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What causes a disease? What can be done about obesity and diabetes? Why does one person become depressed and another does not? What are the underlying mechanisms of diseases?. Read more
What causes a disease? What can be done about obesity and diabetes? Why does one person become depressed and another does not? What are the underlying mechanisms of diseases?

During the Master's degree programme in Biomedical Sciences you will learn how to find answers to these questions. The programme is strongly oriented towards the scientific background of health and disease and preclinical research. You will study life processes, and their abnormalities within the intact organism. The field in Groningen is wide and the choice is up to you – you can specialize in molecular biology or conduct research at the level of population groups.

At least 60% of the master's programme consist of independent research projects. As such, you are participating actively in all aspects of the research, from designing an experiment and conducting it, to writing an international scientific publication. Within the degree programme Biomedical Sciences students can follow the specialisation Biology of Ageing which provides training as a researcher mainly in the field of ageing and age-related pathologies.

Why in Groningen?

- Studying life processes, and their abnormalities, in the intact organism
- At least 60% of the master's programme consist of independent research projects
- Specialisation in Biology of Ageing

Job perspectives

Your career prospects are:

Researcher in a variety of organizations such as
- Universities
- Academic and general hospitals
- Biomedical, pharmaceutical or food industries

Positions linking biomedical sciences to a business or policy strategy in a social organization, such as the Heart Foundation and the Diabetes Fund. You can also work for the government in an advisory position.

At least 60% of the Master's Programme is conducting Independent Research
Within the Master's degree programme Biomedical Sciences you can conduct research in the following areas of expertise:
- The mechanisms of inflammation and immunity, allergies and tumours;
- The transplantation applications of embryonic stem cells;
- Diseases of the brain and nervous system;
- The biological aspects of emotional and affective disorders such as depression, anorexia nervosa and obesity;
- The molecular cellular biology underlying age-related pathologies.

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What causes specific illnesses? Of what influence are certain risk factors in cardiovascualar disease? What does the body do to fight viral infections?… Read more
What causes specific illnesses? Of what influence are certain risk factors in cardiovascualar disease? What does the body do to fight viral infections? What molecular or physiological mechanisms are involved in the development or retreat of cancer? What are the methods for diagnosing and analysing genetic defects, and how can these methods be improved? Is stem cell therapy our future? How is biomedical knowledge best translated to actual treatment of patients?

These are just some questions pertinent to Biomedical Sciences. In order to answer them, the Biomedical Sciences programme will help you gain a thorough understanding of human health and disease.

Key benefits

- Research conducted at LUMC scores very high in European and world rankings;

- Choice of specialisations in Research, Management, Science Communication and Education. Students who wish to look beyond hard core research are thus taught to bridge science to business, or to society in general;

- The flexibility of our two-year programme allows you to follow your individual interests in the order that suits you most;

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/biomedical-sciences/en/introduction

Course detail

The programme is offered by Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC); a modern institution which combines research, education and patient care with a high quality profile and a strong scientific orientation.

Format

Besides the common programme, which teaches you the basic knowledge you need about research in Biomedical Sciences, your programme is further defined by one of the specialisations:

- Biomedical Sciences Communication
- Biomedical Sciences Education
- Biomedical Sciences Management
- Biomedical Sciences Research

Reasons to choose Biomedical Sciences in Leiden:

- You will enjoy small-group teaching, and high-quality courses dealing with the frontiers of modern science;

- Collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden) and with Ruprecht Karls Universität in Heidelberg (Germany) enables you to include courses and research placements taken at these institutions;

- In addition, participation in the Joint Programme in Translational and Experimental Medicine of the EUROLIFE consortium (a collaboration in the life sciences between six distinguished universities, i.e. Leiden, Stockholm, Dublin, Edinburgh, Göttingen, and Barcelona) gives you the same advantages of being trained in an international setting;

- Leiden University and the LUMC provide good financial support for the international exchange of students;

- The modern facilities of the LUMC are located in three buildings that are connected and form a unilocation. This brings our core activities – research, education and patient care – even more closely together.

Careers

The MSc in Biomedical Sciences aims to provide you with a theoretical background and with general academic competences in multidisciplinary research in Biomedical Sciences. You will be trained to become an independent researcher, with a further career in science. Either with a view to obtaining a PhD degree, or to fill a position in an industrial or institutional research environment.

All students with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences are admissible to a PhD programme.

How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission

Funding

For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships

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