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Biomedical scientists want to minimise the impact of diseases for humans and humankind. Smart, global visionaries are needed who want to solve health care issues in the lab and in the field.
Radboud University aims to educate the best biomedical scientists with not just a thorough understanding of the molecular, individual and population aspects of human health and disease, but also with unique areas of expertise. To do this we have constructed a Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences that gives students the opportunity to construct their own programme based on personal academic and professional interests. Students choose one of three
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1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or related area
2.Your previous education should cover:
a.Basic understanding of human physiology and major pathophysiologic processes of disease
b.Scientific research performance for at least 3 months
c.Experience with problem-based learning at academic level
3.A proficiency in English:
a.A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based)
b.An IELTS score of ≥6.5
c.Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
4.Strong motivation letter
€2,143 (from EEA countries); €12,645 (from non-EEA countries)
Biomedical Science is an interdisciplinary field and hence has a wide variety of sub-fields. This factor has been well taken care of in the programme designed by the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Radboud University. I love the idea of giving freedom to choose your own track with minimal compulsions. There is a huge variety of subjects to choose from, and we can plan and design our track for two years on our own. It has been especially beneficial for me because I wish to work in the pharmaceutical arena in the future as a medicinal biologist. Even though I have an extensive foundation of my biological concepts from my previous Bachelor's studies, I wanted to learn more chemistry and also gain practical experience. This course gave me the independence to reduce my number of theory credits and convert them into internship credits. Also, the program allowed me to do an internship at a chemistry lab in the Faculty of Science, instead of the medical faculty. To sum up I would say, I am 100% happy with my decision to join the program. I had my two most important expectations fulfilled.
The atmosphere within the class is quite warm and comfortable.The teachers give an open space to pursue personal learning goals and also try to make communication a lot easier. Each course that I took till now had at least one working group assignment along with individual assignments. This helped me get to know other students from different background and build the spirit of working in a collective manner. Due to freedom in choosing courses, different courses had different sets of students, which helped even more in knowing more people and working with them.
I am currently doing an internship at the Organic Synthetic Chemistry laboratory. My project deals with synthesizing novel compounds, which are analogs of statins, and thus help in treating high cholesterol. Statins have side effects in few patients. So, scientists are looking for alternatives. I am working on synthesizing few of those alternatives which would later be tested for their biological activity in collaboration with RIMLS.
I would like to do my Ph.D. after I finish my Master's studies to get more exposure to the research arena and increase my experience in this filed.
The Master's in Biomedical sciences is unique as it covers a wide range of biomedical subjects and gives you the chance to choose among more than 70 elective courses to build your studies depending on your very personal interests.
I would describe the atmosphere in class with the following three words: critical thinking, cooperation, innovation. All courses are taught in an international atmosphere with professors that promote critical thinking and creative approaches to up-to date biomedical topics, with the proper infrastructure to pursue high quality research!
I am currently doing an internship in RIMLS in the department of Experimental Rheumatology. The topic is the impact of TGF-b in T cell polarization of patients with systemic sclerosis.
Having a pharmaceutical sciences background, gaining experience on molecular biological techniques was the reason I chose this Master's in order to increase the chances of finding a job within a pharmaceutical company. However, doing a PhD in Radboudumc is definitely in my plans too.
This programme is very flexible. I could just choose what I want. Meanwhile, my mentor also gives me sufficient help and advice when I cannot make up my mind. There are plenty of group assignments to do in almost every course, which is definitely different from my previous education. But I like it a lot because working in a group gives me opportunities to learn from other students and also to learn how to work together.
Dutch students are always very warm-hearted. Every time when I am in the group, they always stick to English so I can join in. Because of the culture, sometimes they could be quite straightforward. But I really like it because it makes us work more efficiently.
The Master's programme gives people more independence to think and work compared to a Bachelor's programme. It is like a buffer for people to enter the society and complete more difficult tasks in their future work. And one more important thing is that the Master's programme goes deeper into one certain field, which allows you to be more specialised in one area and this is very crucial in researching.
Studying my Master’s programme teaches me how to think critically, which is very crucial in researching. I want to apply for a PhD position after I receive my Master's degree. I find a lot of pleasure in research.
One thing that intrigued me about this Biomedical Sciences programme, was the fact that it is not based on a one-size-fits-all approach but that the contents can be designed based on individual preferences. Apart from a few strategic obligatory courses, students are able to design the programme to suit their personal interests through major and minor scientific research projects as well as elective courses. This for me, was a wonderful idea.
The remarkable thing about the programme is that people are trained by a diverse group of experts from academia to industry. This indeed keeps you abreast of current trends in biomedical sciences and harnesses strong personal relationships in both academia and industry.
As part of the major in Toxicology I joined two industrial trips where I gained a real feel of the relevance of the theoretical classroom modules. One interesting thing about the programme is that it doesn’t just build your academic strengths, it also develops your communication skills. Students work in small groups and make oral presentations on relevant scientific themes. For instance, I had to engage in a “pro-con” debate on the withdrawal of a named drug from the market, which was a challenging but important and exciting experience.
Studying at Radboud University has given me a broader perspective on life. The Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences has prepared me well for a scientific research career in the future. To prospective students who are considering a career in Biomedical Sciences, I proudly suggest that Radboud University is the best place you can ever be.
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