Compare the master's - Molecular Life Sciences

The master Molecular Life Sciences grants the possibility to study molecules within the scope of atomic orbitals upto tissue cultures. During this master, the main focus is on gaining multidisciplinary knowledge within the field of medical, biological, physical and chemical research. You can tune the focus of your master programme towards your own main field of interest, by choosing your specialisation and courses. However, all the specialisations are interdisciplinary in nature and consist of a vast amount of practical applications.

Similar study programmes in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there are many studies with similar names and fields of focus as the master Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University & Research. Such as the masters Molecular Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen), Biomolecular Sciences (Free University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen) and Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (Utrecht University). However, in comparison with Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University they contain more biology and focus more on the medial aspect. At Wageningen University you have the opportunity to take a broader approach and focus more on fundamental research.

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Compared to Molecular Life Sciences, the study programmes Biomedical Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, Leiden University, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Free University of Amsterdam, Maastricht University) focus solely on the medical perspective of human biology. This knowledge can be applied in the master Biomedical Engineering (TU Delft, University Twente, TU Eindhoven, University of Groningen). The topics discussed during the study Molecular Life Sciences are on multiple subjects, such as plant mechanisms, medical application, food research and so on. Moreover, the topics discussed are fundamentally researched on a multidisciplinary level using insights from physics, bioinformatics, chemistry and biology.

If you are more interested in the industrial processing from a chemical point of view, Life Science and Technology (TU Delft, Leiden University), Biobased Materials (Maastricht University) and Chemical Engineering (TU Delft, University Twente, TU Eindhoven, University of Groningen) would be more suitable. Preferring a master with its main focus on the chemical or physical  research? Then, studies such as Chemistry (Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam, Free University Amsterdam, University of Groningen) and Applied Physics (TU Delft, University Twente, TU Eindhoven, University of Groningen) would be worth considering.

Similar study programmes at Wageningen University

The master Biotechnology shares the same focus regarding the multidisciplinarity of biology, physics and chemistry on a molecular level. However, Biotechnology focuses mainly on application and bioprocessing, while molecular life scientists focus more on fundamental questions.

A master that also focuses on the molecular aspect of research, is the master Food Technology. This master contains more applied chemistry and less biology. Moreover, the master Molecular Life Sciences has a broader focus than food chemistry alone, which is the case for the master Food Technology.

In the master Bioinformatics, the focus lies on studying the algorithms behind biological processes. This master does not contain as much variety on the different disciplines. Moreover, molecular life sciences offers the possibility to produce the data analysed by hand on laboratory experiments.

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