Systems Biology

Would you like to learn how scientists can combine mathematics, biology and data science to tackle human health challenges? Then start the master's programme in Systems Biology. 

The field of systems biology is at the heart of modern biology and health research. It is dedicated to understanding the dynamic interactions between all the components of a living system. Just think of the interplay between, for example, our genes, proteins, cells and their environment. Systems biology connects all these factors through modelling, simulating and predicting biological processes in both health and disease - or to personalise medicine.

The MSc Systems Biology provides you with the necessary knowledge about the cornerstones of this field of study: mathematics and biology. You will learn to model biological systems in order to understand their functions, predict their behaviour and plan new, valuable experiments.

Cutting-edge research in molecular imaging, neurobiology, cardiovascular diseases or cancer cannot be done without the aid of systems biologists. The MSc Systems Biology will fully prepare you to take on your expert role in these exciting and important sectors, driving advances in human biology and health. Our mission is to train interdisciplinary scientists who have a broad view of biological systems, with a focus on one of Maastricht University’s research strengths: biomedical and human healthcare applications. The demand for systems biologists is only growing. Interested? Find out more here.

Sebastián Ruano Ayala, student ambassador Systems Biology

Student ambassadors offer you a glimpse into their everyday life as students, from attending classes and working on exciting projects to enjoying campus life. This gives you a sense of what it's like to be a student in this programme.

Do you have a question about Systems Biology? Send Sebastián a DM!

Study information events

Are you a prospective master's student? Then we are here to help! We understand that finding the right master's programme is important. That’s why we offer you several resources that will give you a feel of what it is like to study Systems Biology.

Visit this page to see our study information events

Meet Systems Biology

Meet our students and staff online or during one of our events and find out what it’s like to study in the MSc Systems Biology programme at UM.

Meet our students and staff

Meet our professors

Get to know all about Systems Biology and life in Maastricht. Follow our students on Facebook and Instagram to get all the inside information you are looking for and don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Follow on Instagram

System Biology - Programme presentation 2022

Compare the FSE master’s programmes: Biobased Materials - Imaging Engineering - Systems Biology

Are you unsure about which master's degree suits you best? Click here to open a useful comparison tool that helps you to compare the master’s programmes Biobased Materials, Systems Biology and Imaging Engineering in terms of content and career prospects.

  • The Systems Biology master’s programme is the perfect combination of the research fields I am interested in (Biology, Math, and Computer Science), and its curriculum offers a wide variety of subjects to learn the foundations of Systems Biology.
    Sebastián Ayala Ruano (Ecuador), Systems Biology
  • To me, Problem-Based Learning is about learning and understanding problems together with your classmates, while having guidance from your teachers. This forced me to think more about course materials allowing me to understand better.
    Thijs Van Loo (Netherlands), Systems Biology
  • Throughout my bachelor’s Biomedical Sciences in Maastricht, I developed a strong interest in the intersection of biomedical science and mathematics, hence Systems Biology was the perfect choice to challenge myself within both domains.
    Liam Glueck (Ireland) Systems Biology
  • I chose Systems Biology as it combined my interests – biology and computer science and therefore, Systems Biology seemed like the best of both worlds.
    Iga Skorupska (Poland) Systems Biology
  • Coming from a large city, Barcelona, it was quite a big change when I first came to Maastricht. However, since it is a student city, there is always something to do. Especially during the warmer months, there are loads of events, concerts, activities.
    Paula Casademunt Porte (Spain), Systems Biology
  • I chose the Systems Biology master at Maastricht University because of the application of systems biology approaches especially for human health.
    Rosan Olsman (The Netherlands), Systems Biology
  • Learning with others is a beautiful experience
    Caroline Collins (Scotland), Systems Biology