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MSc in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research)


Radboud University    Medical Sciences

Full time September MSc 2 years full time

About the course

Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases? The internationally acclaimed research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research.

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Entry Requirements

In order to get admission to this Master's you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Medical Biology or a related field, as well as an accepted proof of proficiency in English. Additional requirements may be in place.

Admission to the programme is dependent on this interview and the final overall judgement of the Board of Examiners of the master’s programme Molecular Mechanisms of Disease.


Fees

The legal tuition for the 2022-2023 academic year is €2.209,- 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 16,000 euros.

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Student Profile(s)

Mandala Ajie

About the programme: The programme really puts an emphasis on, as the name of the programme states, the molecular mechanisms of disease: how a disease develops and progresses and how to exploit the said molecular mechanisms as a therapeutic target. My bachelor's degree is in microbiology, so at first, it was a bit challenging for me to study noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. However, the courses are very well designed that after passing all the courses, even people with limited background on human biology like me can understand the details of those diseases (or at least do not just give a blank expression, politely nod, and run away when people ask me about cancer pathogenesis).

The atmosphere in class: The class is very fun! There are 22 students in my cohort, so I got to interact and get to know of most of my classmates. Lectures are lively as my classmates have high curiosity on the topics taught and the lecturers are more than eager to discuss with us.

Challenges and obstacles: The study load is quite high but it is still manageable and the assignments really help me to understand the concepts taught in class better.

Internship: I am currently doing an internship project in Radboudumc on the topic of the pharmakogenetics of drug therapy for tuberculous meningitis. Specifically, I am trying to find the association between host genetics and rifampicin (an antitubercular drug) exposure in people with tuberculous meningitis.

Plans after receiving a degree: I am planning on getting a PhD after graduating from the programme.

Maren Pfirrmann

About the programme: The best part for me was learning important skills necessary to become a good researcher. Next to deepening my knowledge about the different research fields, we were trained to write research proposals, prepared posters and had many presentations. Especially the presentations helped me to be comfortable to speak in front of new people and to present my research in a confident manner. The variety of teaching modules made the programme very diverse and interesting. We had interactive lectures, many group projects, computer exercises and seminars. However, this also forced me to get out of my comfort zone and to actively participate by asking questions or developing my own opinion on a new topic.

The atmosphere in class: Due to many group projects and long study days spent together, we really bonded as a group. Every student is highly motivated and eager to learn new things. This created a great atmosphere in, but also outside of the classroom. With a small group of international students, we faced the challenges of the programme as well as living in a different country together and became more than just classmates. The teachers were enthusiastic about their research and very approachable, which allowed us to ask many questions and it made the lecture very interactive.

Challenges and obstacles: The most challenging part was to find the balance between studying and having a social life. It is a highly demanding and time-consuming study. However, it also taught me to be more time-efficient and to set boundaries for myself, which will help me in the future. With the other students as support, the workload is manageable and the new things I learned made up for long hours in the library.

Internship: I'm currently in Perth, Australia to finish my Master's degree with a 8-month internship. The work focuses on a biodegradable material loaded with an immunomodulating drug to decrease the disease relapse after surgical resection in sarcoma patients.

Plans after receiving a degree: This programme trains students to develop a broad, but at the same time deep knowledge about the underlying mechanisms of a disease. It not only focuses on the clinical translation, but also on the fundamental basis to develop better treatments for patients. To further contribute to the field, I will continue with a PhD in cancer immunology.

Anastasia Adella

About the programme: MMD program is designed in such a way to make sure that all students get on the same levels at the end. Coming from a general biology background, it was tough for me in the beginning because a lot of the topics taught in class were new to me. However, my teachers and friends were all very helpful that I was able to overcome this gap. Program-wise, in addition to the theoretical parts, all the journal club presentations, group works, and proposal writings helped me to improve my skills and confidence.

The atmosphere in class: As in many other study programs, the classes in this program are taught by excellent researchers who are all passionate about what they do. What makes MMD classes different is how motivated the students are. We constantly ask questions in class and the teachers are very much willing to answer all our questions. Between the students, as we are a small group of international students, it's nice to experience how we overcame the cultural differences and managed to become more than just classmates.

Internship: I am currently doing my final master's internship at the Immuno-endocrinology group, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, I aim to analyze the role of a newly identified mitophagy-regulating protein in pancreatic beta cells using imaging techniques.

Plans after receiving a degree: I think this degree is relevant to those who want to pursue a career in science, both in academia or industry. I intend to continue to a PhD program after this.

Ludovica Carosi Diatricch

About the programme: This Master programme is demanding and inspiring at the same time. The challenge relies on the critical thinking you have to embrace and the problem solving and creativity you have to adopt. Compared to my previous education, this Master programme is less theoretical and more practical. Regarding the difficulties, I guess every international student struggles a lot about the Dutch studying system.

The atmosphere in class: The atmosphere in my class is awesome. We are only 24 students, so you always have the impression you are sharing your time with a little family and, apart from few situations, I have to say we have been lucky. We change a lot of professors since, as a special programme, each expert teaches us his/her field; that is why each professor has a certain way to connect with us. Also, we have a really tight relationship with our coordinator and with our mentor.

Challenges and obstacles: The most difficult thing here is to get used to this studying method and grading system. The exams are focused on the logic part, not really on the theoretical topics. Also, it is necessary to get used to the "daily" studying, many projects, presentations are needed.

Internship: I will start my first Internship in January and I will do that in the Molecular Biology department. As MMD students, we have the chance to carry out our second research Internship abroad.

Plans after receiving a degree: Studying and put efforts in MMD Master can truly help you to understand what researcher life is and it literally trains you to become a successful researcher from many and various points of view. I guess this programme structure really let you walk out from here with full consciousness of your strengths and "where to look" to fulfil your future expectations.

Katrin Nußbaumer

About the programme: This program forced me to think critically, improve my knowledge about scientic/disease related topics and strenghten my soft skills. Overall, I really believe that this Master will prepare me very well to become a professional researcher. However, first I was really not used to the dutch system. It is so different to the Austrian one that in the beginning I was a bit lost. But after a few weeks it gets clear and problems are solved immediately.

The atmosphere in class: Due to the fact that we are just 24 students, it feels more like a family. I do have the feeling that we try to help each other as much as possible, but still are indepent and like to go our own ways. During the lecturs we are scientist and try to solve problems, but after classes we are just friends hanging out together. We also have a strong relationship to our lectureres. They are eager to teach us stuff, and we can always interupt them if something is unclear.

Challenges and obstacles: For me the most challenging part is time management. I am not really structured, so I do not like to keep track of my due dates. This Master is based on meetings, discussion, assignment though. So for me, I really had to learn how to be organized.

Internship: Right now I am not doing any internships but I will start my first one in the beginning of January, at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Science, Physiology Department. I will research on a specific renal ion channel (TRPV5) and how it interacts which Ca2+ dependent calmodulin. I am very looking forward to that.

Plans after receiving a degree: This degree is perfect for pursuining a scientific career. Because of the amazing combination regarding theoretical knowledge, assignments and group works, people will be confident enough to enter their professional pathway.

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 € 2,209,- For example: a grant holder in 2022/2023 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,209,- instead of €16,000.

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 completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 174). 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 € 1,300. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 174) 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 € 1,300.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~€25000 per year

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

For more information please see our website.

Deadline
Scholarship applications for 2022-2023 are open and close on Tuesday 12 October, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

Applicants are required to have applied separately to Radboud University by January 1st 2022 for admission to the Master’s programme of their choice via the online application procedure, independent of their Fulbright application.


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The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme, organised by Nuffic Neso, gives excellent students coming from India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, and Vietnam, the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University has a maximum of 21 scholarships available for the academic year 2022/2023.

The scholarship consists of a reduction of the institutional tuition fee for non-EEA students (to €2,209,- in 2022/2023). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance for your stay in the Netherlands (Aon Student Insurance) are covered. The Orange Tulip Scholarship is not a full scholarship and does not include living costs. 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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

-Are admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University, starting 1 September 2022
-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)
-Must be a citizen of one of the Neso countries (India, Indonesia, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam) and should not currently be studying or working in the Netherlands

Application Procedure

The application deadline to apply for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes through your Nuffic NESO office is 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST. You must also have completed your application for the Master's programme at Radboud University via the online OSIRIS Application system before 28 February 2022, 23:59 CEST.


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The Holland Scholarship is co-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: Albanian, American (USA only), Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Iranian, Mexican, Taiwanese, Turkish, and Ukrainian. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000 euros

Eligibility

-Are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities
-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
-Don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the Netherlands already, except for current students (2020-2021) in a Pre-Master's programme at Radboud University, and except for exchange programmes, 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 Holland Scholarship. The selection for the scholarship and admission to the Master's degree programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for the Holland Scholarship.

Deadline
You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 31 January 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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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 with only about 5% of applicants obtaining one.

The Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund, or Radboudumc Studyfund, 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 2022/2023 the scholarship amounts to €13,309. The grant comprises of € 2,209 tuition fees (which will be paid directly to Radboud University) and € 11,100 living expenses (which will be paid to the student in 12 equal instalments). These amounts 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 cover the outstanding tuition fee and part of the living expenses. For 2022/2023 the scholarship amounts to €6,654.50. The grant comprises of € 2,209 tuition fees (which will be paid directly to Radboud University) and € 4,455.50 living expenses (which will be paid to the student in 12 equal instalments). Students will need to prove they can cover the outstanding amount for living expenses, as required by the Dutch immigration office. Please note no extra costs such as flight and travel are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

About €13,309

Eligibility

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. RSP, 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.

Application Procedure

For non-EEA students who wish to apply for the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund, it is mandatory to also apply for the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) and (if available in your country) to the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS). To apply for the Radboudumc Study Fund, tick the boxes in your Osiris application form when applying for the programme.

Deadline
The deadline for application for the Radboudumc Studyfund is 1 February. That means that your programme application should be submitted and completed by then, since the scholarship application is integrated in the programme application.


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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 €11,100 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021-2022) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€11,100

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 completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.


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