The programme will shape you into a scientist skilled in performing research with a technological and regenerative medicine character. All basic and advanced skills you will master during the two-year programme will equip you to become an interesting and attractive candidate for potential employers. You may meet these employers during your Master’s programme.
UU Career Services offers training related to career orientation and job application skills; examples include writing an application letter and CV and conducting a job interview. You can find more information about career services on UU Career Services for Dutch students or UU Career Services for international students.
During your research projects, you will be exposed to potential employers. Your supervisor as well as other lab and group members (who may be able to offer you a future position) will notice you during a project. These supervisors may be in academia, but might also work in industry. In addition, you may meet potential employers during workshops, symposia, or seminars. The student association Mebiose also organises meetings dedicated to career opportunities and prospects.
In consultation with the Programme Coordinator, you can focus your programme on obtaining all the skills required for a certain career path.
In addition to individual guidance, group based career orientation is available in the project ‘Navigation towards personal excellence’. This starts with information about profiles, valorisation, and speed dates with alumni during the mandatory Graduate School of Life Sciences (GS-LS) general course at the start of all Master’s programmes and continues during three workshops and reflection days within the Master’s programme spread over the two years. ‘Career lunches’ with our own life sciences researchers within the GS-LS offer a personal view on someone’s career path. On top of this, you can use your electives for several related course on career orientation. All these activities will be embedded in the newly developed careers centre.
Academic and professional knowledge and skills
You will be trained to independently:
- conduct a literature review;
- design a study that is suitable to answer research questions in the field of regenerative medicine and technology;
- carry out research in your specific field(s) of training (e.g. synthesising biomaterials, isolating and culturing stem cells, MRI-based imaging, creating and culturing engineered tissues);
- analyse, process, and interpret experimental data;
- write a report or article on your study results.
Further, you will be able to:
- describe the development and pathology of specialised tissues and appreciate the rationale for regenerative medicine strategies;
- understand and apply cell engineering techniques and (environmental) signaling to improve cellular behavior in regenerative medicine;
- describe and distinguish between different in vitro, in vivo, and ex vivo research models and techniques and determine which models/techniques can be used to answer a specific research or clinical diagnostic question;
- think of a strategy from bench-to-bed to answer a specific research question;
- describe the ethical considerations your research is facing;
- effectively communicate and function in multidisciplinary groups and interact with people from varying backgrounds.