTS certificate with a minimum of 6 points; TOEFL Internet version at least 80; TOEFL computer version 213; Cambridge Advanced rated "C"

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