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Gain deep understanding of the fundamentals of life

Seek solutions to fundamental life sciences research questions

As a graduate in the Biomolecular Sciences programme, you’ll be well trained to seek solutions to fundamental life sciences research questions. You’ll have excellent research and scientific writing skills, as well as specialist knowledge in your area of scientific expertise.

The life sciences domain has burgeoned in recent years, so a Master’s degree (in addition to your Bachelor’s) is an absolute must to demonstrate the extensive lab experience and critical-thinking skills that you’ll need to conduct PhD research. To prepare you for a career in the academic or scientific sector, you’ll come up with your own professional development plan and learning portfolio as part of a core course (spanning both years of the programme) on professionalism in biomolecular sciences.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Following a PhD programme

On graduation from the Master’s programme, you could continue your academic career in life sciences research and apply for a PhD position. If you choose to stay on at VU Amsterdam for your PhD, the AIMMS PhD programme will further train you for your future career in academia or at other research institutes. 

Highly motivated and aspiring to a career in research or academia? Consider a postdoctoral research position after completing your PhD. Further study is essential to obtain higher research positions at universities. Roles like university lecturer, senior lecturer or professor, and many jobs in higher-level industry (DSM, Unilever) are held by people with a PhD in molecular biology or biochemistry.

Start working

Alternatively, you could use your skills and expertise in life sciences to work as a specialist in a life sciences or pharmacology company or organisation. You could become a medical product specialist, junior technical scientist, IT specialist and data scientist, or junior researcher at pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology startups. 

Where did our students end up?