Explore the intersection of basic and clinical research

The Biology of Disease  programme is an interdisciplinary programme that positions you at the cutting edge of basic and clinical science, in particular in the cardiovascular research field. In this programme, you study disease mechanisms in the broadest sense, and learn to conduct (cardiovascular) disease-related translational research in cooperation with clinical and pre-clinical staff.

The management profile course was incredibly helpful when it came to finding an organisation for my second internship as well as my current position.
Rianne Ernst Alumnus of the Master's in Biology of Disease

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.

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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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Your background

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 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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Summary

Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Biomedical Sciences
  • Programme: Biology of Disease
Accreditation:
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
66990
Language of instruction:
English
Part- or full-time status:
Full-time
Duration:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
120
Start of studies:
  • February
  • September
Tuition fees:
Faculty:
Medicine
Graduate school:
Life Sciences