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MSc Biomedical Sciences

Course Description

Are you interested in what causes disease and how we can prevent it? And if disease is present, do you want to know how we can treat it? Then Biomedical Sciences could be just the programme for you

Exploring human health and disease
The 21st century may well be called the century of molecular biology. Amid wide-scale investments in life sciences all over Europe, there is a growing demand for highly specialised professionals in a range of life science fields. Biomedical Sciences focuses on state of the art methodology and the skills that enable researchers to unravel the molecular mechanisms in health and disease. You explore the relationship between human beings and their environment from molecule, to gene, to cell and organ, to individual and to entire populations.

Why study Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University?

In the first semester, you will encounter many different diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Alzheimer, schizophrenia, cancer and cardiovascular disease to bring all students at the same level.

The programme has a strong research focus with two long internship periods (22-week junior and 30-week senior internship). During this time, you may opt to go abroad with the help of a travel grant.

You are free to pursue your own research interests and participate in laboratories of your choice.

You participate in ongoing, cross-border research at Maastricht University and Hasselt University (Belgium), giving you hands-on experience and an international network.

You get the possibility to develop your own profile in the domain of Biomedical Sciences by choosing one of five specialisations offered by the faculty’s Research Institutes.

You may take part in an exchange programme in Paris or you can do a junior and/or senior internship abroad. In the Neuroscience specialisation you also have the possibility to participate in a double degree programme in exchange with Japanese universities.
Opportunity to participate in a double degree master’s programme with Tomsk State University (Russia), and obtain two master’s degrees.

There is a strong emphasis on professional research skills such as giving poster presentations, writing articles and reports, actively participating in lab meetings, discussing your findings with colleagues and coaches, etc.

Entry Requirements

1. a bachelor's degree issued by a Dutch or non-Dutch university in a relevant domain, e.g. biomedical sciences, molecular life sciences, life sciences and technology or medical natural sciences; 2. a bachelor's degree issued by an Institute of Higher Vocational Education or University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (240 ECTS), Belgium, Germany, Austria or Switserland (180 ECTS) in a relevant domain. Please note that additional requirements could apply depending on your nationality, educational background, etc.

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