University of Groningen/University Medical Centre

For the Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme in South Africa, the University Medical Centre of the University of Groningen offers Orange Tulip Scholarships for qualified candidates in its research Master's Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment, and Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology.

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The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the Northern Netherlands. More than 10,000 employees provide patient care, are involved in medical education and perform cutting-edge scientific research, focused on ‘healthy and active ageing’. 
Research and education at the UMCG are funded through the University of Groningen. More than 3,400 students of the University of Groningen study at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, while more than 340 physicians are doing their specialty training at the state of the art facilities of the UMCG.

Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment (MMIT)

  • Are you interested in pathophysiology of diseases and development of new therapies and drugs? Do you want to study the development and selection of drugs and how they work?
  • Molecular and Medicine and Innovative Treatment is a selective 2 year master's programme that prepares you for a career in (bio)medical research as a leading scientist.
  • MMIT offers small-group interactive teaching in an international and multidisciplinary environment. You will be challenged with exciting cutting-edge research and theories. 
  • MMIT will train you to become a highly qualified (bio) medical researcher. 
  • As a student you can focus on your interests and aspirations by participating one of following tracks after the first semester: 1) Oncology, 2) Neuroscience, 3) Infection and immunity, 4) Nutrition and Metabolism, 5) Drug innovation 6) Systems Medicine
  • You will learn how to creatively apply knowledge and become a critical and analytical scientist. 
  • Situated in the University Medical Center Groningen, MMIT is unique in the sense that the programme offers a direct interplay between medical and pharmaceutical research.

Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology 

  • Can mindfulness support people in dealing with chronic disease? What is the relative relationship between depressive symptoms and cardiovascular diseases, how do people survive having survived cancer?
  • Clinical and Psychological Epidemiology is a selective two-year research master that focuses on these questions.
  • Students conduct research in the fields of public health, health psychology, epidemiology, and psychiatry. You will study the reciprocal relationship between the psychological and physical health of adults and children. 
  • The central idea is that psychological, biological and social aspects all play a role in any physical condition. You will be encouraged to engage in research throughout the programme where a strong focus lies on the prevention, diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment of somatic and mental health problems. 
  • CPE also offers the track Health Systems and Prevention. HSP Track students follow the basic CPE programme, but with a focus on health systems and prevention. The track combines cutting-edge research with practical policy questions to develop evidence-based prevention policies through translational and interdisciplinary research. A non-academic internship is part of this track.
  • Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology is situated in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), which means that you can benefit from a unique and interesting clinical setting. 
  • Classes are tough in small groups by leading scientists. You will have the opportunity to choose additional courses to suit your particular interests. 
  • Your individual development as a researcher is central to the programme. You will be conducting research side by side with scientists who are leading experts in their field. 
  • Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology was rated first in its category in the Dutch Higher Education Guide 2017 and 2019!

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Benefits: 100% (full tuition fee)  
2 scholarships will be offered:

  1. Tuition fee scholarship which means that the full tuition fee for two study years will be paid.
  2. Tuition fee scholarship which means that the full tuition fee for two years will be paid, students will receive expenses for living costs for about € 400 in total per month, for in total 24 months.


Eligible programme: Masters

  • Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment
  • Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology
  • Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology – track Health Systems and Prevention


Duration of the scholarship: Entire duration of the study programme

Admission requirements 

  • Bachelors' degree
  • English: TOEFL 92 (iBT), IELTS 6.5
  • Work experience is not required.
  • A skype interview may be part of the admissions process.
  • Additional requirements on the programme website.
  • Application deadline: for non-EU students the application deadline is 1 March 2020.

Additional information

Skype interviews may be part of the admission process.

We additionally offer students the opportunity to visit the UMCG for one month with a partial scholarship (Research Voucher) in our Abel Tasman Talent Programme:  

This allows you to get some hands-on experience at a department of your choice. A perfect way to find out whether Groningen is the place for you to start your career in research. 

Student Contact Information

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