Molecular Life Sciences (MML) / MSc


Being a 'University for Life Sciences', Wageningen University is concerned with the improvement of the quality of life. Research and educational programmes aimed at improving the quality of life can be done on different levels of integration, varying from atoms and molecules at the smaller end of the scale, to climatic changes at the other extreme. Chemistry, biology and physics play a key role in many of these research and educational programmes that are further grouped in various University for Life Sciences domains. In some programmes the natural sciences are used in a more applied sense and in others, including Molecular Life Sciences, in a more fundamental sense, i.e. the focus is on molecules and their chemical and physical properties in relation to the context where they occur. The MSc programme Molecular Life Sciences of Wageningen University provides students with a spectrum of professional and personal competencies needed to work under supervision of an academic scientist (PhD Level) in fields related to fundamental molecular aspects of the 'University for Life Sciences' domains. The main goal of the MSc programme Molecular Life Sciences is that it delivers researchers that are well prepared to do an excellent job. The MSc programme Molecular Life Sciences of Wageningen University offers five specializations: A. Biomedical Research, B. Biological Chemistry, C. Physical Biology, D. Physical Chemistry and E. Environmental Chemistry. The programme also provides domain specific knowledge to become a fully licensed secondary school teacher in chemistry. For the latter a supplementary training in pedagogical and didactic aspects of teaching is required, which in part can be achieved in the Educational Variant.
Mission statement 'To develop the potential of students to extend molecular life sciences'.

Learning Outcomes

Main Variant
After successful completion of this MSc programme graduates are expected to be able to:
- apply various advanced research methods in the field of chemistry, physics and / or molecular biology in a research project;
- accomplish tasks that may be part of a research job including determination of project aims, execution of various team functions, defence of points of view and conclusions, assess the contribution of other team members and give feedback in writing and verbally;
- properly function in an academic research setting outside Wageningen University;
- keep up with the scientific literature and utilise new developments in his specialised domain, participate in a research team and discussions, write a scientifically sound report;
- respond to environmental, ethical, societal and global considerations in practicing his profession;
- implement strategies in the field of molecular sciences that are compatible with a sustainable society;
- participate successfully in research under supervision of a PhD-level scientist and to be able to write and carry out a small research plan, to report the results and to evaluate the findings in view of existing literature in his own field of specialisation.

Educational Variant
A graduate of the MSc programme Molecular Life Sciences of Wageningen University in the Educational variant is expected to realise the same learning outcomes as in the Main Variant, with the exception of learning outcome 3. In addition, the graduate is expected to be able to;
- do a reduced educational master to become a fully licensed secondary school teacher in chemistry ('ingedaalde lerarenopleiding.)


- Biomedical Research;
- Biological Chemistry;
- Physical Biology;
- Physical Chemistry;
- Environmental Chemistry

Programme Director

Dr ir P.A. Barneveld
Phone: 0317-(4)84962

Study Adviser(s)

- Dr C.W. Hoogendam (A-K)
Phone: 0317-(4)84426
- Dr ir J. Wellink (L-Z)
Phone: 0317-(4)83266

Programme Committee

Chair: Dr ir P.A. Barneveld
Secretary: Dr ir P.A. Barneveld


Study Association

MSV Alchimica