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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 specialisations belonging to one of the research institutes and combine that with one of three career profiles.
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
€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,500 (from non-EEA countries)
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
Scope of the programme
Each year 12 full scholarships and about 25 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, joint-degree Master's programmes, and the Master's programme in Theology (3year)).
A full scholarship covers the tuition fee of €16,000/€16,500 and living costs of €10,800 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021/2022).
A partial scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to € 2,168. For example: a grant holder in 2021/2022 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,168, instead of €16,000/€16,500.
Full scholarships (tuition and living) and partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)
You will be eligible to apply for a Radboud Scholarship if you:
- 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
You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme at Radboud University 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 have not already done so for the Master's programme 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.
Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,250. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 192). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.
Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1,250. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 192) will also be covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.
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 € 1,250.
~€25000 per year
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.
For more information please see our website.
Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Brazilians to follow a study programme at Master's level. The scholarship is available for students from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam.
Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,168 in 2021/2022). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.
legal instead of institutional tuition fees
For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.
The application deadline for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes is 1 March. You need to apply for the scholarship via the Nuffic Neso office in your country.
Please note: you must also have completed your application for admission at Radboud University before 1 March 2020.
The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Ares (EEA) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland.
The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University and is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American (USA only), Colombian, Taiwanese and Turkish. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).
The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies and it will be granted once only, even if you are enrolled in a two year programme.
The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.
To be eligible for the Holland Scholarship selection, you
1. are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities (Canadian, American (USA only), Colombian, Taiwanese and Turkish)
2. are due to pay the tuition fee for non-EEA students and are not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
3. don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the Netherlands already
4. meet the specific requirements for admission to the Master’s Programme of your choice and for enrollment at Radboud University.
You apply for the scholarship by indicating during your application for admission for a Master’s programme that you wish to apply for a Holland Scholarship. This means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.
The application deadline for the Holland Scholarship is 1 February 2018. Your application for the scholarship will only be processed if you have completed your application for a Master’s programme before February 1st as well.
You will be informed about the final decision by the International Office with respect to your application for a Holland Scholarship before 15 March 2018.
The Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund is a scholarship for excellent students applying for the Master’s programmes in Biomedical Sciences or Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. The scholarship is highly selective.
The Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund aims to provide very promising students without sufficient financial means the opportunity to complete one of our master’s programme, and possibly enroll in the PhD programme afterwards.
The full scholarships of the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund cover the outstanding tuition fees and living expenses. For 2021/2022 the scholarship amounts to €12,968, assuming the student also receives RSP. The grant comprises of € 2,168 tuition fees (which will be paid directly to Radboud University) and € 10,800 living expenses (which will be paid to the student). For 2022/2023, the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund will be adjusted to meet the requirements set by the Dutch Immigration Office. Please note no extra costs such as flight and travel are covered.
The partial scholarships of the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund consist of € 7,488,- for 2021/2022. This will be paid directly to the university to pay for the tuition fees, and in case (where possible/applicable) combined with Orange Tulip Scholarships (OTS), the outstanding amount will be transferred to the student. For 2022/2023, the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund will be adjusted to meet the requirements set by the Dutch Immigration Office. Please note no extra costs such as flight and travel are covered.
The highly selective Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund is a scholarship for excellent non-EU students applying for the Master’s programmes in Biomedical Sciences or Molecular Mechanisms of Disease.
Each academic year about 3 full scholarships (combined with RSP, this covers tuition fee and living expenses) and 5 partial scholarships (stand alone or combined with e.g. OTS) are offered to our most excellent international applicants. Eligibility for the scholarship depends on the interview results, the results from your previous education, and (if applicable) your work experience. Scholarship candidates usually rank among the best 5% of their class.
For students who wish to apply for the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund, application for the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) and if applicable the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) is mandatory. To apply for the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund and RSP, simply tick the boxes in your Osiris application form when applying for the programme.
It is recommended that students who want to apply for a study fund scholarship also apply for other scholarships as well, such as the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) or local government grants (please visit our scholarship website for more information on other scholarships).
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