Given that fundamental developmental processes are so often impacted by disease, an understanding of these processes is vital to the better understanding of disease treatment and prevention. Adult physiology is regulated by developmental genes and mechanisms which, if deregulated, may result in pathological conditions.
Become an expert on molecular and cellular aspects of development and disease and create a better understanding of processes underlying cancer and developmental biology. Use techniques and applications of post-genomic research, including single cell and next generation sequencing, proteomics, metabolomics and advanced microscopy techniques.
Why you should study the Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology programme at Utrecht University ?
- Study with a unique emphasis on developmental biology, a process with many connections to cancer
- Carry out two extensive research projects at renowned research groups
- Collaborate with national and international research institutes, and gain valuable experience at partner institutions all around the world
- Take courses, seminars and masterclasses led by renowned specialists in the field. The courses are interactive, and challenge you to further improve your writing and presenting skills
- Focus on fundamental molecular aspects of disease related questions, particularly questions related to cancer and the use of stem cells in regenerative medicine
The Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology programme aims to prepare students for PhD study in one of the participating or associated groups. Alternatively, students leaving after obtaining their MSc degree will profit from a solid education in molecular genetics, in addition to their specialised knowledge of developmental biology.
MSc graduates trained in both fundamental and disease-oriented aspects of biomedical genetics are in great demand. They will find their way to:
- academic research
- research institutes (fundamental research)
- the pharmaceutical industry
- policy-making organisations in science and health care
By the end of their Master’s programme, the majority of our students already have secured a PhD position within the Research School of Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology or elsewhere in Utrecht, the Netherlands, or abroad. Even of the foreign students (about 30% of our students are non-Dutch), the majority tend to stay on in Utrecht to continue their studies in PhD positions.
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- Advanced Bioinformatics: Data Mining and Data Integration for Life Sciences
- Advanced Omics for Life Sciencesadvanced Omics Voor Life Sciences
- Advanced R for Life Sciences: in-depth Techniques for Analysis, Visualization and Publishing
- Analytics and Algorithms for Omics Data
- Cell Organisation in Health and Disease
- Chromosome Segregation, Aneuploidy and Cancer
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesBiology Molecular Sciences Genetics View 21 other Masters in Genetics in Netherlands
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- A relevant Bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s programmes that most likely meet the requirements are: Biology, Biomedical sciences, Life Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, other relevant science programme.
- Relevant knowledge, insight and skills. In depth knowledge and insight in the field of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, metabolism, physiology and signal transduction. (advanced Bachelor's level)
- Academic performance: overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables), and grades for relevant courses.
- High level of academic competences
- Personal competences
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International20715 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20715 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.