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Radboud Biomedical Sciences Master Programs


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Radboud Biomedical Sciences Master Programs

  1. 1. Biomedical Sciences Master’s Programme
  2. 2. Biomedical Sciences • Two-year international MSc • Aim of the programme: An excellent preparation for anyone contemplating a career dedicated to improving human health by doing biomedical research or apply research in practice. • From molecular to human to population
  3. 3. Biomedical Sciences Six major subject areas • Human pathobiology • Toxicology • Clinical human movement sciences • Occupational and environmental health • Epidemiology • Health technology assessment
  4. 4. Biomedical Sciences Three career-oriented profiles • Research profile: preparation for a PhD • Consultancy profile: training in health policy analysis and counceling • Communication profile: training in communication about health issues
  5. 5. Biomedical Sciences Additional programmes: • Human and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA) • Track Infectious diseases
  6. 6. Biomedical Sciences • Personal guidance by subject area tutor • Unique opportunity to combine two majors • Choose one or more minor subjects • Development of reporting skills
  7. 7. BMS: Overview of majorsHuman Pathobiology Health Technology Assessment Toxicology Occupational and Environmental Health Clinical Human Movement Sciences EpidemiologyFundamental processes Human / Population levelBasic research Applied research
  8. 8. Human pathobiology Research on the biological mechanisms of diseases and the development of novel, advanced therapies at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels Mandatory courses: • Cause and effect in tissue damage • Repair and regeneration of tissues and organs • Cellular communication in health and disease •Laboratory animal science / radiation safetyLinks with research at Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS)
  9. 9. Toxicology Research on the effects of harmful substances, from molecular mechanisms to safety testing on new drugs, societal impacts and prevention strategies Mandatory courses: •Chemical mutagenesis and carcinogenesis •Occupational toxicology •Clinical toxicology •Laboratory animal sciences / radiation safety •Research and development of drugsLinks with research at Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS)
  10. 10. Clinical human movement sciences Research on the physiological and physical aspects of human movements including the determinants of health and disease in the human locomotor apparatus and associated tissues. The results form the basis of therapies Mandatory courses: •Tissue: Biomechanics and engineering • Clinical exercise physiology • Neural control of movement and posture • Clinical rehabilitation sciences Links with research at Nijmegen Centre for Neuroscience and Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice (NCEBP)
  11. 11. Occupational and environmental health Research on factors in the workplace and in the general environment that influence health and disease, leading to legislation and improvement programmes Mandatory courses • Health surveillance • Risk assessment • Occupational toxicology • Accidents and disasters involving hazardous substances • Ergonomics and consultancy Links with research at Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice (NCEBP)
  12. 12. Epidemiology Research on the distribution in human populations and the factors that determine it. The results are used to plan health services and to devise strategies for the prevention and control of diseases Mandatory courses • Risk assesment • Genetic epidemiology or • Infectious disease epidemiology • Multivariable statistical methods Links with research at Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice (NCEBP)
  13. 13. Health technology assessment Research on the effectiveness, safety, costs and the appropiateness of medical interventions gives policy makers and practitioners evidence-based choices in health services and patient care Mandatory courses • Cost-effectiveness of health care • Policy research • Outcome assessment • Evidence from secondary research Links with research at Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice (NCEBP)
  14. 14. Additional programme Human and Environmental Risk Assessment (HERA): • Two-year programme for majors in Occupational and environmental health (or Toxicology) • Jointly offered by Faculty of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Sciences
  15. 15. Additional programme: Human and Environmental Risk Assessment• New international master programme, first starting in September 2008• Duration 24 months• Focus on research• Target group: students with BSc in environmental sciences and biomedical sciences• Supported by Royal Haskoning HERA
  16. 16. Biomedical Sciences Additional track Infectious diseases: Courses and internship in combination with major: • Health technology assessment • Epidemiology • Pathobiology
  17. 17. Track Infectious diseaseWith major health technology With major human pathobiology:assessment or epidemiology:Health and disease in the tropics Immunological defense against micro-organismsInternational public health Pediatric infectious diseasesAIDS Severe infectious diseasesCompulsory courses of major Compulsory courses of majorTwo research internships Two research internships(20 + 32 weeks or 2 x 26 weeks) (20 + 32 weeks or 2 x 26 weeks)
  18. 18. Consultancy profile Topics • Policy analysis • Stakeholder analysis • Work breakdown structures and feasibility assessment • Writing an advisory report • Interviewing • Win-win negotiation • Engaging in tense conversations
  19. 19. Communication profile Topics • Processing information • Risk perception • Determinants of health behaviour • Dealing with media • Developing educational and informational products • Effective communication (oral and in writing) • Presentation techniques
  20. 20. Programme design
  21. 21. Course programmeGeneral courses4 week modules, 5.5 EC2 InternshipsResearch profileMajor intership (MSc Thesis): 32 weeksMinor Internship, > 12 weeksConsultancy profile or communication profileMajor internship (MSc Thesis): 20 weeksProfile internship: 12 or 16 weeks
  22. 22. Course programmeElectives • Animal testing and in vitro alternatives / Radiation safety • Drug research according to Good Clinical Practice • Design and analysis of small scale experiments • Research and development of drugs • Communication of biomedical information • Policy analysis and management • Health monitoring • Implementation of biomedical evidence • Qualitative research
  23. 23. Career perspectivesWhat biomedical scientists become• Pathobiologists EC• Toxicologists• Epidemiologists• Researchers at universities and companies• Supervisors of clinical trials• Consultants• Lecturers• Policy coordinators
  24. 24. Why should I choose Nijmegen? • Ambition to do research or to apply biomedical research in practice • Excellent preparation for a career dedicated to improving human health • 70 graduates each year with good career perspectives • Programme is ranked best among Dutch universities (accredited by NVAO) • Unique form of guidance by subject area tutors • The ambiance of the city of Nijmegen and its breathtaking environment ‘again the highest scores for biomedical sciences’
  25. 25. General information Admission requirements • BSc degree in Biomedical Sciences or related discipline in life sciences • Strong motivation to succeed • Fluent command of the English language (TOEFL >600 or IELTS >6.5) How to enrol • Applications should be made by June 1 (Dutch students) • For further details see brochure or Costs • Students from EEA countries (2008/2009 €1,565) • Outside the EU €8,000 per year + one-off handling charge of €75 • Scholarships for foreign students, see
  26. 26. • Radboud University Nijmegen is a student-oriented research university.• Established in 1923 and situated in the oldest city of The Netherlands• Its teaching is geared to students as actively participating members of the academic community.• Personal style of teaching - offering plenty of opportunity to work closely with instructors and fellow students in small seminars - ensures that the university does not become a mere degree factory.
  27. 27. Biomedical SciencesRadboud University Nijmegen