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Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

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24 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

This Master's programme provides you with insight into the molecular processes underlying health and disease, which form the basis for new therapies of cancer, metabolic and immunological disorders.

All faculty are members of the Nijmegen Centre of Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS), a research institute of the University Medical Centre. Research at the NCMLS focuses on the molecular basis of disease-related processes with a direct translation of results into the clinic. All faculty contribute to courses that directly relate to their own research providing you with cutting-edge knowledge. For your two research internships you can join a laboratory of the NCMLS or in the clinic. Many students go abroad for their second internship, using the international network of the NCMLS researchers. Next to skills directly relating to science, the programme comprises courses on presentation and communication skills. Taken together, the MMD Master's is a perfect preparation for a career in research.

Students are selected based on past performance and a personal interview. Team playing is also a criterion. You will find yourself among a highly dynamic and international group of students. Each student has an NCMLS senior researcher as a personal tutor to provide further guidance in the programme. The start of the programme is September 1st of each year. Individual adjustments are possible.

Molecular Mechanisms of Disease Curriculum

Themes covered are: Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine; Metabolism, Transport and Motion; Cell Growth and Differentiations. Courses: Translational Research; 3 Master classes, excellence in communication, 2 research periods.

Students gain broad international base in fundamental molecular and medical science research and learn how this translates to a clinical setting.

Instruction modes
Fundamental theory lectures, technical discussions, enquiry-based science projects, case studies, research training periods, seminars with international experts.

Sustainable strengthening
Development of cures and prevention (as is addressed in the translational research part of the programme) can be based on the practice as it is in the country where the problems arise. The institute in the NFP country will benefit from the up-to-date knowledge the NFP student has gained. The graduate will in many cases be a lecturer and can set up research programmes locally.

About Radboud University Nijmegen

Radboud University Nijmegen is one of the best performing Dutch universities in the international university rankings. It currently holds 127th place in the Times Higher Education ranking and is ranked 136th in the QS ranking.

Radboud University Nijmegen has seven faculties and enrols over 17,500 students. Its personal style of teaching ensures that there is plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars.

One of the main strengths of education and research at Radboud University Nijmegen is the way it forges cooperative links across disciplinary boundaries and the continuous exchange of ideas with others working in related areas.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

BSc in Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.

Grade average

Top 10-20% of students are selected, based on bachelor's results, motivation, references and interview.

Written request

Complete application form is needed, including references and motivation. Application procedure is described on the website.

Assessment interview

Based on the application form, candidates are invited for an interview with two scientists. The interview is conclusive for admittance to the programme. Application procedure on website.

Knowledge minimum

Top 20% of BSc class.

Grade list

Bachelor's results must be included in the application package

Entry test

Personal interview with two scientists.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 7, TOEFL paper based: 600, TOEFL computer based: 250, TOEFL internet based: 100

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