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Utrecht University, Full Time Masters Degrees in Biological Sciences

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DRUG INNOVATION. A UNIQUE PROGRAMME. The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked this programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands. . Read more

DRUG INNOVATION: A UNIQUE PROGRAMME

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked this programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands. 

Drug Innovation is about:

  • developing new drugs to combat drug-resistant microorganisms
  • using gene or protein technologies to create therapies targeted at individual patients
  • finding a way to imprint the immune system to increase tolerance
  • exploring the relationship between gut microbes and brain disease
  • learning how to use proteomics to study stem cell development
  • reducing the side effects of treatment by finding new ways to deliver drugs directly onto the tumor
  • updating and speeding up the drug regulatory process

The Master’s in Drug Innovation programme focuses on diagnostics and the improvement and management of small molecule and biomolecular drugs. Drug innovation covers many topics such as the development of new vaccines and the study of antibodies, gene therapeutics, and medical nutrition. Once developed, a new drug then needs to go through approval, which raises a whole new set of challenges, for example the establishment of new methods and criteria for evaluating the quality, efficacy, safety, and performance of the drug.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMME

This broad, interdisciplinary programme is open to graduates from a wide range of disciplines such as chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, or medicine.

MANY ELECTIVE COURSES

Our programme offers a diverse suite of elective courses. This means you can concentrate on the topics of most interest to you. You will also take an internship with one of the research teams working on drug innovation at Utrecht University. This work may lead to publication in scientific journals within the field or new drug patents or protocols.

Graduates of this programme may go on to undertake research in drug innovation at universities, in the pharmaceutical or and biotechnology industry or to work in science or healthcare.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE 

Drug Innovation is an interdisciplinary field, which pulls together expertise from chemical, biological and medical sciences. This interdisciplinarity is central to the search for new solutions to currently incurable diseases. You will contribute to this field by undertaking two internships over a total of 15 months and submitting a writing assignment.

AFTER GRADUATION

After graduation, you will have the skills needed to translate a drug-related problem into a relevant research question and will also be able to design and perform the research needed to solve this question. Finally, you will also be able to critically reflect on your own research and report on it, both verbally and in writing. These skills are highly transferable and will enable you to work independently within a competitive labour market.



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EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF BASIC AND CLINICAL RESEARCH. The. Biology of Disease . programme is an interdisciplinary programme that positions you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science, in particular in the cardiovascular research field. Read more

EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF BASIC AND CLINICAL RESEARCH

The Biology of Disease programme is an interdisciplinary programme that positions you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science, in particular in the cardiovascular research field. In this programme, you study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense, and learn to conduct (cardiovascular) disease-related translational research in cooperation with clinical and pre-clinical staff.

Cardiovascular diseases are the primary focus in this programme. For this, the Cardiovascular Track has been designed. In addition, this Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to focus on more than one clinical speciality , enabling you to conduct research projects on different subjects and diseases while gaining experience in multiple labs. On completing the Biology of Disease programme, you are able to use advanced research techniques and function as an independent researcher in the cardiovascular field, or in your chosen specialty.

In the Biology of Disease programme you learn to translate a (cardiovascular) disease into a scientifically sound experiment or model or the other way around. Hereby, you study the underlying mechanism of the disease to expand the knowledge concerning the disease or to build bridges towards therapeutic leads. Research questions may relate to all organisational levels of the body.

WHY STUDY BIOLOGY OF DISEASE AT UTRECHT UNIVERSITY?

Compared to other Master’s programmes in (cardiovascular) disease mechanisms in the Netherlands, our programme in Utrecht:

  • Allows you to become an expert in the cardiovascular research field.
  • Gives you the opportunity to compose a personalised programme of multiple clinical specialties within disease biology.
  • Offers you the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups and encourages you to do your minor research project abroad to gain additional skills and an international perspective on your chosen specialisation.
  • Has a solid mentoring system: you discuss your study progress with the Programme Coordinator and you work under the supervision of a PhD student or post-doc from amongst our enthusiastic and international staff.

CAREER IN BIOLOGY OF DISEASE

Biology of Disease graduates often work in a clinical/hospital research environment, where questions from the clinic are being translated into model systems to study the underlying cellular or molecular cause of the disease. Communication with doctors or veterinarians is therefore of great importance. Most Biology of Disease graduates find jobs as PhD's in clinical labs, as product managers, or in the R&D department of industries. Others have found a position in the communication and education field, as policy advisor, science journalism, or staff member at HVTO (the national expert organisation Girls/women and Science/Technology).



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CREATING FUNCTIONAL TISSUE MODELS WITH 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES. Biofabrication. Read more

CREATING FUNCTIONAL TISSUE MODELS WITH 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES

Biofabrication is an international, research-driven Master’s programme comprising a first year of coursework and research at Utrecht University / UMC Utrecht, followed by a research project and courses in Australia in the second year, at one of two universities which are at the forefront of 3D printing for medical applications. Upon completion, a double degree can be obtained, both from Utrecht University and the Australian host institution. Alternatively, for students who prefer to stay in Utrecht or to go abroad for a research project at another research institution a single degree from Utrecht University will be issued.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

Biofabrication is a truly multidisciplinary area of research. It requires an understanding of chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, robotics and computer science. In this respect, few researchers entering the biofabrication field have been trained in such a diverse range of subjects. This Master’s programme is the right choice for you, if you’re motivated to become a multidisciplinary researcher. If you are interested to go abroad we offer the opportunity to obtain a double degree in Australia by following courses and a research project in your second year, or to gain an international experience at another international research institution across the globe.

WHY STUDY BIOFABRICATION AT UTRECHT UNIVERSITY?

  • World’s first Master’s programme in Biofabrication, opportunity to obtain an international double degree from Utrecht University & one of the partner institutions in Australia
  • As a student you will have the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups.
  • Utrecht University is a leading institution in the field of Biofabrication and offers a unique combination of studying 3D printing technology with a biomedical approach
  • The Utrecht Biofabrication Facility at the Uithof gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with innovative science and technology and to collaborate with the scientists associated with it, both from the various departments in Utrecht as well as international researchers.
  • The Biofabrication programme provides ample opportunity to customise your curriculum to maximally benefit from the multiple educational options in Utrecht and Australia.

Biofabrication combines advanced fabrication techniques with biological systems to prepare designed tissue constructs. These can be applied for tissue engineering, as 3D in vitro biologic models or as medical therapeutic products. The Biofabrication programme will equip you with a toolbox to innovate within this multidisciplinary field. We will provide a thorough understanding as well as operational experience of processes such as 3D bioprinting and other fabrication technologies, biomaterials, 3D cell culturing, computer models and imaging.

Our course content will instruct you to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge from biofabrication technology to (re)generating various tissues;
  • Design, plan, conduct, and communicate scientific research;
  • Write a compelling research proposal;
  • Critically evaluate literature and presentations;
  • Function effectively in multidisciplinary, international groups.

CAREER IN BIOFABRICATION

As a graduate you will have a strong research background in Biofabrication and a broad basic knowledge of the field, which enables you to pursue a career in academic (PhD) or in industrial/commercial directions, including R&D, sales, consultancy. Your considerable research experience abroad and the obtained double degree will make you an attractive candidate for any Biofabrication-related position in the world.



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Cell-to-cell signalling in development and disease. Do you have a clear and specific interest in cancer, stem cells or developmental biology? Our Master’s programme. Read more

Cell-to-cell signalling in development and disease

Do you have a clear and specific interest in cancer, stem cells or developmental biology? Our Master’s programme Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology combines research in three areas: oncology, molecular developmental biology and genetics. The focus is on molecular and cellular aspects of development and disease, utilising different model systems (mice, zebrafish, C. elegans, organoids and cell lines). The programme will guide you through the mysteries of embryonic growth, stem cells, signalling, gene regulation, evolution, and development as they relate to health and disease.

The right choice for you?

Given that fundamental developmental processes are so often impacted by disease, an understanding of these processes is vital to the better understanding of disease treatment and prevention. Adult physiology is regulated by developmental genes and mechanisms which, if deregulated, may result in pathological conditions. If you have a specific interest in cancer, stem cells or developmental biology, this Master’s programme is the right choice for you. Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology offers you international, high ranked research training and education that builds on novel methodology in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics technology applied to biomedical and developmental systems and processes.

What you’ll learn

In the Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology programme you will learn to focus on understanding processes underlying cancer and developmental biology using techniques and applications of post-genomic research, including microarray analysis, next generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and advanced microscopy techniques. You explore research questions concerning embryonic growth, stem cells, signaling pathways, gene regulation, evolution and development in relation to health and disease using various model systems. As a Master’s student you will take theory courses and seminars, as well as master classes led by renowned specialists in the field. The courses are interactive, and challenge you to further improve your writing and presenting skills.

Why study Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at Utrecht University?

Compared to most other Master’s programmes in cancer and stem cell biology in the Netherlands, in Utrecht we offer:

  • Strong focus on fundamental molecular aspects of disease related questions, particularly questions related to cancer and the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine
  • A unique emphasis on Developmental Biology, a process with many connections to cancer
  • The opportunity to carry out two extensive research projects at renowned research groups
  • An intensive collaboration with national and international research institutes, allowing you to do your internship at prestigious partner institutions all around the world

Career in Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology

As a MSc graduate trained in both fundamental and disease-oriented aspects of biomedical genetics you are in great demand. You’ll be prepared for PhD study in one of the participating or associated groups. Alternatively, leaving after obtaining your MSc degree you will profit from a solid education in molecular genetics, in addition to your specialised knowledge of developmental biology. You’ll find your way to biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry or education.



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MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HEALTH CARE. Do you see yourself in a future career as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher? Working for academia, (non)governmental public health organisations or human or veterinary medicine or industry?. Read more

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HEALTH CARE

Do you see yourself in a future career as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher? Working for academia, (non)governmental public health organisations or human or veterinary medicine or industry?

This Master’s programme is an excellent opportunity for you if you have a strong interest in applied medical or biomedical research, as well as human or veterinary medicine. In the Epidemiology programme you will examine the distribution and determinants of health and morbidity in specific populations. With evidence-based medicine setting new standards, specialists are needed for the design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of epidemiological and health research. This scientific discipline is increasingly in demand in clinical research, industry and policymaking.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

In the Epidemiology programme you will learn to operate as an epidemiologist and clinical researcher. You can choose your specialization such as Clinical Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Medical Statistics, Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology or Veterinary Epidemiology. During the programme, you will explore the field of epidemiology through six months of intensive coursework. This includes basic epidemiological and statistical courses as well as advanced courses in your chosen specialization. You will also have the opportunity to enhance and broaden your knowledge through additional topic-specific courses, such as Genetic Epidemiology and Cardiovascular Epidemiology.

Compared to most other Master’s programmes in Epidemiology in the Netherlands, in Utrecht we offer a true research Master's, preparing you for a career in research. Our practical approach of epidemiological research design, starting from the clinical question instead of a theoretical approach is unique in the Netherlands as well as internationally. You’ll be studying and working at the Utrecht University, the UMC Utrecht and the Julius Center, which is one of the most prestigious institutions world-wide in the field of clinical epidemiology and unique in its diversity. Epidemiology has intensive collaboration with research institutes throughout the world, allowing you to do your internship abroad. The Master’s programme in Epidemiology is also offered on postgraduate level. This postgraduate programme in Epidemiology is offered face-to-face and online so students, in various stages of their careers, can opt for a suitable study programme.

CAREER IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

Epidemiological research is increasingly asked for in clinical research, industry and policymaking, due to major changes in public health, health care systems, global demographic and economic trends.

The Epidemiology Master’s programme prepares students for a subsequent PhD programme or for a career as epidemiologist in settings such as academia, (non)governmental public health organisations, human or veterinary medicine or industry, including pharmaceuticals.



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SOLVE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE. We need well-trained and creative minds to help us solve public health problems of the future. Read more

SOLVE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS OF THE FUTURE

We need well-trained and creative minds to help us solve public health problems of the future. Do you see yourself tackling the increasing incidences of allergies and autoimmune disease, working on emerging infections such as Ebola and MRSA? 

This Master’s programme gives you the knowledge and research expertise needed to solve the public health problems of the future. Emerging infectious are a threat to human and animal well-being and an increasing number of allergies and chronic inflammatory diseases have a major impact on individuals and society as a whole. Knowledge of the immune system provides us with potential health care solutions for cancer, transplantation and downregulation of a hyperactive immune system as for example in rheumatoid arthritis. By training students in the field of Infection and Immunity, this programme contributes to accumulation of knowledge that is directly or indirectly leading to faster diagnosis of diseases and better treatment options.

This Master’s programme will give you a firm foundation in the field of infection and immunity and covers a variety of topics such as fundamental and clinical immunology, vaccines, immunotherapy, mechanisms of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology of infections, virulence factors of microorganisms, and resistance to treatment.

WHY STUDY INFECTION AND IMMUNITY AT UTRECHT UNIVERSITY?

Infection, immunity, and the role of microflora in human and animal welfare is one of Utrecht University’s core research areas and the Graduate School of Life Sciences is home to a large number of world-leading research groups working in this field. Utrecht’s life science campus comprises over 50 Infection and Immunity groups in the field of human and animal health covering the whole range from molecular biology to population level. This two-year research Master's offers an unique combination of studying Immunology and infectious diseases in one comprehensive Master’s programme including extensive training in laboratory research skills. As a student you will have the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups.

Infection and Immunity has intensive collaboration with international research institutes, allowing students to do their minor internship abroad at prestigious partner universities all around the world.

COURSE CONTENT

As a Master’s student of Infection and Immunity, you will take theory courses and seminars, as well as master classes led by specialists in the field. You will study molecular, cellular, and clinical aspects of pathogens and immune responses. During your six to nine month internships you work in a lively research environment during which you will gain hands-on experience of biomedical research in Infection and Immunity. We believe that understanding both pathogens and host reactions provides deeper insight into the mechanisms of illness, so you will complete internships in both infection and immunity.

The annual scientific symposium is a particular highlight. This symposium is organised by Master’s students and features talks by international experts and poster presentations by second year Master’s Infection and Immunity students on their own areas of research.

CAREER IN INFECTION AND IMMUNITY

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to undertake research that will help prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases and immune disorders. The majority of our alumni continues their career as a PhD-student in the field.



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EXPLORE LIFE FROM GENES TO ECOSYSTEMS. Plants, animals, and microbes all play a key role in the sustainability of life on Earth. The Master's programme in . Read more

EXPLORE LIFE FROM GENES TO ECOSYSTEMS

Plants, animals, and microbes all play a key role in the sustainability of life on Earth. The Master's programme in Environmental Biology offers you the opportunity to explore different organisational levels of life – from genes, cells, and organisms to populations and entire ecosystems. 

In this programme, you will study the fundamental life processes of plants and microbes. The interdisciplinary course content also offers you the chance to examine animal behaviour from an ecological and evolutionary perspective.

TRACKS

Within the Environmental Biology Master, you can select a specialised track from the following: 

  • Plant Biology
  • Fungal Biology
  • Ecology and Natural Resource Management
  • Biomarine Sciences & Palaeoecology
  • Behavioural Ecology

TAILOR-MADE STUDY PLAN

Alternatively, you can develop an individualised curriculum suited to your unique interests. We offer you considerable flexibility in choosing specific subfields or topics within Environmental Biology.



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STUDY MOLECULES TO SOLVE BIG ISSUES. The Master in. Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences. Read more

STUDY MOLECULES TO SOLVE BIG ISSUES

The Master in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (MCLS) is research oriented and takes a multidisciplinary approach to study related to health and disease in cells and organisms. By the end of the programme you will gain sufficient fundamental knowledge to start working on applications in the field of medical and biotechnological issues. These applications may include the development of new medicines and vaccines, new strategies for crop improvement, or the development of enzymes to be used in industry. 

MCLS is the ideal Master’s programme if you are interested in molecules as the basis of life and disease and if you want to know how chemistry, biology, biomedical sciences, and physics contribute to our understanding of how these molecules work. The interplay of molecules in cells and organisms is the central focus of the programme. 

The Dutch Master's Selection Guide (Keuzegids Masters 2017) ranked this programme as the best in the field of Chemistry in the Netherlands.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE 

You will develop extensive knowledge about cellular processes such as cellular signaling, membrane biogenesis and intracellular transport. You will also learn skills and methods to study the molecules involved in these processes by using biochemistry, structural biology, cell biology, biophysics, computational biology, proteomics and genomics. The programme offers you the flexibility to choose any specialisation within the field of molecular and cellular life sciences.

Tracks

Within this Master’s programme you can choose one of four tracks:

  • Genes to Organisms
  • Molecules and Cells
  • Biophysics and Molecular imaging
  • Computational Biology


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Become a Sustainability Change Agent. Sustainable Business and Innovation. focuses on sustainability business challenges and technological and non-technological options that can be used to innovate in a sustainable way. Read more

Become a Sustainability Change Agent

Sustainable Business and Innovation focuses on sustainability business challenges and technological and non-technological options that can be used to innovate in a sustainable way.

As part of this two-year Master's programme in Sustainable Business and Innovation, students learn about sustainability challenges and the technological and other options that businesses can use to work in a more environmentally and socially friendly manner. By reviewing the academic literature and theory, real-life examples, and business case studies, students acquire insight into the behaviour of organisations, including processes of organisational change and innovation.

Businesses increasingly face significant challenges and opportunities from environmental issues such as climate change, energy, and water and social issues such as labor and human rights, corruption, and transparency. Stakeholders in these businesses – including governments, shareholders, business customers, local communities, consumers, employees, and NGOs – are demanding that companies become more focused on sustainability for themselves and the communities they impact. Graduates from this programme understand how to help business and organisations in their journey toward making societies more sustainable. The course content is framed by life-cycle thinking, systems thinking, and long-term thinking.

The Sustainable Business and Innovation programme closely works with the BISS research group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. The investigations cover a wide range of issues related to sustainable development and innovation.



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LEARNING FROM NATURE. WHERE SCIENCE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY. Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme. Read more

LEARNING FROM NATURE: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY

Bio inspired design and science are used for innovations that support a transition to a sustainable, circular economy. The Master’s programme Bio Inspired Innovation (BII) offers a unique blend of knowledge and skill training that will support the search for and development of circular business-models and bio inspired research & innovations.

SCIENTIST AT THE DESIGN TABLE 

Nature evolves solutions for the societal challenges we face today. Many birds and butterfly species for example, like peacocks, use light-interacting structures to produce colours and patterns. With the discovery of this biotechnology, scientists and engineers have been able to produce colour through structure. BII is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in Science who want to innovate services, products and production systems, and are interested in using bio inspired design and science. You can become the biologist at the design table and facilitate innovations that take their lessons from nature. You will become a professional that contributes to the transition to a circular economy with Bio Inspired Innovations.

INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DESIGN

This Master’s programme builds on the excellent research at the Faculty of Science and links research findings to solve societal and business challenges.

First year

The first year is research based, while the second year focuses on the use of research knowledge in innovation. In the first year you will be part of an advanced research environment linking to your area of expertise (major research project). You learn to set up and execute research and discuss and report its outcomes. Moreover you will start to explore and learn about multi-disciplinary innovation, collaborative business modelling and design. You will attend seminars and workshops, some of which you will organise yourself, that allow you to prepare yourself for the second year.

Second year

In the second year you will get in depth knowledge of Biomimicry and other design and innovation methods through courses and an internship.




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LEARN TO ASSESS AND TREAT COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERS. Are you interested in the relationship between the brain and behaviour? As a neuropsychologist, you will study psychological functions such as perception, memory, language, attention, emotion and motor skills. Read more

LEARN TO ASSESS AND TREAT COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERS

Are you interested in the relationship between the brain and behaviour? As a neuropsychologist, you will study psychological functions such as perception, memory, language, attention, emotion and motor skills.

This includes:

  • how the brain mediates these psychological functions;
  • the consequences of brain damage;
  • how to treat disorders.

Disorders can be caused by a wide range of aetiologies, such as an accident, a stroke, neural degeneration (Alzheimer’s, Wernicke-Korsakov syndrome), or developmental defects (dyslexia, ADHD, autism).

Education driven by research and clinical experience

The lecturers at the Neuropsychology Master’s programme all work in clinical practice and/or conduct state-of-the-art cognitive research at Utrecht University. This integration of science and practice feeds the Master’s programme’s educational activities.

Work in multidisciplinary teams

In this Master’s programme, you will learn how to work together with other behavioural and medical professionals. Our lecturers often have different specialist backgrounds, and you will experience the same multidisciplinary atmosphere in your internship as well.

Limited admission

The Neuropsychology Master’s programme is limited to a maximum of 65 admissions for the academic year. This means that no more than 65 candidates will be permitted to participate.

PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAMME

In the Neuropsychology Master’s programme, you will learn the knowledge and skills needed to assess and treat cognitive disorders resulting from brain dysfunction. You will develop into an academic professional, who can apply the latest scientific models of functions such as perception, memory and attention in clinical practice or to innovate assessment and treatment.



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