Courses

Compulsory courses

Classical Methods in Data Analysis

Period (from – till): Check https://epidemiology-education.nl/

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Course coordinator
C.L.J.J. Kruitwagen, MSc
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Utrecht, the Netherlands
 
Faculty
C.L.J.J. Kruitwagen, MSc
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care.
R.K. Stellato, PhD
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care.
P. Westers, PhD
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care.
 
Course description:
This course starts with the basic applications of biostatistics in the analysis of medical research data. Topics are: types of data, location and variability measures, samples and populations, distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, comparing two or more means or proportions (parametric and non-parametric methods), and relationships between two variables (correlation, simple linear regression). The course also includes an extensive discussion of the multiple linear regression model.

Literature/study material used:
-
 
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology & Epidemiology Postgraduate
 
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme: Yes
 
Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Statistics

Introduction to Epidemiology

Period (from – till): Check https://epidemiology-education.nl/

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment​

Lecturer(s):
Name, faculty/department, participation (%) in course
C. Uiterwaal, MD, PhD, Julius Centrum, docent
D.J.J. Heederik, PhD, IRAS, docent
M.J.M. Bonten, MD, PhD, Julius Centrum, docent
M. Nielen, PhD, Diergeneeskunde, docent
A.W. Hoes, MD, PhD, Julius Centrum, docent
H.G.M. Leufkens, PharmD, PhD, Farmacie, docent
 
Course description:
This course provides insight in the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology. The course starts with the history and design of epidemiological research, and the different measures of frequency and association. Also, the principles of bias and confounding are addressed. In the second part of the course, epidemiological fields of research as covered at UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University are presented.

Literature/study material used:
K.J. Rothman, Epidemiology – An Introduction, Oxford University Press.
 
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology & Epidemiology Postgraduate
 
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes
 
Prerequisite knowledge:
-

Introduction to Epidemiology - E-learning

Period (from – till): 28 August - 18 September 2017
Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment
http://elearning.elevatehealth.eu - e-learning platform

Lecturer(s):
C.W.B. Boonacker, PhD, supervisor

Course description:
This course provides insight in the basic terminology and principles used in epidemiology. The course starts with the history and design of epidemiological research, and the different measures of frequency and association. Also, the principles of bias and confounding are addressed. In the second part of the course, epidemiological fields of research as covered at UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University are presented.

Literature/study material used:
K.J. Rothman, Epidemiology – An Introduction, Oxford University Press.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme: Yes

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme: No

Prerequisite knowledge:
BSc level

Introduction to Statistics

Period (from – till): Check https://epidemiology-education.nl/

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Course coordinator
C.L.J.J. Kruitwagen, MSc
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Utrecht, the Netherlands
 
Faculty
C.L.J.J. Kruitwagen, MSc
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care
 
Course description:
This course provides basic knowledge of statistics. The course is aimed to level differences in prior knowledge among students and provide the necessary base for the next two statistical courses in the MSc Epidemiology programme.

Literature/study material used:
-

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology & Epidemiology Postgraduate
 
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes
 
Prerequisite knowledge:
-

Modern Methods in Data Analysis

Period (from – till): Check https://epidemiology-education.nl/

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Course coordinator
C.L.J.J. Kruitwagen, MSc
Julius Center, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht the Netherlands
 
Faculty
C.L.J.J. Kruitwagen, MSc
Julius Center, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht the Netherlands
J. van den Broek, PhD
UU, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Farm Animal Health.

Course description:
This course provides statistical methods to study the association between (multiple) determinants and the occurrence of an outcome event. The course starts with an introduction to likelihood theory, using simple examples and a minimum of mathematics. Next, the most important regression models used in medical research are introduced. Topics are: maximum-likelihood methods, logistic regression, model validation and regression diagnostics, Poisson regression, and analysis of `event-history´ data, including an extensive discussion of the Cox proportional hazards regression model. Also, the basic principles of longitudinal data analysis are taught.

Literature/study material used:
-
 
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology & Epidemiology Postgraduate
 
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme: Yes
 
Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Statistics
Classical Methods in Data Analysis

Presentation and Writing of Research Proposal

Period (from – till): Check https://epidemiology-education.nl/

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Lecturer(s):
M.E.E. Kretzschmar, MD, PhD, Julius Centrum, docent
D.E. Grobbee, MD, PhD, Julius Centrum, docent
D.J.J. Heederik, PhD, IRAS, docent
M. Nielen, PhD, Diergeneeskunde, docent
A.W. Hoes, MD, PhD, Julius Centrum, docent
O.H. Klungel, PharmD, PhD, Farmacie, docent
L.M. Peelen, PhD, Julius Centrum, docent

Course description:
Research training starts with the formulation of a research question and the design of a study. Research proposals are presented and discussed in a seminar with fellow participants, PhD students and senior staff members. Students hand in their final research proposal. In the second year students present a poster at the seminar.
 
Literature/study material used:
-
 
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology & Epidemiology Postgraduate

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge
Introduction to Epidemiology, Study Design in Etiologic Research

Presenting Your Research Confidently - e-learning

Period (from – till): 6 November - 1 December 2017

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Course description:
Have you ever wondered how you can present your research results in a more confident manner? In this course you will learn how to improve both your preparation and your presentation skills. You will discover how to design your visuals in the clearest and most appropriate way, structure your presentation correctly, get and keep the audience’s attention, make good use of your voice and body language, and handle questions from the audience.Literature/study material used:
-
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology Postgraduate online

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:

Research Ethics an Introduction e-learning

Period (from – till): 30 Octobre - 8 December 2017

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Lecturer(s):
R.D.L.C. Bernabe, Ma PhD
Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
E-mail: R.Bernabe@umcutrecht.nl

Course description:
As an epidemiologist you have to be able to reflect on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of your knowledge and judgements. Both in the design and conduct of research, as well as in the discussion, interpretation, and communication of research results, ethical considerations always play a role. The course aims to introduce you to theory, logical reasoning, and case studies, in the ethics of experimentation on human subjects, international research, and research on children and other vulnerable populations.
Also the role of epidemiological research within society is discussed. In particular you will be asked to formulate your personal view and ambitions within the field.

Literature/study material used:
-

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Yes

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology
Study Design
Clinical Epidemiology (preferably)
Presentation and Writing Research Proposal
Started with Research Project

Research Ethics and Society

Period (from – till): Check https://epidemiology-education.nl/

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment
Lecturer(s):
R.D.L.C. Bernabe, Ma PhD
Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
E-mail: R.Bernabe@umcutrecht.nl

Course description:
As an epidemiologist you have to be able to reflect on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of your knowledge and judgements. Both in the design and conduct of research, as well as in the discussion, interpretation, and communication of research results, ethical considerations always play a role. The course aims to introduce you to theory, logical reasoning, and case studies, in the ethics of experimentation on human subjects, international research, and research on children and other vulnerable populations.
Also the role of epidemiological research within society is discussed. In particular you will be asked to formulate your personal view and ambitions within the field.

Literature/study material used:
-
 
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Yes
 
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology
Study Design
Clinical Epidemiology (preferably)
Presentation and Writing Research Proposal
Started with Research Project

Scientific Poster Presentations - e-learning

Period (from – till): January - February 2019

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Course description:
The aim of this course is to help you feel more confident when giving a poster presentation, and to do so more successfully. You want your audience to stop, read the poster and listen to what you have to say. For this to happen, you need to ensure that your poster stands out from the rest. During this online course, you will be able to work on your own poster at a time that suits you, using the new skills you are learning.Literature/study material used:
-
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology Postgraduate online

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:

Specialisation Programme Clinical Epidemiology

Period (from – till): Short courses during whole study year

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Lecturer(s):
Staf Julius Centrum

Course description:
Each Epidemiology student is expected to attend so called ‘specialisation courses’. Each specialisation consists of obligatory and free to be chosen courses. These lecture days of choice should concise of (advanced) epidemiological or statistical courses. Listed below are the courses per specialisation.
Clinical Epidemiology (CE) – program director Prof AW Hoes3 EC with the following obligatory coursesClinical Trials and Drug Risk assessment (1.5EC)Clinical Epidemiology (1.5EC)
Systematic Reviews in Intervention Research (1,5EC)
At least 1.5 EC of the following coursesAdvanced Diagnostic Research (1.5EC)Prognostic Research (1.5EC)
At least 1.5 EC of the following courses
Advanced Topics in Causal Research: Confounding and Effect Modification (1.5EC)
Systematic Reviews in Diagnostic Research (1.5EC)
Systematic Reviews of Prognostic Studies (1,5 EC)

Add other courses to reach the total amount of EC’s for the specialization programme*
* These other courses do not need to be within the same specialisation, but they do need to:

  • be epidemiological courses and/or statistical courses and/or;
  • be for PhD students with a TSA, part of the obligatory programme specific courses at the PhD program the student is enrolled in.

Literature/study material used:
Depending on chosen courses
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistics
Study Design in Etiologic Research
Classical Methods in Data Analysis

Specialisation Programme Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Period (from – till): short courses during whole study year
Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Lecturer(s):
Staf, Julius CentrumSpecialisation programme:
Each student is expected to attend so called ‘specialisations’. Each specialisation consists of obligatory and free to be chosen courses. These lecture days of choice should concise of (advanced) epidemiological or statistical courses. Listed below are the courses per specialisation.
Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (IE) – program director Prof M.E.E. Kretzschmar3 EC with the following obligatory coursesClinical Epidemiology (1.5EC)Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (1.5EC)
Mathematical modelling of infectious diseases (3EC)
Add other courses * to reach te total amount of EC’s for the specialisation programme such as;Molecular Epidemiology in Infectious Diseases (1.5EC)
* These other courses do not need to be within the same specialisation, but they do need to

  • be epidemiological courses and/or statistical courses and/or;
  • be for PhD students with a TSA, part of the obligatory programme specific courses at the PhD program the student is enrolled in.

Literature/study material used
Depending on chosen courses Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistics
Study Design in Etiologic Research
Classical Methods in Data Analysis

Specialisation Programme General Epidemiology - e-learning

Period (from – till): Short courses during whole study year

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Lecturer(s):
Staf Julius Centrum

Course description:
Each Epidemiology student is expected to attend so called ‘specialisation courses’. Each specialisation consists of obligatory and free to be chosen courses. These lecture days of choice should concise of (advanced) epidemiological or statistical courses. Listed below are the courses per specialisation.
General Epidemiology (GE) – program director Prof AW HoesAdd courses to reach the total amount of EC’s for the specialization programme** These courses need to be:

  • epidemiological courses and/or statistical courses and/or;
  • for PhD students with a TSA, part of the obligatory programme specific courses at the PhD program the student is enrolled in.

Literature/study material used:
Depending on chosen courses
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistics
Study Design in Etiologic Research
Classical Methods in Data Analysis

Specialisation Programme Medical Statistics

Period (from – till): short courses during whole study year
Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Lecturer(s):
Staf Julius CentrumDescription
Each student is expected to attend so called ‘specialisations’ Each specialisation consists of obligatory and free to be chosen courses. These lecture days of choice should consice of (advanced) epidemiological or statistical courses. Listed below are the courses per specialisation.
Medical Statistics (MS) – program director Dr. MJC EijkemansWith the following obligatory coursesGeneralized Linear Models (1.5EC)Mixed Models (1.5EC)Computational Statistics (1.5EC) Add other courses * to reach the total amount of EC’s for the specialisation programme such as;
Inference and models (1.5EC)
Survival Analysis (1,5 EC)* These other courses do not need to be within the same specialisation, but they do need to:

  • be epidemiological courses and/or statistical courses and/or;
  • be for PhD students with a TSA, part of the obligatory programme specific courses at the PhD program the student is enrolled in.

Literature/study material used
Depending on chosen courses.
​Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistics
Classical Methods in Data Analysis
Modern Methods in Data Analysis

Specialisation Programme Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

Period (from – till): short courses during whole study year
Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Lecturer(s):
Diverse staf IRAS, Fac Diergeneeskunde

Specialization course:
Each student is expected to attend so called ‘specialisation courses’. Each specialisation consists of obligatory and free to be chosen courses. These lecture days of choice should concise of (advanced) epidemiological or statistical courses. Listed below are the courses per specialisation.Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (OE) – programme director: Prof D HeederikAt least 6 EC of the following courses:Exposure Assessment in Epidemiology (3 EC)Effects assessment in toxicology and environmental epidemiology (6 EC)Risk assessment and risk management (3 EC)Environmental and occupational epidemiology (3 EC)Add other courses * to reach te total amount of EC’s for the specialisation programme
* These other courses do not need to be within the same specialisation, but they do need to

  • be epidemiological courses and/or statistical courses and/or;
  • be for PhD students with a TSA, part of the obligatory programme specific courses at the PhD program the student is enrolled in.

Literature/study material used
Depending on chosen courses
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistics
Classical Methods in Data Analysis
Modern Methods in Data Analysis

Specialisation Programme Pharmacoepidemiology

Period (from – till): short courses during whole study year
Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment
Lecturer(s):
Staf, dept. pharmacoepidemiology & pharmacotherapy, Farmacie, UU
Staf Julius Centrum

Description:
Each student is expected to attend so called ‘specialisations’. Each specialisation consists of obligatory and free to be chosen courses. These lecture days of choice should concise of (advanced) epidemiological or statistical courses. Listed below are the courses per specialisation.
Pharmacoepidemiology (PE) – program director Prof O.H. Klungel6 EC with the following obligatory coursesClinical Trials and Drug Risk assessment (1.5EC)Clinical Epidemiology (1.5EC)Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety (1.5EC)Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis (1.5EC)

Add other courses to reach the total amount of EC’s for the specialisation programme *
* These other courses do not need to be within the same specialisation, but they do need to:

  • be epidemiological courses and/or statistical courses and/or;
  • be for PhD students with a TSA, part of the obligatory programme specific courses at the PhD program the student is enrolled in.

Literature/study material used
depending on chosen courses

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistics
Study Design in Etiologic Research
Classical Methods in Data Analysis

Specialisation Programme Veterinary Epidemiology

Period (from – till): short courses during whole study year
Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment
Specialisation programme
Each student is expected to attend so called ‘specialisation courses’ Each specialisation consists of obligatory and free to be chosen courses. These lecture days of choice should consice of (advanced) epidemiological or statistical courses. Listed below are the courses per specialisation.
Veterinary Epidemiology (VE) – program director Prof M Nielen7 EC with the following obligatory coursesEconomic Principles and Concepts for the Veterinary Sciences (2.5EC)Advanced Veterinary Epidemiology (4.5EC)
Add other courses to reach the total amount of EC’s for the specialisation programme such as;*
Applied Economic Modelling for the Veterinary Sciences (3EC)
Molecular Epidemiology in Infectious Diseases (1.5EC)
Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (3EC)
* These other courses do not need to be within the same specialisation, but they do need to:

  • be epidemiological courses and/or statistical courses and/or;
  • be for PhD students with a TSA, part of the obligatory programme specific courses at the PhD program the student is enrolled in.

Literature/study material used:
Depending on chosen courses. Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology
Introduction to Statistics
Study Design in Etiologic Research
Classical Methods in Data Analysis

Study Design in Etiologic Research

Period (from – till): 2 - 13 October 2017 

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment
Lecturer(s):
Cohort studies
Dr. C. van Gils
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care
Dr . R. Groenwold, PhD
UMC Utrecht, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care
 
Course description:
In this course the principles and practice of cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies are taught. Design, data collection and outcome measures are discussed, as well as the major advantages and disadvantages of the different study designs. Emphasis is on the application of study design in etiologic research. The course focuses on the more classical approach but also addresses modern concepts and design options, such as case-cohort designs. Various study designs are discussed, with emphasis on issues of validity.

Literature/study material used:
-
 
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology & Epidemiology Postgraduate
 
Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme: Yes
 
Prerequisite knowledge:
Introduction to Epidemiology

Writing research proposal - e-learning

Period (from – till): 4 September - 13 October 2017

Contact details: Educational Office Epidemiology
E-mail: msc-epidemiology@umcutrecht.nl

Registration:
https://epidemiology-education.nl/ – learning environment

Course description:
In this online course, which is specifically aimed at professionals, you will enhance your skills in writing a research proposal in English, both in terms of information elements and language. We will analyze the structure, vocabulary and grammatical structures of research proposals, including word order, articles, verb tenses, punctuation marks, modal verbs, hedging, referencing styles, and the use of transitional words and phrases. We will also address the concept of plagiarism and how to avoid it.Literature/study material used:
-
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
Epidemiology Postgraduate online

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
No

Prerequisite knowledge:

General elective courses

Academic Writing

Period (from – till): This course will be given three times a year. See dates below for start and end dates of the course editions. FacultyCourse coordinator: Eva Herold, MSc, programme advisor BMS, UMC Utrecht, - If you have any questions regarding the content of the course, please contact the lecturer.Lecturer: Frans van Dam, Lecturer science communication, Faculty of Science

Course description
This mini-course will focus on the demands of ‘academic’ writing in English, and will include topics such as writing strategies, text plans, revision and structure. It is particularly helpful for students embarking on a research thesis or an internship report.

Registration
This course is (in first instance) open to all second year Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. It is important that you are already experienced or starting with writing an internship report or Master's thesis. You can apply for this course starting from July 1st 2018 and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before Julu 1st will not be taken into account.
For the editions of this course that start before 12 November 2018, you can apply via Study Guide.
For editions of this course that start after 12 November, you can apply via Osiris Student (see below for starting blocks corresponding with the different groups/course dates).
You will be able to register for this course in Osiris Student at specific intervals based, on the starting date of the course. See the information on the Study Guide. Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.​
The maximum number of participants is 15, the minimum 6.
Course datesGroup 1 Dates 13 Sept 2018 – 1 Nov 2018:
Meeting 1: Thursday 13 September 2018 - 10:00 – 13:00h
Meeting 2: Thursday 27 September 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Thursday 11 October 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Thursday 1 November 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h

Group 2 dates 5 Dec 2018 – 23 Jan 2019 (Osiris Student starting block: BMS P2 A)
Meeting 1: Wednesday 5 December 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 2: Wednesday 19 December 2018 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Wednesday 9 January 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Wednesday 23 January 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h

Group 3 dates 8 May 2019 – 26 June 2019 (Osiris Student starting block: BMS P4 A)
Meeting 1: Wednesday 8 May 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 2: Wednesday 22 May 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 3: Wednesday 12 June 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Meeting 4: Wednesday 26 June 2019 – 9:30 – 12:30h
Literature/study material used
Will be handed out during the meetings.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.
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Basics of Biostatistics

Period (from – till): 12 November 2018 - 7 December 2018

Programme:
The more detailed programme of the course will follow when available.
Faculty
Paul Westers, GNK (coordinator)
Cas Kruitwagen, GNK (weblecturer)
Rebecca Stellato, GNK (weblecturer)

Course description
Please note:Basic of Biostatistics is a 'Blended course'. The lectures of this course are offered online via Elevate and are self-studies. During the course there are some optional face-to-face meetings with the lecturers. These meetings are held at UMC Utrecht.

The four week course(4,5 ECTS, 32 hours per week) provides an introduction to statistical methodology and supplies a number of statistical techniques important for practical data analysis. Examples from the medical and biological fields will be used in exercises. Datasets will be analyzed on the computer using the statistical package SPSS. The first part covers the "Basics of Biostatistics", statistical testing for one and two samples, confidence intervals, simple linear regression and correlation, one way analysis of variance, binomial distribution and proportions, analysis of contingency tables and non-parametric statistics. The second part covers an "Introduction to Modeling" and introduces the most important regression models used in biomedical research, that can be used in the study of the relation between a number of explanatory variables on the one hand, and the occurrence of an outcome on the other: multiple regression and logistic regression.
Note: Some basic statistical notions will be assumed known, such as measures of location (mean, median) and scale (variance, standard deviation), the normal distribution, standard error of the mean. They will not explicitly be repeated in the course, but will be used implicitly. If necessary, participants should refresh their knowledge using a statistics book used in previous courses, or using the statistics e-books.

Literature/study material used:
During the course all the course material will be online available. Besides this online material you can use also one of the following statistical books:

  • W.W. Daniel, Biostatistics: Basic Concepts and Methodology for the Health Sciences, International student version, 9th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2010;
  • P. Armitage, G. Berry and J.N.S. Matthews, Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 4th edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2001;
  • M.C. Whitlock and D. Schluter. The Analysis of Biological Data. Roberts and Company Publishers, 2009;
  • J.H. Zar, Biostatistical Analysis, 5th Edition. Pearson Education International, 2010.

The first two books have more medical examples, whereas the last two books more biological examples. These reference books remain useful long after you have completed the course. They can be obtained from scientific bookstores. You are not obliged to use any of these books during the course.
Brief manuals of SPSS are included in the workbook of the course. If you are interested in more detailed manuals we recommend one of the following books:

  • A. de Vocht, Basishandboek SPSS 16, Bijleveld, 2008;
  • A. Field, Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 3rd edition. SAGE Publications Ltd, 2009;
  • The very extended help function of SPSS itself.

An overview of all kinds of statistical hyperlinks (books, applets, software et cetera) on the internet is also given in the online course manual.

Examination
The examination consists of two parts, namely:

  1. a case study (25% of final grade)
  2. a final test (75% of final grade) consisting of open and multiple choice questions.

The grades for both parts should be at least 5the final test must be at least 5. To pass for the course the final grade should be at least 5.5. If the final grade is lower than 4 it is not allowed to do the re-exam, except if there is a permission from the exam committee.
Furthermore active (online) attendance is mandatory.

Registration
You can apply for this course through Osiris Student.
The course registrations of the course will be open at specific intervals based on the starting date.
See the information on the Study Guide. Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.
Students will be dived into four groups. The number of students per group is limited to 15 (60 students in total).
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.
Prerequisite knowledge
Although active statistical knowledge is not a prerequisite, we assume some basic knowledge on statistics and mathematics acquired through, for example, courses in biostatistics in the bachelor programme or self study.

The basic knowledge we assume are:
1) the concepts of population and sample;
2) histogram, boxplot, frequency table, scatterplot, contingency table;
3) mean, median, mode;
4) variance, standard deviation, range, interquartile range, standard error of the mean;
5) probability, probability distributions (especially the normal distribution).

If you want to refresh your basic knowledge we recommend one of the following sources of information (see also study material):

  • Chapters 1 till 5 of the book of W.W. Daniel;
  • Chapters 1 till 3 of the book of P. Armitage, G. Berry and J.N.S. Matthews;
  • Chapters 1 2, 3, 5 and 10 of the book of M.C. Whitlock and D. Schluter;
  • Chapters 1 till 6 of the book of J.H. Zar;
  • Module A and B of the Dutch E-learning software COSO (ComputerOndersteund StatistiekOnderwijs). It requires the (free) software authorware to run;
  • Module I, II, III, V of the very advanced online textbook Online Statbook;
  • Modules 1 and 2 (e-book) and/or module 1 (exercises) of CAST (Computer-Assisted Statistics Textbooks) that consists of a collection of electronic textbooks (e-books).

Several weeks before the start of the course there will be a test available for testing your basic knowledge on statistics and mathematics. It is then also possible to ask questions with respect to the basic knowledge to the lecturers. Both will be features of the Elevate environment of this course.

Bio-inspiration Essentials

The subjects being addressed
This is a course that introduces the field of Bio-Inspiration. We start to elucidate the philosophical and historical roots of the concept of bio-inspiration. We will touch upon movements like: deep ecology and permaculture and illustrious predecessors such as, Leonardo da Vinci, Buckminster fuller, Viktor Schauberger, Jay Harman and Bill Mollison.
Next, we will give an overview of the main bio-inspired approaches, being: biomimicry, bionics, nature inspired design, natural capitalism, biophilia, Circular Economy and CtoC. Moreover, you will learn to see similarities and differences, by to comparing and classifying different bio-inspired approaches.
Finally, we will address Design as a discipline and process. In this way you can start to formulate and explore possibilities for innovation as a product, process or systems innovation.
You learn how to define the function you want to ‘biologize’. By doing so, you will describe the scope and hoped-for-outcome in such a way that a biologist can deliver the information as an important co-creative step in an innovation process.

This is an online course stretching over 10 weeks with a study load of approximately 7 hours per week. The course consists of web lectures as well as articles, group assignments, individual assignments, peer feedback and feedback from teachers. During the course you interact with other participants through assignments and discussions. The course is moderated actively by a professional moderator and teaching staff.

The added value for the participants
For students with a chemical biological or bio-medical background it gives a first introduction into a whole new and promising field that combines economic values and methods (innovation) with nature based approaches.
For entrepreneurs, programme & project managers, policymakers, trade and industry professionals: the course will help you to understand the main concepts within bio-inspiration that allow you initiate and direct bio-inspired innovation-trajectories.

Summary of course content (max 75 words)
This course introduces a new field in Science and Design: Bio-Inspiration you will learn to look at nature as source of knowledge that will help to make our products, processes and systems part of nature, compatible with and supporting a transition to a circular economy instead of designing for the ‘dump’. After an overview of different Biologically Inspired approaches you will learn to define the scope and function of an innovation and write a first design-brief.

Cardiac Regenerative Medicine

Period (from - till): 28 January 2019 - 8 February 2019

Lecturer(s):
Lectures are provided by (guest) lecturers from the Hubrecht Institute, UMCU, and other national cardiac RM experts. Working groups are administered by guest lecturers from UMCU. Laymen and/or patients are involved in assignment(s).

Course description:
In this course the student will get acquainted with the application of regenerative medicine in cardiac diseases. Subjects like cardiac development, reprogramming, RM treatment options including non-cell based therapies and translational cardiac RM are addressed. In addition, students are introduced in the interpretation and processing of study data, and get acquainted with the impact of research on society, in particular on patients. The course consists of lectures, interactive meetings, an exam, and a group assignment, supervised by experts and laymen.

Literature/study material used:
- Primary literature
- E-module
- Textbook Medical Physiology (background information)

Registration:
Please register via the study guide Life Sciences.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
For BoD students: this course is one of the specific cardiovascular BoD-courses. Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes. RMT and BoD students have priority for enrollment.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Bachelor in Life Sciences and basic knowledge about cell biology and cardiac physiology.

Co-challenge: Life's professional challenges

Period (from – till): 6 May - 17 May 2019.

Course Coordinator: Ing. Michèle Gerbrands (m.c.gerbrands@umcutrecht.nl)

Facluty and Lecturer(s):
Heleen van Ravenswaaij Msc, Biomedical Sciences.
Heleen and Michele developed this elective course in co-operation with Career Services.
A diverse groups of lecturers and professionals from the educational and corporate world will share their knowledge and skills during this elective course

Course description:
As a 3d year Bachelor, Master or PhD student of Utrecht University (UU) you are not far away from graduating, taking your first steps into the professional world. You will be challenged to work with a diverse group of colleagues, co-operate, and solve complex problems that fit users and society’s needs. In order to prepare yourself for the labour market you need to develop your professional and personal skills and attain the necessary knowledge. Gaining new skills implicates the ability to actively plan, reflect, learn and experience your way into them in order to keep on track in a world where ‘life-long learning’ has become the standard.

This two-week elective course offers you a challenge to create a concept for a client in co-operation and co-creation with peers from several Bachelor (year 3), Master and PhD programmes as well as with professionals from the educational and corporate world. You are offered short inspirational sessions and workshops to discover which team- and individual based (soft)skills, techniques and tools are needed to deliver a concept. At a networking event you will pitch the concept and receive feedback. Several coaches are available if you need help (on-demand coaching). You will present your final concept to the client and a jury using a pitch and a report.

Moreover you will create an elevator pitch. Being able to pitch your own unique set of skills can assist you in your future employability. Therefore, a coach will guide you through the process of making this pitch, and you will hand in a video of the pitch.

For more Information visit: www.co-challenge.com or contact m.c.gerbrands@umcutrecht.nl

This course is inspired from a co-creation event: Edu Challenge

Literature/study material used:
-

Registration:
Students can register via the website https://www.co-challenge.com/apply/. Please follow the instruction on the website.

The registration is open for all UU students (3y Bachelor, MSc, PhD), recent alumni and HBO students.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
No

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes

Remarks
There is a limit of 25 students. Registration is on first come, first served basis (max. 6 students per bachelor/master) if the applicant will meet the following criteria:

  • You are available (full time) during the course (9:00-16:30).
  • Short motivational letter why you want to attend this elective course.

The theme of this years’ real-world problem is “Students Wellbeing and Stress”. You will be developing a concept for the City of Utrecht. A detailed description of the assignment will be presented online before the start of the course and face-to-face on day 1 of the course.

The course will be offered in English.

Schedule
A detailed schedule will be online before the start of the course and handed at the first meeting. We will start every day at 09:00 a.m. with an informal activity and end around 16:30 p.m. On day 4 the day ends at 18:30 p.m. due to the networking event.

Communicating Life Sciences

Period (from – till): 13 September 2018 – 15 November 2018.
Faculty
Course coordinator: Eva Herold, Msc, programme advisor BMS, UMC Utrecht, - If you have any questions regarding the content of the course, please contact the lecturer.
Lecturer: Connie Engelberts, MSc, science editor, UMC Utrecht
Course description
During this course, the participants will write and edit articles for three editions of a digital newsmagazine from the Graduate School of Life Sciences. The course starts with three meetings in which the students learn to identify interests of their target group, practice interview techniques and exercise in popular science writing. In the second half of the course, the students will form an editorial board and write at least three popular science articles about Utrecht life sciences research. The course is available for 4-10 students.

Previous issues of Master for life magazine can be found here.

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Literature/study material
N.A.
RegistrationYou can apply for this course for 2018-2019 starting from July 1st and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before July 1st will not be taken into account.
You can register via the Study Guide.The maximum number of participants is 10, with a minimum of 4.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

English for Academic Purposes

Period (from – till): Seven times a year. The exact dates are displayed in the table below.
Faculty
Teachers from Babel Talen, Utrecht

Course description
The Babel Language Institute organises an 'English for academic purposes' course specifically for Life Sciences students. You can take this course as part of your elective component, if your programme coordinator agrees.

This English for Academic Purposes course focuses on giving academic presentations and writing an academic paper. The students’ own subjects will be used as a basis for language work. We will consider some essential elements of a presentation: opening, closing, signposting the organisation, referring to visuals, handling questions, adopting the right body language, and involving the audien­ce. Students will learn how to give feedback and will improve their oral fluency and their vocabulary throughout the course.Furthermore, we will focus on language aspects relating to writing an academic paper. We will analyse its information and look at language conventions. Moreover, we will discuss some issues involving punctuation, formal and informal English, wordiness and the use of linking words. This course aims to develop and improve the writing and presenting skills students need in their master programme. In addition, students will activate and expand their vocabulary and improve their fluency in English.

The course length is 10 meetings of 2 hours. Students need to invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week. Students will pass the course if they attend at least nine meetings, have given a presentation, and have handed in a paper.
Literature/study material used
Textbook (writing and presenting scientific papers) and loose-leaf material will be handed out during the meetings.
RegistrationRegistration is on a "first come, first served" basis. You can register for the course through the Study Guide for courses in period 1 (groups 1 and 2 with starting date before November 12th 2018). Registration for the remaining courses in period 2-4 (groups 3-7 with starting dates after November 12th 2018) will be through OSIRIS. In the table below the corresponding registration periods for each edition have been added under the group number, to indicate which one you should use when registering via Osiris Student in Period 2-4.The maximum number of participants per group is 10, the minimum 6.
Mandatory for students in Master’s programme
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge
The English proficiency is of an upperintermediate to advanced level.

Teaching Schedule:
The course is taught from 19:15-21:15 in the Hijmans van den Bergh building.Group:
Osiris:group 1
BMS P1 Agroup 2
BMS P1 Bgroup 3
BMS P2 Agroup 4
BMS P2 Bgroup 5
BMS P3 Agroup 6
BMS P3 Bgroup 7
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Essentials of Neuroscience

Period (from – till):
Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-face course: 21 January 2019 - 1 Febuary 2019
Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience Online course: 7 January 2019 - 22 March 2019
Faculty
Ramakers, Adan, Burbach, Pasterkamp, De Graan, Kas; UMC Utrecht, Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, Department of Translational Neuroscience
Course descriptionOverall aim
The aim of the course is to provide sufficient background in molecular and cellular neuroscience to understand mechanisms underlying psychiatiric and neurological diseases.

Description of the Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-face course:
This intense two weeks course is intended for non-neuroscience master students who want to get more background into neuroscience. The lectures during the course cover a broad range of neuroscience topics from gene to neurological disease and include neuro-anatomy, neurodevelopment, synaptic plasticity, neurogenetics and diseases such as Epilepsy, Anorexia nervosa, Obesity and Parkinsons disease and are given by experts from the Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neurosciences. During the afternoons the students will work in couples on an assignment on a neurological disease. This assignment will results in a scientific presentation on the disease, which will discuss all aspects covered in the lectures, ranging from clinical symptoms and treatment, to molecular and cellular mechanisms, to genetic studies and genes involved. These presentations will be held on the last Friday during a symposium.

Description of the Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience Online course:
This online course gives you a unique opportunity to study the state of the art insights in Neurosciences, discover the research strengths of UMC Utrecht and experience our educational philosophy.With participants from all over the world you will follow weblectures by top UMC Utrecht neuroscientists, discuss recent developments in this field and make assignments and group projects online. This course gives you a unique opportunity to study the state of the art insights in Neurosciences, discover the research strengths of UMC Utrecht and experience our educational philosophy. Wherever you are, whenever you are available you can join our academic community of eager, young minds from behind your computer!
The course will consist of web lectures by renowned experts as well as articles, group assignments, individual assignments, peer feedback and feedback from teachers. During the course you will interact with other participants through assignments and discussions. The course will be moderated actively by professional moderators and teaching staff of the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus of UMC Utrecht.

Literature/study material used:
Parts of Neuroscience (Purves et al., Sinauer Ass.Inc., Sunderland, Massachusetts, 4e editie, 2004 (ISBN 978-0-87893-697-7)) and recent reviews and original articles.

Registration:
Essentials of Neuroscience Face-to-face course: apply at least 1 week before start of course. Register via the study guide. The maximum number of participants is 40.
Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience Online course: apply at least 3 weeks before start of the course. Register via the study guide. The maximum number of participants is 16.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
BoD students: This course is one of the specific cardiovascular BoD-courses. Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.
This is not applicable for the online variant of this course.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes, except for NSCN students.

Prerequisite knowledge:
No special requirements.

Fundamentals of Biofabrication, online course

Period: 1 April - 2 June 2019

Practical information
This is an online course stretching over 9 weeks with a study load of approximately 10 hours per week.
Please note: the course contains weekly deadlines for individual and group assignments, so students should take this into consideration when signing up​.

Course coordinator: : Paulina Nuñez Bernal, MSc (p.nunezbernal@umcutrecht.nl)
Lecturer: Prof. dr. ir. Jos Malda

Course content
Biofabrication combines advanced 3D fabrication techniques with biological systems to create complex tissue constructs, which can be applied for tissue engineering, as 3D in vitro biological models, or as medical therapeutic products. This online course aims to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge on the various aspects of biofabrication, including 3D printing techniques, biomaterials, tissue engineering, applications, translation and ethics.

The subjects being addressed:

  • 3D printing history, techniques, applications
  • CAD/CAM, 3D modelling, STL, G code
  • Medical imaging to printing
  • 3D printing techniques: additive manufacturing, robotic
    dispensing, fused deposition modelling, electrospinning,
    stereolithography, powder printing, metal printing
  • 3D printing in the clinic: devices and implants
  • Biomaterials: polymers, bioinks, tissue­derived matrices
  • Cells and stem cells
  • Cell printing
  • Applications: cartilage, liver, cardiovascular system,
    organ­on­a­chip, in vitro models
  • Translation, bench­to­bedside
  • Automation, implementation, regulation
  • Ethics

The added value for the participants:
This course provides fundamental knowledge on biofabrication and is developed by a leading research group within the biofabrication field. Weblectures are given by experts in the fields of tissue engineering, materials sicence, mechanical engineering, medicine, biology and ethics.

Registration
The registration will be via the Study guide.
Students from outside the Graduate School of Life Sciences can register for this course by sending an email to Paulina Nunez Bernal. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.

History of Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences

Period (from – till): 14 February 2019 - 18 April 2019
Faculty:
Prof. dr. F.G. Huisman, Julius Centre UMC Utrecht
Course description:
This is a nine-week course that is part of the Research Master History and Philosophy of Science, offered by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. In principle, it is open to all MA students of the Graduate School of the Life Sciences.
Modern biomedical science and modern medicine originated - both epistemologically and institutionally – in the period between 1850 and 1950. The epoch not only witnessed the birth of the modern hospital and the laboratory, but there was a growing awareness that the state had an important role to play in public health as well. Taken together, the hospital, the laboratory and the caring state can be considered as the symbols of modernity.

Over the course of time, the medical scientist and the clinician have become valuable citizens, who transformed our health care system profoundly. At the same time, scientific progress has come with problems and drawbacks. In order to understand modern medicine and health care, it makes sense to take a look at its historical roots.
This course is an introduction to the birth of modern medicine, looking at developments over the course of the ‘long nineteenth century’. After an introduction of five weeks, you are expected to choose a topic that particularly interests you and write a paper about it. Topics may be chosen from any period between Classical Antiquity and contemporary biomedicine.
You will find out that history is not about presenting dry facts about the past, but rather about reflecting the human condition. Medical history is thinking about the ways in which man is dealing with health and illness, with pain and death – both in the past and in the present.

Literature/study material used:
- W.F. Bynum, Science and the practice of medicine in the nineteenth century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
- M. Jackson ed., The Oxford handbook of the history of medicine (Oxford: Oxford university press, 2011):
* R. Cooter, ‘Medicine and modernity’ (pp. 100-116)
* H.J. Cook, ‘Medicine in western Europe’ (pp. 190-207)
* M. Gorsky, ‘The political economy of health care’ (pp. 429-449)
* R. Bivins, ‘Histories of heterodoxy’ (pp. 578-597)
- Chr. Hamlin, Cholera: the biography (Oxford UP, 2009).

Schedule:
PART 1
Week 7 (Thursday 14/2/2019)
Week 8 (21/2)
Week 9 (28/2)
Week 10 (7/3)
Week 11 (14/3)

PART 2
Week 12 (21/3)
Week 13 (28/3)
Week 14 (4/4)
Week 15 (11/4)
Week 16 (18/4) – Tuinzaal, all day

Time and location
Time: on Thursdays, 13.15-17.00 (= 1.15 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
Location: Heijmans van den Bergh Building (HvdB), Uithof (to be reached by bus no. 12 or 28). Rooms differ (power point facilities are available everywhere).

Registration:
The maximum number of participants is 15. Please register via Osiris Student in Period 3 (Please note that this is a small exception in regards to start dates and corresponding Period. Use starting block BMS P3 A). More information can be found here in the Study guide.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
This course is an elective course for all Master’s student of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. It is open to all students enrolled in the Research Master History and Philosophy of Science.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Bachelor’s degree and admission granted to a GSLS Master’s programme or Research Master History and Philosophy of Science.

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

Period (from – till): February - November

Course coordinator: Prof. Niels Geijsen (n.geijsen@hubrecht.eu)

Faculty:
Prof. Niels Geijsen (n.geijsen@hubrecht.eu)
Dr. Margot Koster (M.C.Koster@uu.nl)
Prof. Dr. Guido van den Ackerveken
Prof. Dr. Roos Masereeuw
Dr. Ton Peeters
Course description:The iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine competition), http://igem.org/Main_Page, is an international organization that stimulates students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. The competition already involves more than 100 teams from many universities and institutes. This course offers students the unique possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team on a very challenging project. The students do not only have to design and build a genetically engineered biological system, but also need to get sponsors, attract media attention and finally present their work on different occasions, including the iGEM jamboree in November in Boston.

Assessment is based on participation, the quality of the final report and an individual report to be judged by at least two instructors/teachers.
Literature/study material:
N.A.

Registration
For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen or Dr. Margot Koster. Deadline for the application is February 1. The team is selected from motivated students in a face-to-face interview. (July-august min. 75 % availability is required). For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen (n.geijsen@hubrecht.eu ) or Dr. Margot Koster (M.C.Koster@uu.nl).

Mandatory for GSLS students.
No.
Optional for students from other GSL Master's programmes:Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
N.A.

Laboratory Animal Sciences

Period (from – till): several times a year.
Faculty
Teachers from the Department of Animals in Science and Society , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiteit Utrecht

NOTE: There are different courses offered please read the information on the websites carefully. You should take the laboratory animal sciences course only if you need it for your research project; you must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.

You can find the exact course dates and information for the English taught course here.
More information about the Dutch taught course can be foud here.
Course description
This course is a requirement for conducting animal experiments and teaches you the basics on animal research.
The objective of the course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals and for the quality of research. From the beginning of the course, emphasis is placed on the fact that the scientist is the central person in the design and performance of animal experiments, and that he/she has specific responsibilities with respect to the welfare of the animals used. It is made clear that the use of animals can be accepted only under a set of strict conditions. Among these are that the experiment must be approved by an ethics committee, and must be conducted by persons who are fully competent.Please note:

  • You should take the laboratory animal sciences course only if you need it for your research project; you must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.
  • Because this course is expensive, you need to fill the rest of your elective component with modules which are free of extra costs, in exceptional cases more than one course may be allowed. You have to ask prior approval from the Board of Examiners if you want to take more than one of these courses.

Registration:

  • For BMS students BIFM, BIDM, CSND, EPIM, IMIF, NSCN, RMTM, TXEH: please use the registration form which can be found in the here.
  • For students from BII, ENVB, MCLS, SBM and DINN: please use the standard form of the LAS course which you can find here.

Fill out the form and first hand it in at your Master's programme’s administration desk for approval. You need a signature and financial account number in order to have the form accepted at the LAS administration. In order to get approval from the Board of Examiners please add a signed statement of your examiner that this course is mandatory for your researchproject. After obtaining the approval you can sent the form to the LAS administration.
Mandatory for students in GSLS Master’s programme
No.

Optional for students in GSLS Master’s programme
Yes.
More information in Dutch: click here, in English: click here.

Career Orientation & Professionalisation

This course is in Dutch only!De mastercursus Loopbaanoriëntatie en Professionalisering is een cursus voor masterstudenten van de Utrecht University, Graduate School of Life Sciences. De cursus wordt sinds 2001 gegeven door Jan van den Broek, managementtrainer en o.a. werkzaam bij de Bètafaculteit van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen.
Cursusomschrijving
De student analyseert zichzelf en de arbeidsmarkt en stelt een plan van aanpak op om zijn/haar doel te bereiken. Daarnaast wordt een aantal managementvaardigheden getraind. De cursus beoogt zelfreflectie en externe oriëntatie actief te stimuleren, o.a. door presentaties van individuele competentieprofielen, beroepsprofielen, netwerkervaringen, zoekrichtingen en actieplannen. Verder biedt de cursus de mogelijkheid om kennis, inzicht en vaardigheden met betrekking tot een aantal algemene professionele functievereisten (verder) te ontwikkelen: o.a. multidisciplinair samenwerken, projectmanagement, probleem solving, persoonlijke effectiviteit en leren omgaan met belangentegenstellingen (onderhandelingstechnieken en conflicthantering). De cursus wordt gegeven in het Nederlands. De cursusdagen zijn 7 hele dagen (9.00-17.00).
De cursus kent geen tentamen maar wordt afgerond met een persoonlijk werkstuk. Studenten ontvangen een beoordeling in de vorm van een cijfer. Registration:
Stuur een e-mail aan science.gsls@uu.nl onder vermelding van naam, studentnummer, e-mail adres, telefoonnummer, masterprogramma. Let op, bij te weinig aanmelding kan de cursus niet doorgaan. Het aantal maximaal toe te laten studenten is 20. De aanmelding wordt geaccepteerd indien er plek is en na bevestiging.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme: NO.
Optional for students in other Master’s programmes GS-LS: Optional for all GSLS students who have a good command of the Dutch language.

Wat reacties van studenten na afloop van de cursus vorig jaar:
“In deze cursus heb ik geleerd hoe ik mijzelf moet presenteren, hoe ik professioneel overkom. Zelfreflectie vond ik een belangrijk onderdeel. Door deze cursus is mijn koers duidelijker geworden.”
“Ik liep te twijfelen over wat ik kon doen na mijn studie. Deze cursus heeft inzicht gegevens in wat ik wil, wat ik kan en wat ik waard ben op de arbeidsmarkt. Dankzij deze cursus heb ik het aangedurfd op meerdere posities te solliciteren en heb ik een geweldige baan in het bedrijfsleven gevonden”.

Nanomed

Characteristics of nanoparticles such as size, surface area and internal composition make them attractive candidates for use in therapeutic and diagnostic applications. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the nanomedicine field. Every week a theme will be discussed in which nanomedicine is involved: therapeutics (both synthetic and bio-inspired) and diagnostics. We will focus on the applications of nanomedicine in cardiovascular disease and cancer.
 
After an introductory lecture on a specific theme, you will have an interactive meet up with two experts of the cardiovascular and cancer field, respectively. During the week you will work on an assignment together with one of the other students. During the course you will write a research proposal, present a paper and present the unique selling point of a nanomedicine company.  

Philosophy of Neuroscience

Period (from - till): June 2019

Course description
This course is offers compact, rigorous and practical journey in the philosophy of neuroscience, the interdisciplinary study of neuroscience, philosophy, cognition and mind. Philosophy of neuroscience explores the relevance of neuroscientific studies in the fields of cognition, emotion, consciousness and philosophy of mind, by applying the conceptual rigor and methods of philosophy of science. The teaching will start with the basics of philosophy of science including the work of Popper, Lakatos, Kuhn and Feyerabend, and use a methodological evaluation scheme developed from this work that allows rigorous evaluating neuroscientificresearch as science or pseudoscience. Furthermore, there will be attention for the historical routes of neuroscience starting with Aristotle, and the conceptual problems in neuroscience, methodological confusions in neuroscience, dualism and fysicalism. The main aim of the course is provide wide-ranging understanding of the significance, strengths and weaknesses of fields of neuroscience, which helps in critical thinking, creativity, methodological precision and scientific writing.

Literature/study material used
Book Chapters and Articles on Neurophilosophy and Philosophy of Neuro(science).
Registration
Via the study guide.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
No

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes

Radiation Safety 5B

Period (from – till): Several times a year. The exact dates will be published on the website of TU Delft.
Faculty
W.F. Wiersma, PhD, head of the training centre/tutor in Utrecht, NCSV
Course description
This course can be followed in English and in Dutch. Go to the website for detailed information (select the 2,5 day course. PDF with details available).
Unfortunately there seems to be no English page available. If anything is unclear, please contact the person under "informatie" in the PDF with details on the website via the link above.

The radiation safety course 5B level is open to MSc students who need it for their research project. You must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.
Please note: Because this course is expensive, you need to fill the rest of your elective component with modules which are free of extra costs. The costs of the radiation safety course at level 4B will not be reimbursed.
The course Health Physics expert level 5B is meant for radiation experts in situations where radioactive sources with a low risk of exposure are used. The course offers a useful introduction in working with ionizing radiation for all kinds of radiation workers, such as laboratory personnel, technical staff, medical personnel and workers in industry. Because of the diversity in work environment of the participants, the course will not focus on one specific radioisotope.
A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is used for this course. Participants will have to study before the start of the training. This can be done independently and all students are fee to choose their own study moments.
The course level 5B is open to MSc students who will have to work with radioactive material during their research project. You must have permission from your supervisor and your program coordinator.
The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions. After passing this exam, you will receive the certificate Health Physics expert level 5B and are allowed to work independently with radioisotopes.

The courses will be taught at the Ornstein Laboratory, Princetonplein 1, De Uithof, Utrecht.
More information, contact details and registration form can be found here.
Literature/study material
Practical Radiation Protection (J. van den Eijnde, M. Schouwenburg)
(in the course fee included)

Registration
To register:
1. Fill in the General application form for electives;

After approval fill in the from below of the TU Delft
2. Form of the TU Delft

Mandatory for GSLS students.
No.
Optional for students from other GSL Master's programmes:Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
The course is based on participants with a technical, medical or scientific education on university level. A good knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics is necessary.

Science and Society

Period (from – till): 11 January 2019 - 7 June 2019
Note: The Course schedule is: January 11, February 22, March 15, May 17, June 7 and optional date November 22 (a lecture from the PhD course open for students of this course), 2019. The exact schedule of lectures is available in the detailed desciption through the link below.
Faculty
Prof. dr. F.G. Huisman, Julius Centre UMC Utrecht;
Dr Annemieke Meijer
Guest lecturers
Course description
A detailed description of the course can be found here on the Study Guide.

In modern life, science is everywhere. The products of biomedical science and technology may help achieve a healthy society and economic progress. They may even prolong life and make it more agreeable at the same time. But how much do we really know about the production, implementation and evaluation of scientific knowledge? What, exactly, is the basis for our belief in science? What sets it apart from common knowledge? Who should we trust in case two scientists disagree in a hotly debated issue? Is science a vocation or just another profession? Is scientific knowledge something special to be emulated, or ‘just another opinion’? Are scientific facts discovered or socially constructed? How are science and technology embedded in society and how do they change over time?

Whoever wants to become a scientist, should be aware of these and similar questions; (s)he should not just know about the contents of scientific knowledge, but about its context as well. This course sets out to create that awareness. Until recently, it was only available to PhD students. Now, an abridged version is offered to graduate students. In six Friday afternoon sessions, the historical, philosophical, sociological and ethical dimensions of the biomedical sciences will be discussed.

For those of you who are interested in a public debate that is now going on with regard to science and the university, see www.scienceintransition.nl and http://www.wetenschapsagenda.nl/.

The course will be assessed by means of a writing assignment: you will be asked to submit a 1500 word paper on any topic, related to the theme of the course.

You will write an argumentative essay: one in which you discuss a controversial issue, take up a position and give supporting arguments aimed to persuade your readers to accept your claim(s). It is different from the types of text that you may be used to writing (lab reports, research papers) in that the writer has a clear voice – he or she is present in the text, which allows for (or indeed, requires) a considerable amount of creativity and personal choice. You may use a variety of sources, both scholarly and popular (newspapers, magazine articles).

Your essay will be graded on the basis of the following criteria:

  • information: detailed, accurate, relevant
  • structure: rigorously argued, logical, easy to follow
  • interpretation: evidence of independent thought and critical analysis
  • use of evidence: key points supported with evidence, critically evaluated
  • academic referencing: good use of academic referencing conventions
  • style & use of language

Literature/study material used:
Three articles, taken from the Golem-series by Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch:

- ‘Introduction: the Golem’ and ‘The Germs of Dissent: Louis Pasteur and the Origins of Life’ in: Collins and Pinch, The Golem. What You Should Know about Science (Cambridge UP 1993), 1-3 and 79-90.
- ‘ACTing UP: AIDS Cures and Lay Expertise’ in: Collins and Pinch, The Golem at Large. What You Should Know about Technology (Cambridge UP 1998), 126-150.
- ‘Vaccination and Parents’Rights. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and Pertusis’ and ‘The Themes Revisited’ in: Collins and Pinch, Dr. Golem. How to Think about Medicine (The University of Chicago Press 2005), 180-204 and 205-224.

In addition to these articles, speakers will provide one or two articles on the topic of their lecture. When possible, we will send an email with these attachments before the meetings, so that you can prepare the topics to be discussed. Students should print the documents themselves.

Registration:
The Course schedule is: January 11, February 22, March 15, May 17, June 7 and optional date November 22 (a lecture from the PhD course open for students of this course), 2019.
Please register via Osiris Student in Period 3 (Please note that this is a small exception in regards to start dates and corresponding Period. Use starting block BMS P3 A) Please also be aware that the course starts on January 11th and therefore the re-registration for this course is only available on January 10th since afterwards the course has already started. More information can be found here and by sending an email before November 25th 2018 to Ms M. van Dijk-Okla: m.vandijk-okla@umcutrecht.nl, including the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Home Address
  • Zip code and City
  • A short motivation

The maximum number of students is 25.
All Master’s students of the Graduate School of Life Sciences are welcome to attend the course. There is, however, a maximum capacity of 25 participants. Should there be more applicants, the final 25 will be selected on the basis of their application letter.
You are expected to be an active participant, i.e. to prepare the topic and to take part in the general discussion.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Bachelor’s degree and admission granted to a GSLS Master’s programme

Societal challenges for life science scientists: exploring interdisciplinarity

Period (from - till): 3-14 December 2018

Course coordinators:
Dr. ir. M.E.G.L. Lumens
Dr. G.M.J. Ramakers

Course description:
One overarching interdisciplinary theme will be chosen each year. This year the theme is Food and health. In the first few days, lecture/discussion will be organized with experts in the field to help students familiarize with the topic, get an overview of the current debate, and the problems to solve. In the meantime, students will be instructed on the principles of interdisciplinary research.
Students form interdisciplinary groups of 3/4 and develop a research question within the theme that captured their interest. After presenting their plans and receiving (peer) feedback on the feasibility of their plans, students make a concrete plan for the rest of the course period and divide tasks. Each team has a supervisor.

Examination:AssessmentDescriptionWeightONDERZResearch proposal40%OPDRACHTAssignment30%PRESENTPresentation30%
Literature/study material used:
-
RegistrationYou can apply for this course through Osiris Student.
The course registrations of the course will be open at specific intervals based on the starting date.
See the information on the Study Guide.​ Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.
Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Yes.
Prerequisite knowledgeStudents should be enrolled in a master's programme of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

Vascularized Tissue Engineering online course

Period (from – till): 4 February - 31 March 2019
Note: this is an online course stretching over 7 weeks with a study load of approximately 9-10 hours per week. Please take into account that the studyload is divided over the week so you will need to be able to login on various moments (taking into account vacation days).
The e-moderator will keep track of your progression. He/she will score the quality of the content and your responses on all required activities. This results in ‘insufficient, ‘sufficient’ or ‘good’. You need at least a 5.5 for all three individual components to pass the course. ​

Course coordinator: Dr. Joost Fledderus
Lecturer: Merle Maas-Krebber, MSc

Course description:
Tissue engineering (TE) is an ever-growing multidisciplinary scientific field aiming at replacing injured, missing or damaged tissue. Current researchers in the field use different principles, knowledge and techniques from (stem) cell biology, vascular biology, medicine, biomaterials and bioengineering. Vascular and vascularized tissue engineering take prominent places within this field. The construction of blood vessels is both an independent target for replacement therapy as well as an integral part of larger constructs. A crucial challenge in obtaining large sized functional TE scaffolds (>1 milimeter in any dimensional space) is how to introduce a complex vascular tree that supplies a steady medium and blood stream for the expanding tissue to meet oxygen en nutrient demands.
This course teaches Master students’ in-depth and hands-on knowledge on developmental and adult blood vessel formation in health and disease and the current clinical treatments for which vascular(ized) TE is thought to be eligible. Moreover, we will address state of the art techniques of vascular(ized) TE, including the use of biomaterials and cell sources for bioreactor-cultured and in situ applications.

This course teaches fundamental knowledge on vascular and vascularized tissue engineering, adding significantly to the currently available curriculum concerning angiogenesis, vascular repair and remodeling, regenerative medicine and cardiovascular disease. Participants in this e-course will benefit from the flexible work hours, enabling participation parallel to writing a thesis or doing an internship abroad. This course was developed using collaborative partners leading in regenerative medicine and cardiovascular disease. Grading of this course will be based on handing in a graphical abstract (group assignment), an individual assignment and on individual participation during the course and in discussion forums.

Required Materials:
N.A.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme:
N.A.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Open as an elective to GSLS students from the programmes RM&T, BFAB & BOD.

Registration:
Please register via the Study guide. Deadline for registration is January 25th. The maximum of participants is 16.
Students from outside the Graduate School of Life Sciences can register for this course by sending an email to m.m.krebber@umcutrecht.nl (link sends e-mail). Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.

Prerequisite knowledge:
Master student RMT, BOD, Biofab