MSc in Biomedical Sciences
The 21st century might 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 specialized professionals in a range of life science fields. The master's programme in Biomedical Sciences focuses on state of the art methodology and the skills that enable researchers to unravel the molecular mechanisms of health and disease. The programme strives to familiarise master students with the principles of the scientific method, i.e., how new scientific knowledge is obtained in basic and applied research areas, and how this novel insight is used to the benefit of patients. Theoretical courses are taught by professionals from both the laboratory and the clinic.
The programme is offered in a cooperation between Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and Hasselt University in Diepenbeek, Belgium, together referred to as the transnational University Limburg (tUL). Both campuses house top-level research institutes in a number of areas, giving students opportunities to participate in ongoing research and receive hands-on practical experience. You register at Maastricht University and participate in learning activities in both Maastricht and Diepenbeek.
The master’s programme is a two-year programme taught entirely in English with lectures offered on both campuses (Maastricht and Diepenbeek). The specialization is chosen just before the start of the second year. Graduates will receive a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with a mentioning of the chosen specialization.
The Biomedical Sciences programme offers four specializations:
1. Clinical Molecular Sciences
This specialization emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge, insight and practical skills necessary for unraveling the molecular basis of human disease. Topics cover chronic and/or inflammatory diseases as for example the metabolic syndrome and diabetes, asthma, COPD, Alzheimer, schizophrenia, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The central themes of the specialization are the underlying molecular mechanisms, and molecular diagnostics and therapeutic approaches.
Students with this specialization are free to choose their second-year senior internship in any of the projects offered by one of the four Research Schools: CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases, NUTRIM School for Nutrition, Toxicology, and Metabolism, GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology and MHeNS School for Mental Health and Neuroscience.
2. Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine
The Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine specialization offers research training in cardiovascular biology and diseases. The programme focuses on the three following research areas:
- thrombosis and hemostasis
- cardiac function and failure
- vascular biology
Students who have chosen this specialization will plan and realize a research project in the field of cardiovascular biology and medicine. Students have the opportunity to follow a 2-week elective course on cardiovascular biology and medicine in the first year. This is however not obligatory for the determination of the final specialization.
This specialization is offered by the CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases.
3. Nutrition and Metabolism
The Nutrition and Metabolism specialization focuses on biomedical research and the relationship between diet and metabolism. You will receive a holistic understanding of the role of diet in the regulation of metabolic processes and the prevention of metabolic disorders. You will also learn how diet affects the following:
• pre- and post-operative care
• acute disease conditions
• recovery and recuperation ·
• palliative care
Students who have chosen this specialization will plan and realize a research project in the field of nutrition and metabolism. Students have the opportunity to follow a 2-week elective course on nutrition and metabolism in the first year. This is however not obligatory for the determination of the final specialization.
This specialization is offered by the NUTRIM School for Nutrition, Toxicology, and Metabolism.
4. Oncology and Developmental Biology
The specialization Oncology and Developmental Biology is aimed at increasing students’ insight into the factors and processes involved in normal and abnormal growth. Specific attention within the programme centers on gene-environment interactions and the genetic/epigenetic regulation of phenotype expression, both in the context of normal development and oncogenesis.
Students who have chosen this specialization will plan and realize a research project in the field of cancer research or developmental biology. Students have the opportunity to follow a 2-week elective course on cancer and developmental biology in the first year. This is however not obligatory for the determination of the final specialization.
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