Why this programme?
Systems Biology is an exciting new, holistic approach that combines biology, computational modelling, and mathematics to create innovative models. The ultimate goal is the development of virtual versions of biological systems, which lead to new insights and eventually predictions concerning the behavior of such systems.
Our approach builds on integrating knowledge of biological systems at different scales: from molecules and cells to organisms and populations. Currently, huge amounts of so-called “big data” on biological systems are being generated at astonishing speed. In systems biology this “big data” is integrated and used to make the models that form the foundation of the virtual biological systems.
- A wide spectrum of science courses and skills leading to a multi-disciplinary programme
- Unique combination of biology, computational modelling and mathematics
- An open curriculum that allows you to build your own curriculum
- Innovative instructional format directed to problem solving and student-centered learning (problem-based learning and research-based learning)
- A large proportion of student research in the programme
- An international academic community in close contact with local industry
- Educational setting in small groups meaning high staff/student ratio
- Staff consisting of top researchers (Veni, Vidi, Vici and ERC award winners)
- participation in ongoing, cross-border research, giving you hands-on experience
Hilmi interviews researchers and students to provide a useful overview of the Systems Biology master's programme at Maastricht University.
- 06:49 - Welcome
- 07:12 - What is Systems Biology?
- 15:57 - Courses and curriculum
- 24:59 - PBL/ RBL
- 34:45 - Research at Systems Biology
- 41:42 - Student life
- 48:46 - Admissions
- 54:19 - Questions
Systems Biology is quickly becoming main stream in biological sciences, applicable for academic innovations, industrial applications, and societal progress. Examples are early detection of neurodegenerative diseases, design of personally optimized foods and diets, and a reduction in the need for animal testing by replacing them with virtual, computational models. Are you interested? Then Systems Biology is the right programme for you!
In order to solve the scientific challenges in biological systems, a new generation of multidisciplinary professionals is required that design creative solutions. In our programme, we offer you a vibrant academic community in which you collaborate closely with researchers to achieve the ambitious goals set for Systems Biology: a computer-based virtual version of cells, organs, animal models, patients, populations, and ecosystems. You can make your own unique combination of biology, computer science and mathematics, giving you the unique opportunity to build your own curriculum that suits your interests and needs for a future career. An individually-assigned mentor will guide you in making these choices.
You can enter our programme from a range of bachelor programmes including Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Neuroscience, (Molecular) Biology, Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Data Science, Informatics or Computer Science, Physics and University Colleges. Only by combining different backgrounds and disciplines we can master the challenges in Systems Biology. The holistic and interdisciplinary approach of our programme suits students with a diverse background, who all have an important contribution to the programme.
Crucially, regardless of the programme you personally design, you will acquire all the knowledge and skills that are essential to become part of a new generation of scientists, who will contribute to the rise of Systems Biology.
UM embraces the International Classroom, an environment where our differences become our strengths. From day 1, you’ll be challenged with differing viewpoints and experiences as you interact with staff and students from all over Europe and the world. This kind of interaction brings you closer to the programme’s goal of teaching students not only facts and concepts but also international accessibility and understanding.
The Systems Biology programme has a large international network. All of the faculties and research institutes involved in the programme have connections with foreign universities to conduct student exchanges, receive visiting lecturers and collaborate on research. The university of Liège participates in the programme with teachers and courses. You could, for example, do an internship at our preferred partner, the University of Liège, or at Hasselt University or Fraunhofer IME in Aachen. Practical training at an institute further away is also possible, giving you the opportunity to expand your international network and improve your career prospects.
PREMIUM honours programme
Want to gain that extra edge by getting real-world experience during your studies? The PREMIUM honours programme will help you gain the experience and develop the skills employers are looking for. As part of a team of students and under the guidance of our academic staff, you’ll spend about three months working on a real-world assignment for a company, NGO or educational institution. You'll also work on a personal development plan, receive intensive individual coaching and attend master classes and workshops. All of this will take about 250 hours, but it will give you a lifetime of benefits.