Do you have a clear and specific interest in cancer, stem cells or developmental biology? Join our program and combine research in oncology, molecular developmental biology, and genetics. Discover the mysteries of embryonic growth, stem cells, signaling, gene regulation, evolution, and development as they relate to health and disease.
Contribute to a Better Understanding of Disease Treatment and Prevention
Given that fundamental developmental processes are so often impacted by the disease, an understanding of these processes is vital to the better understanding of disease treatment and prevention. Adult physiology is regulated by developmental genes and mechanisms which, if deregulated, may result in pathological conditions.
Become an expert on molecular and cellular aspects of development and disease and create a better understanding of processes underlying cancer and developmental biology. Use techniques and applications of post-genomic research, including single cell and next-generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics, and advanced microscopy techniques.
Why You Should Study Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at Utrecht University
- Study with a unique emphasis on developmental biology, a process with many connections to cancer
- Carry out two extensive research projects at renowned research groups
- Collaborate with national and international research institutes, and gain valuable experience at partner institutions all around the world
- Take courses, seminars, and masterclasses led by renowned specialists in the field. The courses are interactive and challenge you to further improve your writing and presenting skills
- Focus on fundamental molecular aspects of disease-related questions, particularly questions related to cancer and the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine
The Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology program aims to prepare students for Ph.D. study in one of the participating or associated groups. Alternatively, students leaving after obtaining their MSc degree will profit from a solid education in molecular genetics, in addition to their specialized knowledge of developmental biology.
MSc graduates trained in both fundamental and disease-oriented aspects of biomedical genetics are in great demand. They will find their way to:
- academic research
- research institutes (fundamental research)
- the pharmaceutical industry
- policy-making organizations in science and health care
By the end of their Master’s program, the majority of our students already have secured a Ph.D. position within the Research School of Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology or elsewhere in Utrecht, the Netherlands, or abroad. Even of the foreign students (about 30% of our students are non-Dutch), the majority tend to stay on in Utrecht to continue their studies in Ph.D. positions.