The right choice for you?
Cardiovascular diseases are the primary focus in this programme. For this, the Cardiovascular Track has been designed. In addition, this Master’s programme offers you the opportunity to focus on more than one clinical speciality , enabling you to conduct research projects on different subjects and diseases while gaining experience in multiple labs. On completing the Biology of Disease programme, you are able to use advanced research techniques and function as an independent researcher in the cardiovascular field, or in your chosen specialty.
What you’ll learn
In the Biology of Disease programme you learn to translate a (cardiovascular) disease into a scientifically sound experiment or model or the other way around. Hereby, you study the underlying mechanism of the disease to expand the knowledge concerning the disease or to build bridges towards therapeutic leads. Research questions may relate to all organisational levels of the body.
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Why study Biology of Disease at Utrecht University?
Compared to other Master’s programmes in (cardiovascular) disease mechanisms in the Netherlands, our programme in Utrecht:
- Allows you to become an expert in the cardiovascular research field.
- Gives you the opportunity to compose a personalised programme of multiple clinical specialties within disease biology.
- Offers you the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups and encourages you to do your minor research project abroad to gain additional skills and an international perspective on your chosen specialisation.
- Has a solid mentoring system: you discuss your study progress with the Programme Coordinator and you work under the supervision of a PhD student or post-doc from amongst our enthusiastic and international staff.
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You are eligible for this challenging programme if you hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences or Medical Biology. You must have knowledge of the pathology, physiology, and pathophysiology of organs and organ systems. You are assessed on an individual basis. In addition, study progress during the Bachelor's is of great importance.
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Career in Biology of Disease
Biology of Disease graduates often work in a clinical/hospital research environment, where questions from the clinic are being translated into model systems to study the underlying cellular or molecular cause of the disease. Communication with doctors or veterinarians is therefore of great importance. Most Biology of Disease graduates find jobs as PhD's in clinical labs, as product managers, or in the R&D department of industries. Others have found a position in the communication and education field, as policy advisor, science journalism, or staff member at HVTO (the national expert organisation Girls/women and Science/Technology).
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