Master in Health Sciences

Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSc)

Explore the potential of medical research. In upcoming years, important discoveries will be made in the health sciences. Take part in unearthing these discoveries. 

Get the methodological, theoretical, and statistical foundation you need to design and carry out your own practical research—and publish your results. Work in the stimulating environment of the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES). Attend lectures by prominent scientists. Choose your own speciality, and do cutting-edge research with the support of a personal tutor. Learn state-of-the-art research methods, and how to study the literature on an issue, analyse data, and publish in high-impact journals.

NIHES, at the Erasmus MC, is a  top-ranked institution with a strong international dimension. Let them be your springboard to a career in international research, public health, health policy, health economics, clinical medicine, or pharmaceutical research.

Career opportunities

Students will be prepared for careers in international research or in executive and advisory positions in public health, clinical medicine, drug research and health-policy development.

Education objectives

Once you graduate you will:

  • Have a thorough grounding in the latest methods in scientific research.
  • Be able to formulate a problem, translate it into a scientific question and into a research protocol.
  • Be able to gather and analyse literature, data and to draw conclusions.
  • Be able to set these out in articles you submit to international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Target audience

This Master of Science program at Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam targets ambitious students with a relevant Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in a discipline related to clinical medicine and public health.

Admission criteria

  • You have a Bachelor's degree or a relevant Master's degree from a school of medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine or from a discipline related to clinical medicine and public health (health sciences, nutrition, biology, pharmacy, environmental sciences, social sciences, economics, etc.). Graduates from disciplines like physics, electrical engineering and computer science are eligible as well. Working experience in the medical field as well as a strong interest in medical applications is required.
  • You have relevant research experience and you already authored several scientific publications.
  • You have a good working command of the English language, both oral and written.


When you register, we will ask for your academic credentials: a letter of motivation, CV , grade list, and certificates. The Faculty Board of Examinations will then decide on your admission. Your chosen programme’s homepage will have details on how and when to apply. For additional information please contact the programme’s secretariat.


Please see below for information about the specialisation within this Master Programme. Wether a specialisation is offered full-time or part-time, is indicated accordingly.

Specialisation Full-time Part-time
Clinical Epidemiology Full-time Part-time
Epidemiology Full-time Part-time
Genetic Epidemiology Full-time Part-time
Pharmaco-epidemiology Full-time Part-time
Public Health Full-time Part-time