Radboud University

Master in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research) (MSc) Full Time - Máster en Mecanismos Moleculares de la Enfermedad

Radboud University
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Nijmegen
  • Precio:
    2.006 €
    Price EU 2006€
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Comeniuslaan 4
    Nijmegen 6525 HP
    Países Bajos
  • Duración:
    2 Años
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Master of Science (MSc) in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Research)


1. A complete Bachelor’s degree with a background in life sciences such as Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.
Further academic requirements include:
•A Bachelor’s degree with results well above average.
•A strong motivation to pursue a career in research that is related to the molecular mechanisms of disease.
•At least two months of hands-on practical experience.
If you have questions concerning the relevance of your academic background, please contact the Academic Advisor by sending an email to: mmd@ru.nl.

2. A proficiency in English
•A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥232 (computer based) or ≥90 (internet based)
•A IELTS score of ≥6.5
•Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher


Do you want to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer? The Research Master´s in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease offers you a in-depth knowledge and research experience of disease-related molecular mechanisms. You will also be part of the unique research community that is found within the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences.


This unique programme translates disease-related biomedical research in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics into clinical experimental research in patients. The MMD programme offers a broad and interdisciplinary approach with the opportunity for specialisation in the form of electives and internships.

Theoretical courses
The MMD programme starts with 4.5 months of theoretical courses. These courses provide a sound basis for a future career in molecular biomedical research. Besides theoretical knowledge, the courses focus on important skills for scientists, such as:
Presenting scientific data
Reading and writing scientific articles
Writing research proposals

The programme also includes three, one-week “master classes” in which enthusiastic, top-notch researchers (national and international) discuss the latest cutting-edge research.

All students can choose a number of elective courses. This will allow you to customise your programme and create a focus that meets your professional and academic interests.

Research-training periods
There are two 6-months research-training periods during the MMD programme. You will discover what a researcher really does by performing your own research projects under the supervision of experienced scientists. Students are strongly stimulated to go abroad into a laboratory of their choice for the second training-period.
The programme also encourages you to attend conferences by providing a conference budget to every student.
A mentor will guide you throughout the entire programme and will stimulate you to explore your abilities and develop general research competences, including reflection, self-management and mid-and long-term career planning.

Overview of the MMD programme

The two-year programme is structured as follows:
Theoretical courses (in chronological order)
Introduction to Molecular Mechanisms of Disease2.5 EC* Excellence in Communication1.5 EC Science and Society1.5 EC Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine3.5 EC Immunity-related Disorders and Immunotherapy2.0 EC
Metabolism, Transport and Motion3.5 EC Metabolic Disorders2.0 EC Cell Growth and Differentiation3.5 EC Developmental Disorders and Malignancies2.0 EC Master classes3 x 1.5 EC Scientific Skills1.5 EC Genomics and Statistics4.0 EC Elective Courses11.5 EC
Research-training periods
Research training period 1 (24 weeks)31.5 EC Research Training Period 2 (31 weeks, including literature thesis)45 EC

Salidas profesionales

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.

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