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MSc in Medical Biology

Radboud University Masters Programmes

Full time September MSc Full-time: 2 years

About the course

Passion for the human system

Is your passion linked to the human system? Are you interested in the workings of the brain, or would you be the one that bridges the different understandings of fundamental biological processes and health & disease in humans? Your choice might be Medical Biology!

Where studying Biology starts with a fascination for life, Medical Biology shares this trait and specifies it towards the human system. The Master's in Medical Biology in Nijmegen focuses strongly on molecular and cellular life processes at the cutting edge of fundamental biology and medical scientific research.

Our programme is unique because it is a combination of fundamental research and the translation of its findings into clinical applications. This is facilitated by our close cooperation with the

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Entry Requirements

1.A completed Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or related area.
2.A proficiency in English (Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following):
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

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€2,143 (from EEA countries); €12,645 (from non-EEA countries)

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Franziska Wienholz

1637.jpg I decided to get a Master's degree here after finishing the two-month internship in my Bachelor's programme (I felt this was too short to do proper research and to really get used to lab work). Medical Biology allows students to do extensive research and it also gives us a lot of freedom. For example, I can specialise in interesting topics, but also get a broad view of the field. So I chose courses that appeal to me and give me the specific knowledge I need for my internships.

Right now, I'm doing an internship at "Biochemistry of Integrated Systems" at the Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences. For the last six months I've been working on T-cell signalling. To detect the protein of interest, I attached a fluorescent protein and analyzed its localization in human cells using confocal laser scanning microscopy. With this research I hope to contribute to a better understanding of the role of this protein in immunological responses in humans. I really enjoy the first-class, high-quality equipment and facilities I use in the lab, as well as the stimulating working environment.

As I would like to do a PhD when I complete my Master's programme, I like the idea that we are already being prepared for lab work and doing research in two internships. Another reason for choosing this programme was the possibility to study abroad without losing time. For my second internship I will do research for six months at a leading pharma company in the UK and after that I will do a course for 15 ECs at an university in Sweden to complete the programme.

While planning for these experiences abroad I received guidance from my study advisor and professors, who helped establish contacts and make preparations. The excellent supervision I receive allows me to create a programme that completely lives up to my expectations.

Basak Alkan

I am a second year Master’s student in Medical Biology at Radboud University. After my bachelor education I chose to do the Master’s in Medical Biology because it allows me to specify my knowledge in biology towards the human system. I wanted to do my Master’s abroad because it would give me the opportunity to improve myself in my own specialty and it would provide me with a chance to build good career opportunities in the future. I started to search on the internet and tried to contact agencies to provide me with more information about studying abroad and finally I found Radboud University. I chose Radboud University because of the content of the programme and the quality of education. It is a well-known university in the academic world with lots of successful publications of their academic staff.

When I first arrived in The Netherlands it was quite a bit of a culture shock because the environment was completely different than in Turkey. However, I was quickly adapted to classes and Holland, also due to the great support of the university. During the orientation week I discovered much about Holland and made a lot of friends, both international and Dutch.

The Master’s in Medical Biology allows students to specialise in the development of new pre-clinical and clinical medical applications. It also gives an in-depth knowledge of basic cellular functions, transitions systems and human biology. During my study I have learned a lot, not only on a theoretical level but I also gained better understanding of what working in a lab is like, with supervision of teachers. I have finished the Research track and now I have almost finished the Management & Technology (MT) Master’s track. This combined programme allows me to understand concepts and theories from organisation studies and business administration. It also helps me to learn, understand and analyse problems of organisations in an environment affected by science and technology and in this way, I can extend my career opportunities. When I will successfully graduate from this programme, I would like to get a job which is on the crossroads between science and business.

Honestly I can advise everyone to do their Master’s at Radboud University. You will get a great quality education, great supervision and excellent facilities to improve you own personality and above all of there is a real multinational atmosphere here.

Teodora Stella

First time I arrived in Nijmegen, I had no clue about it. In Indonesia I am a general practitioner. After graduating from medical school, I've been working for approximately six months. Then I decided to continue my studies to a higher level. Neurology and Cerebrovascular become a big attraction for me. I always wanted to know more in those areas. My professor suggested me that Radboud University is a great place for research, and it proved to be true. They have so many facilities that give great support on research in the field of science.

Master of Medical Biology Science is my major, now I'm currently in my internship in the Anatomy and Cognitive Neuroscience Department. I like this major where I can manage my own academic schedule, they give freedom to the students. Broadly speaking, Radboud University has many facilities and teachers who have experiences in their field. Radboud also gives facilitation for international students who wish to continue their studies here, as for example I received "Radboud Scholarhip Program" or RSP. With RSP they reduce my tuition cost and they also take care of my visa and insurance they even searched for my accommodation. I can't imagine if I have to deal it myself. Thanks to the International Office and RSP, I do not have to be bothered with all of that. Beside RSP, they have SNUF, it helps student fees for student organizations and travel grants. I received travel grant from SNUF so I can follow a symposium in Barcellona, yes it's Barca!!!

Nijmegen itself as a city for students is very supportive for my learning environment. All that I need is available here from place to study until place to have fun; once in a while I need to have fun of course. I have been travelling to many cities in the Netherlands, my conclusion after comparing those cities is "Altijd Nijmegen", that is the motto of Nijmegen which means forever Nijmegen. Generally here is well-ordered, people are open and friendly, and majority of them speak English especially the students. I met many students from around the world, and Dutch students of course, we shared many stories and experiences.


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