MSc in Biomedical Sciences


Radboud University    Medical Sciences

Full time September MSc 2 years full time
Biological Sciences (4) Engineering (12) Medicine (26)

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Are you passionate about improving the health and well-being of patients? Look no further than our MSc in Biomedical Sciences. This programme offers a broad range of specializations, including molecular medicine, toxicology, epidemiology, immunology, neuroscience, human movement sciences, and health technology assessment. You have the freedom to design your own curriculum based on your interests and career goals. With a strong focus on understanding human health and disease at the molecular, individual, and population levels, you will gain in-depth knowledge in your chosen biomedical science field. Our programme is internationally recognized for its excellence. Join us and pave the way to a successful career in research, pharmaceuticals, or academia.

About the course

Biomedical sciences is a broad programme with specialisations in Epidemiology, Drug Safety & Toxicology, Health Technology Assessment, Clinical Human Movement Sciences, Immunology & Host Defense, Molecular Medicine and Medical Neuroscience. It is also broad in its approach to any one of these areas with the common aim to improve the health and well-being of patients.

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Entry Requirements

A completed Bachelor’s degree from a research university or foreign equivalent in Biomedical Sciences, Medical Biology or a related field. Further requirements include, but are not limited to: basic understanding of human physiology and major pathophysiologic processes of disease, scientific research performance for at least 3 months and experience with problem-based learning at an academic level. An interview may follow before you are admitted to the programme.

In order to take part in this programme, a sufficient level of English proficiency is required. Language proficiency can be proven via certain diplomas, or by successfully completing an accepted language test.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is €2.530,- and is applicable to EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese students who have not yet obtained a Master’s degree in the Netherlands. Our tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students is 18,296 euros.

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Student Profiles

Victória Trindade Pons

Graduated in 2020

About the programme: What is really interesting about the Biomedical Sciences Master's programme is it's flexibility. The students can design their own study plan, which was very new to me, and this involves a lot of freedom but also responsibility. Moreover, the courses are very fast-paced and do not have many contact hours, but to keep up with them, there is a self-study and assignments involved. In general, I have learned to be way more independent and developed time-management skills.

Atmosphere in class: The student-teacher relationship tends to be vertical. There is genuine interest in the learning experience of the students. Students are asked to evaluate each course after the exam and they take really that feedback into consideration, which is really amazing.

Challenges and obstacles: I have never learned so much in such a timeframe, and for that I had to take on much more responsibility to reach my goals both in courses and internships. It is not an easy programme, but students get support from teachers, mentor, study advisors and the International Office when needed. :)

Internship: I have done two research internships during my Master's, one at the Donder's Institute, and the other at the Human Genetics Department of the Radboudumc.

Eleni-Andria Grosu

About the programme: The Biomedical Sciences MSc is very flexible. I love the opportunity of choosing which courses I want to take, when to write my Thesis or when to do my internships. What I find the most challenging still is time management. The study load is fair and the difficulty of the information we receive is in accordance to a masters level of education, as long as you work efficiently and have a very nicely structured schedule. The masters definitely helps me towards being a more organized student and gives me the chance to experience academia through learning and through practicing my skills during internships.

The atmosphere in class: What strikes me still is how every professor or researcher would ask their students to call them by their name. They're always willing to help students that have a hard time during lectures or assignments, and they're once again always friendly.

Challenges and obstacles: There aren't any particular obstacles. Still, the Biomedical Sciences MSc can be challenging at times, mostly when you really need to focus and work efficiently in a short amount of time, but it's what prepares us for being good researchers and medical workers.

Internship: I'm currently doing my internship in the Cell Biology department in the RIMLS. The teams are highly inclusive, comprised of researchers from different specialisations and countries, international and dutch PhDs, masters students and even bachelor students. Everyone's equal and as it stands the employees and the researchers are so enthusiastic to support students in achieving their own personal goals. The research is stat-of-the-art work and eye-opening towards innovative projects.

Plans after receiving a degree: This degree in particular opens a world full of opportunities either in the work field, or in academia. It prepares us for becoming highly trained medical workers in key positions in hospital laboratories and in medical companies. Otherwise, it paves the path towards a PhD and further on a position in the academic field. As I'm approaching the end of the first year of my masters, I'm drawn towards finding a suitable PhD for my interests. Still, to be honest, a job in a hospital like the RadboudUMC would be up there with a PhD, as the hospital is always in close contact with the research institutes.

Aarti Ramchandran

About the programme: The programme is so flexible. The student can tailor it according to his/her own needs. This is what I love about it. It allows me to explore things that have always intrigued me. At first is was a bit difficult to adapt to the Dutch education system. The main focus is on applying the knowledge that the course provides you which is great! But I was not used to their way of answering an application based question in the exam is quite different as compared to where I'm from. So I had to ask around and get feedback in order to improve myself. Once you get a knack of it, everything goes smoothly.

The atmosphere in class: I think it is the perfect atmosphere for a student to grow and explore new things. The students are inspired to 'think out of the box' which is necessary to bring out their creativity when it comes to thinking about new ideas/research proposals. They are also encouraged to satisfy their own curiosity by asking all the questions that comes to their mind. The classes are so much fun and super interactive, which is great, because you do not zone out :P The teachers are down to earth and approachable. They also give the students feedback, which I find very helpful in improving myself.

Challenges and obstacles: I think the most challenging thing was adapting to the new environment. Understanding how the people here think, and what they expect from you.

Internship: I am currently doing an internship at the DCCN.

Plans after receiving a degree: I hope to do a PhD after my masters degree, but haven't figured out the topic yet. I'd say, there is still so much to explore, and this course allows me to do just that! :)

Aprathi Prabhakara

About the programme: The Biomedical Sciences program offered course modules with diverse backgrounds. This gives a chance to explore various fields of research. At the same time, the program provides specific modules if interested in pursuing a particular area of research/ disease. The shift from previous education was the time duration for each module was restricted to 4 weeks. This can be challenging to discrete and focus on the concepts and analytical aspects of the subjects.

The atmosphere in class: The course modules I chose focused on cancer studies and animal model studies mostly. I was exposed to very active and energetic discussions among peers and the lecturer. This helped me address my challenge of focusing on what is essential from the vast source of notes.

Thesis: My thesis is on inducing cell death artificially in-vitro using optogenetics.

Plans after receiving a degree: There will always be a demand for graduates with a life science degree in the job market. I will find a department or a company to gain work experience exploring my research interest before applying for a Ph.D. post.

Scholarships

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Each year, a number of partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

A Radboud Scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to the legal fee (EU/EEA) instead of the institutional fee (non-EU/EEA).

Value of Scholarship(s)

Partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- Have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you already uploaded these documents for the Master’s programme application, you can upload the same documents again for your scholarship application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately €210). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of €1,400. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of €1000. The costs for a visa and residence permit (approximately €207) will also be fully covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme. Costs for insurance are covered by Fulbright.
The grant for a two-year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of €1,400.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€15,400 - € 30,800

Eligibility

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications for 2024-2025 are open and close on Tuesday 10 October 2023 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by 1 January 2024 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.

At the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant, scholarship candidates must be admitted to an English-taught Master's programme at Radboud University and provide a letter of admission. The Radboud University application process opens 1 October 2023. The application results will be made known at the end of March 2024.


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The NL Scholarship (NLS) will always be combined with the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP). This means that students applying for the NLS must also apply for the RSP. You can be awarded both the NLS and RSP, or just the RSP. You cannot be awarded just the NLS. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship.

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once. You will receive this in the first year of your study programme. Please note that this is not a full scholarship. The costs of living and studying in the Netherlands are not covered by the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 5000

Eligibility

-Hold a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
-Obtained a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands.
-Have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master's programme starting 1 September 2024.
-Have applied for the Radboud Scholarship Programme for 2024-2025, starting 1 September 2024.
-Are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application procedure for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a NL Scholarship.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for NLS.

You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,520 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2023-2024) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition and living costs

Eligibility

- Hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- Are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
- Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
-Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

Deadline
You must have submitted your application in the OSIRIS system by 31 January 23:59 CET and have it completed by 14 February 23:59 CET.


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