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MSc in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research Master)


Course Description

Understanding the molecular basis of disease

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

Only by dissecting the molecular mechanisms that trigger and advance diseases and dysfunctions can we design effective treatments and medicines. The Research Master's in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD) offers you an intensive two-year programme that provides you with in-depth knowledge and research experience of disease-related molecular mechanisms. In addition, you will acquire skills such as academic writing and presentation skills and learn how to successfully apply for grants and market yourself.

Passion for molecular biomedical research

As an MMD student you will be part of the unique research community that is found within the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS). Like you, RIMLS researchers have a strong passion for research. They will assist you throughout the programme with guidance and expertise, supporting you in acquiring knowledge and developing excellent research skills. The RIMLS is one of the research institutes of the Radboud university medical center, so their research is closely linked to the clinic and thus aimed at translating results into treatments for patients. Examples include the translation of insights into the biology of antigen-presenting cells into new immunological cancer therapies and understanding the mutations underlying blindness into the development of gene therapies for patients with inherited blindness.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/mmd

Why study Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at Radboud University?

- You will follow a broad biomedical programme that allows you to specialise in your specific field-of-interest.
- You will have intense daily contact with established researchers.
- You will participate in group-oriented education and be part of a small group of highly motivated national and international students.
- A personal mentor will help you to reflect on your study programme and career perspective.
- You will do two 6-months research internships one of which will be abroad.
- There is a 92% pass rate of MMD students within the two years.
- International MMD students can apply for scholarships from the Radboudumc Study Fund.

Career prospects

There is considerable demand for experts in the molecular biomedical sciences as well as in their application to the development of treatments for diseases such as cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, and metabolic diseases.

Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies. During the programme, you will develop a highly critical, independent approach to problem-solving. You will also acquire the basic management skills needed to lead R&D projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Most of our graduates will enter an international PhD programme to continue with research in academia or industry.

PhD opportunities

The MSc Molecular Mechanisms of Disease aims to provide all skills and knowledge necessary to rapidly enter an international PhD programme. In the Netherlands and many places in Europe, it is impossible to start a PhD programme directly after obtaining a Bachelor's degree. This research Master’s programme seriously increases your chances for obtaining an excellent PhD training position by giving you a mature perspective and a broad range of experimental approaches. In fact, over 90% of our graduates has started a (funded) PhD project.

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) recruits about fifty PhD students a year. MMD graduates are excellent candidates for these positions. Furthermore, the Radboud university medical centre offers the opportunity for its research-oriented Master's students to write their own research project. The best candidates are awarded a fully funded four-year PhD studentship at the department of their choice.

Our approach to this field

The molecular regulation of cellular processes is crucial for human development, and maintenance of health throughout life. It's evident that cellular malfunction is the cause of common multi-factorial diseases such as diabetes, immune and inflammatory disorders, renal disease, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases as well as obesity and cancer.

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) Graduate School plays a key role in developing new therapies for the fight against such diseases. RIMLS aims to improve diagnostics and develop new treatments by generating basic knowledge in the molecular biomedical life sciences and translating it into clinical application and experimental research in patients.

The RIMLS – which is part of Radboud university medical center – offers an exclusive Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. Top researchers and clinicians teach the programme.

Key themes

The MMD programme is organised along three major educational themes which reflect the main research areas present in the RIMLS and which each include both a fundamental and a disease-related aspect:
- Theme 1 Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine / Immunity-related Disorders and Immunotherapy
- Theme 2 Metabolism, Transport and Motion / Metabolic Disorders
- Theme 3 Cell Growth and Differentiation / Developmental Disorders and Malignancies

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/mmd

Visit the MSc in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research Master) page on the Radboud University website for more details!

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Felipe Augusto Braga

1639.jpg After finishing my undergraduate studies in Brazil I was sure of one thing: I wanted to be a scientist and although in Brazil we have very good universities, I always wanted to study abroad. I was not sure yet to where to go, but I started to look for good master programs in biomedical research within Europe and that is how I discovered about the Radboud University Nijmegen. The information on the website was very clear and exciting and since the first contact I always had very fast and kind replies from the university staff.
The first time I left my country was to come to The Netherlands and I took some days to truly believe that I was there. The city is extremely friendly and if I can say I have one regret is that I was not able to join the Orientation week. All the people I know that joined told me it was a unique experience, especially because it helps you to know other students from outside your program.
I can state with no doubt that joining the Master in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at the Radboud University Nijmegen was the best decision I could have made. In the beginning I had some problems, especially due to the differences in the university system and expectations, but after I discovered how things work, it was possible to really get all the things the program had to offer, and they are really a lot. From a series of insightful and high level lectures, to the top practical research training in state of the art facilities during the internships, passing through the opportunities to know leading scientists from around the world and discuss their work in a very personal and friendly environment, there is so much to learn that it is amazing.
I believe that my master program represents a hallmark in my life and it will have a decisive way for my future. I want to devote my life to science and studying at the Radboud University Nijmegen has definitely opened many doors for my future career as a scientist.

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Minh Nguyen

'One of the best decisions that I have ever made'

"Following the Master's in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I knew about MMD through a friend who was studying the program. In addition, the information on the Radboud University website as well as the NUFFIC workshop introduced the three main research topic of this Master's in more detail. The contents suited me well with my background in medical biotechnology and more importantly with my scientific interest. The relevance of the issues that are touched upon, as well as the close and well-wrought link that the MMD Master's establishes between theory at the Medical faculty, and practice at the RIMLS research centre, convinced me of the possibility to deepen and apply my knowledge in a good way. Lastly, I chose this program since Nijmegen is a friendly place to live with an excellent university and an international working environment providing me with helpful skills for a future career as researcher."

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Nina, graduate of MMD from Germany

"Having completed the MMD Master's programme I am confident to say: MMD is the best preparation for a PhD you can get. It is a unique programme as it provides a well balanced spectrum of courses covering all essential skills required for a successful career in science. Students are equipped with up to date knowledge on basic science and its translation into the clinic. They spend a majority of time in the lab further developing practical skills and gaining independence in their research activities. Moreover, students acquire advanced communication skills. Courses cover oral and poster presentations and grant writing. On top, the programme fully integrates the students in the scientific world of the NCMLS and encourages them to participate.

"MMD is a highly challenging programme that takes a lot of you but learning with a small group of extremely motivated students makes it lots of fun. You will gain friends all around the world. I am really happy I joined the programme and feel confident to pursue my way in science being perfectly prepared."

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Qian from China

I finished my Bachelor's in the HLO in Nijmegen before joining the MMD. I'm enjoying this challenging program very much, especially the infection and immunity components. The three themes from the NCMLS provide a broad prospect of modern bio-research topics worldwide. Also, the MMD community is extremely open, friendly and fun!

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Aslihan Ekim

"A good preparation for my future"
It was a sheer coincidence that I became aware of the master programme, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease in Radboud University. One day, at the end of the classes, when I went to office of professor for learning the deadline of the proposal, he proposed a different thing to me. "Apply to this programme and take a substantial step in academic life."

I knew my interest to research and this master is what I was looking for. When I went home, I immediately looked for details about the university and schedule of the programme. The most attractive features are international identity of university and broad opportunies in the programme. Being in a master student in Radboud University, not only means doing an academic career in interested field but also meeting several people from different cultures in other words being a member of social mosaic.

My adventure in Nijmegen started with the Orientation Week. It was a different experience that I have never lived before. Meeting people from all around the world and enjoying together while discovering new things in the Netherlands accelerates my adaption period. Turkey can be regarded as an European country but at the first times I found our culture a little bit different from European ones. However, day by day, I appreciate the differences and become glad to look from a wider perspective.

In my education life here I did not experience so much difficulty. The programme is categorized as medical science. The core part of the programme is what I learned at my bachelor education. The other part is focused on the translation of lab based research to treatment of disease. Round table discussions, meeting patients suffering from interested diseases and learning the story directly from their mouth appeals to me most. Extending a previous study, making hypothesis to improve the preliminary data, setting up a suitable experiment and analyzing the pros and cons of the proposed study stimulates me to come to an idea and gather enough information to support my own thesis. At last but not least, being stimulated to express your own ideas on a given topic in class discussions improve your skills like making an effective speech in front of a group of people.


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Radboud Scholarship Programme - 20+ Awards

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Master's degree programme at Radboud University. You must have finalized your request for admission via our online application system OSIRIS Incoming Students before 1 April.The scholarship is not paid in money but instead covers the additional non-EEA expenses.
For example: a grant holder in 2017/2018 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,006, instead of €9,432 or €10,360. In addition the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as those for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance. This amounts to about €725.Each year about 30 Radboud Scholarships are awarded to selected talented non-EEA students for the duration of one of the Master's degree programmes *Learn more about other applicable scholarship programmes on the website of Radboud University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.Selection criteria:1. talent: this means that you must have outstanding study results in your present field of study;
2. expected to be a promising students in your desired field of study at Radboud University;
3. proven academic quality and good results of your prior education for example through grades, test scores, publications.
4. quality of the recommendations in the two letters of recommendation;
5. motivation: based on your motivation letter.

Application Procedure

The application for admission and the application for the scholarship is fully integrated, there is no separate procedure for the scholarship. You apply for a Radboud Scholarship by indicating during your application for admission that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two recommendation letters and a curriculum vitae.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/rsp


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Fullbright-Radboud Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Fulbright Center, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships to excellent American students for study and research purposes at graduate and PhD levels at Radboud University Nijmegen. The Fulbright Center's mission is to promote mutual understanding between Dutch and American citizens by providing financial assistance for study, research and teaching. 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.The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of €1050. International travel will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately €350) will be covered as well. An extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival, and can be used to cover the cost of the tuition fee or the costs of settling in. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per program.
Application for 2016-2017 opens on 1 May 2016 and closes on 13 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

12 monthly instalments of €1050 + extra allowance for travel and additional costs

Eligibility

For American students.
The Fulbright Centre, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships for talented American students to study at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

For more information please see the Fulbright website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/masters/fulbright


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Global Education Programme - No. of awards TBC

The Russian government has initiated a new scholarship programme to support Russians studying abroad, the Global Education Programme (GEP). The scholarship opened in September 2014 for Russian students studying abroad on Master's and PhD programmes.The scholarship covers the following costs up to 1,381,000 rubles/year (ca. 22,400 EUR)
• Tuiton fee
• Living expenses
• Books
• Health Insurance
• Travel costsStudents may apply for a maximum of 2 years of scholarship.The Global Education Programme (GEP) will last for 3 years (2014-2016). A total amount of 4.41 billion rubles is available for this period, or 1.47 billion per year. The assumed total number of grantees is at least 718.Students who already receive a scholarship, e.g. from the European Union such as ERANET, Erasmus Mundus or other Master's grants do not qualify.

Value of Scholarship(s)

about 16,000

Eligibility

• Russian citizenship
• Admitted to Radboud University (or another university from the list) in one of the selected disciplines
• Study full time at Master's or PhD level
• Ready to return to Russia upon completion of their studies and to obtain employment in accordance with the qualification gained for a period of 3 years ( you can find a list of employers on the official website of the Programme)

Application Procedure

For more information visit the Global Education Programme's webpage

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/masters/global-education


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Brazil Programme - 10 Awards

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.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Brazil is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Brazil's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/brazil


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Mexico Programme - 5 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Mexicans to follow a study programme at Master's level. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Mexican students who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Mexico is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso OTS Mexico website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/mexico


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Indonesia Programme - 6 Awards

For Indonesian students, Radboud University offers one Orange Tulip Scholarships which are available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Indonesian students who study at a Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia is 1 April.You can find more information about the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia, and how to apply, on the Nuffic Neso Indonesia website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/indonesia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - China Programme - 6 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship programme (OTS) was launched by Nuffic Neso China in 2008. The success of the programme relies on the support from not only the Dutch academic sector, but also the Dutch business sector in China. The purpose of this initiative is to offer valuable study opportunities for young Chinese talents to study in the Netherlands through joint contributions from the Dutch higher education institutions and China-based Dutch companies.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Orange Tulip Scholarship China programme is only open to qualified students from Mainland China who study at a Master's level at Radbout University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship China is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/china


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Korea Programme - 3 Awards

Nuffic Neso South-Korea launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) in January 2010 to provide opportunities for talented Korean students to study in Holland. The scholarship is available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Korean students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship South Korea is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/korea


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Russia Programme - 8 Awards

For the first time, Nuffic Neso Russia has launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS), a special programme for talented Russian students to study in Holland. It is available for all English-taught Master's programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2016/2017). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Russian students, Radboud University offers eight Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Russia is 1 April. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must have already applied for a Master's programme at Radboud University. In order to receive the scholarship, you must be admitted to a Master's programme.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/russia


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Vietnam Programme - 3 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme gives excellent students coming from one of these countries the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University participates in the OTS programme with several benefits for international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Vietnamese students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Vietnam is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Vietnam's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/vietnam


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The Holland Scholarship Programme - 12 Awards

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University. The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS and amount to € 5,000.-

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarship amounts to £ 3.700

Eligibility

The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS.

Application Procedure

You can apply for the Holland Scholarship at Radboud University when you apply for a Master's programme in Osiris. That means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.
The application deadline is 1 February. If not all scholarships will be given out, the second deadline is 1 May.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/holland-scholarship


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Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund - 9 Awards

Eligibility for a study fund 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.The Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund covers any (outstanding) tuition fees and living expenses. For 2015/2016 the scholarship amounts to €12,271, assuming the student is a non-EU student who also receives RSP (exceptions are possible). The grant comprises of €1,951 tuition fees (which will be paid directly to Radboud University) and € 10,320 living expenses (which will be paid to the student). For 2016/2017, 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.

Value of Scholarship(s)

About 8.500 pounds

Eligibility

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.Therefore, each academic year about 9 full scholarships are offered to our most excellent international applicants by the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund.

Application Procedure

For non-EU students who wish to apply for the Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund, application for the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) 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 Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) or local government grants (please visit our scholarship website for more information on other scholarships).

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/english/education/master's-programmes/financial-matters/scholarships-grants/read_more/umc-st-radboud/



Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Life sciences or related area, a strong motivation and practical experience. 2. A sufficient level of English (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English). Fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-nativespeakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree need one of the following: a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paperbased), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based); an IELTSscore of 7.0; a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

Course Fees

€2,006(from EEA countries); €10360 (from non-EEA countries)


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