About the master's Molecular Life Sciences
Learn how to conduct fundamental research of molecules and their interaction with the environment at Wageningen University’s master's Molecular Life Sciences. In this study programme, you will combine knowledge of chemistry with that of biology and the natural sciences. Molecular Life Sciences offers five specialisations: Biological Chemistry, Physical Biology, Physical Chemistry, Biomedical Research and Environmental Chemistry. A lot of attention is given to the development of your research skills during this study programme; a.o. you will conduct research during your graduation thesis and internship. There is a vast array of subjects to choose from like the development of alternative solar cells or dissecting the specific functioning of enzymes. This knowledge of enzymes can in turn be used to specifically develop enzymes for application in medicine.
Compare the master's Molecular Life Sciences with similar study programmes in the Netherlands
Molecular Life Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen). Students following this study programme focus on medical related themes. Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University takes a broader approach and gives you the choice whether or not to study medical oriented themes.
Biomedical Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam and Free University of Amsterdam). These study programmes are medical oriented. Their focus is on application from a biological and human perspective. Molecular Life Sciences takes a more fundamental approach, here you put together pieces of the puzzle.
Biomolecular Sciences (Free University of Amsterdam) and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (University of Groningen). These study programmes offer less subjects in natural sciences and more in biology. A top-down approach is applied with a focus on carrying out a lot of experimentation. Wageningen’s Molecular Life Sciences engages the bottom-up approach (from the base) towards application.
Differences between the master's Molecular Life Sciences and similar study programmes at Wageningen University
The master's Biotechnology shares many of the same facets with the Molecular Life Sciences study programme in the area of cellular- and molecular biology. Biotechnology, however, focuses mainly on application. Technologists want make things while molecular scientists aim to understand them.
The master's Food Technology contains less of a focus on biology, a different focus on natural sciences and more applied chemistry. Expertise at molecular level is important in both the Food Technology and Molecular Life Sciences study programmes. However, the focus of Molecular Life Sciences is broader than food alone while it is the sole focus of Food Technology.
The master's Environmental Sciences also focuses on the environment as does the specialisation Environmental Chemistry of the Molecular Life Sciences study programme. Environmental Sciences focuses on the environment from a variety of disciplines, however, while Molecular Life Sciences solely focuses on solutions at molecular level.