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Subject : Molecular Science (MSc)

Course Duration: 2 years
Course Period : September 2006 - July 2008
Tuition Fee : € 13,820 (composite fee) + € 1,815 (research fee)
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands

The Molecular Sciences programme focuses on molecules and their properties. It is an inter disciplinary programme that combines chemistry (organic and physical), physics and biology. It seeks to discover relationships between the physical and chemical properties of molecules, particularly the role of complex molecules in living systems. In organic chemistry, the analysis of natural compounds and their synthesis forms the basis for studies of reaction mechanisms and the production of interesting compounds. Physical chemistry studies the adsorption of molecules at interfaces and their effects on properties of materials. In biochemistry, enzyme mechanisms in living matter are studied with the aim of understanding and modifying the prop erties of enzymes. In physics and biophysics, spectroscopic techniques allow the researcher to study interactions between atoms, nuclei and electrons inside molecules and biomolecules. Plant physiology focuses on plant growth and development with special emphasis on the transformation of light into chemical energy. Biology in this programme focuses on topics such as extremophilic bacteria, structure-function relations in plants and microorganisms and genomics.

The programme is tailor-made and thesis-oriented. The thesis is related to one of the specialisations and is the culmination of the study. Students can major in fields such as biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, organic chemistry, physical and colloid chemistry or plant physiology.

There are four specialisations:

  • Biological chemistry, combining principles of chemistry and biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, genetics and bioinformatics, this specialisation prepares the student to contribute new insights to the life sciences in areas such as the molecular regulation of growth and development, enzymology or the transfer of genetic traits.
  • Physical biology, learn to view biomolecules from a physical point of view and use techniques in biophysics, physical chemistry, microspectroscopy and magnetic resonance with the aim of contributing to areas such as cell-cell communication, transformation of light into chemical energy and protein interactions.
  • Physical chemistry, uses the most advanced technologies to focus on the chemical and physical properties of molecules and their behaviour in chemical and biochemical processes. The research is used in applications ranging from organic solar energy cells to stabilisation aspects in food technology.
  • Biomedical research, prepares you in an explicit way for a job in medical research institutes, academic hospitals and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Graduates of this programme are equipped with the necessary skills in the natural sciences and are able to use these skills as part of an integrated approach. By combining the power of chemistry, physics and biology, the graduate will be able to make a significant contribution to applications in biotechnology, environmental research, plant and animal sciences, health sciences, medical research, nutrition and other fields.

    Admission Requirements:
    in natural, molecular sciences, or related fields.
    TOEFL Score of 575 or IELTS 6.5