Why this programme?
The 21st century may well be called the century of medical biology. Amid wide-scale investments in life sciences all over Europe, there is a growing demand for highly specialised professionals in a range of life science fields. The master's in Biomedical Sciences focuses on the state-of-the-art methodology and skills that enable researchers to unravel the molecular and cellular mechanisms in health and disease with the ultimate goal to restore health. You'll explore the relationship between human beings and their environment, from molecule, to gene, to cell and organ, to individual and to entire populations.
Tailor your degree to your ambitions
The programme is versatile, providing a large offering of courses. You also have plenty of opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of interest and specialise in a particular field. You will pick a specialisation, pursue your own research interest and do two internships at approved laboratories of your choice. This means that you have the opportunity to personalise your degree and specialise in a topic that fits your interests. So whether you would like to learn more about for example genetics and genomics, inflammation or would like to pursue a career studying regeneratice medicine, the flexibility of the programme ensures that you can tailor your degree to your ambitions.
A long internship period
Within the master's in Biomedical Sciences, we consider an internship an indispensable experience. You will gain practical and professional experience and will rapidly develop from working on assignments in small groups to becoming an independent researcher. An internship will also give you an advantage when looking for a job. The master's in Biomedical Sciences therefore contains an internship of one whole year, which may take place at UM or another approved laboratory, in the Netherlands or abroad.
I would love a career in academia; first in a PhD position, then as a post-doctoral researcher and eventually an associate professor.
Biomedical Sciences student Raphael Bednarsky posts weekly about his experiences.
He's happy to answer your questions about the programme and about (student) life in Maastricht.