MSc in Biomedical Sciences - Infection and Immunity

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MSc in Biomedical Sciences - Infection and Immunity

University of Amsterdam

MSc in Biomedical Sciences - Infection and Immunity

The master track “Infection and Immunity” has been designed to integrate the advanced knowledge in two interlinked disciplines. Immunology is the science that investigates how complex multicellular organisms (mostly mammals) defend themselves against infectious diseases. Immunologists investigate biological systems at all levels of integration: molecular, (sub)cellular, tissue, organism and society. The experimental tools address the molecular, structural and cell biological level, incorporating state of the art techniques such as microarrays, deep sequencing, live imaging and multicolor fluorescent flow cytometry.

Medical Microbiology studies the pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of pathogens and infections from the molecular to the global health level. Though the immune system protects against infection, microbes employ a variety of strategies to escape immune responses. Another important topic that will be addressed is the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

Studying Infection and Immunity at the University of Amsterdam

The track Infection and Immunity is a collaborative effort of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) and Sanquin. This master track is designed to educate you towards becoming a practicing scientist, and is only offered as Research (R-) Variant.

Programme Outline

The theoretical background of the program will provide you with a basic cell biological understanding and state of the art knowledge in Immunology and Medical Microbiology through two dedicated courses. The thesis can be organized on an individual basis and can start at any time in the track.

You gain practical experience by performing at least two research projects in laboratories active in Immunology and/or Medical Microbiology. During these projects you become an integral member of the research group. It is mandatory to carry out one of the traineeships at the AMC or Sanquin (or in specific cases NKI). The other research project(s) may be carried out at one of the participating institutes or at universities/research institutes in The Netherlands or abroad.

Is Infection and Immunity the track for me?

The programme is looking for students who:

  • have successfully attended bachelor courses in Immunology and Medical Biology, or equivalent training, to be judged by the course coordinators.
  • are interested in studying molecular processes in cells, the way that cells in complex organisms cooperate to defend themselves against infectious microbes and tumour cells, vaccine development, evolutionary processes
  • want to understand the basis of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and AIDS
  • enjoy doing laboratorial experiments in a fundamental research lab or in a (pre)clinical setting,
  • are interested in patient-oriented research and/or in vivo-oriented research involving animal models and
  • have a curiosity about biological systems in the world-.

Career prospects

Four out of five graduates of the Medical Biology programme find a job within a year of obtaining their Master's degree. Approximately half continue on in the field of research as PhD students or as researchers in industry, hospitals or institutes. Other graduates find work in education as a secondary school teachers or information officers in medical NGOs. About ten percent of graduates become policy makers in areas such as government, pharmaceutical business or medical organisations.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Applicants for the MSc in Medical Biology must hold a Dutch Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences or Neuroscience.

Higher professional education level (HBO) Bachelor’s degree

The programme is also open - with certain restrictions - to students with a Bachelor's degree from a higher vocational training (HBO) programme in Biomedical Sciences or a related area.

Detailed knowledge of chapters 2-8 and 10-14 of "The Cell" (Aberts 5th Edition) is a pre-condition. This will be examined during the intake interview. The individual student's motivation is also a key consideration. There is no schakelprogramma (pre-Master programme) available.

Additional information for international students

International applicants must also fulfil other general entry requirements set by the Faculty of Science regarding academic background, academic average and proficiency in English.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Full time
1,835 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 2 years
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