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    Aspiring to contribute to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological disease or cancer? Radboud University's internationally acclaimed Research Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease provides an excellent foundation for a career in academic or commercial research.

    Master's programme in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease

    Only by dissecting the molecular origins that trigger and advance diseases and dysfunctions can we design effective treatments and medicines. The Research Master in Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD) offers you an intensive two-year programme, providing you with in-depth knowledge about health-related molecular mechanisms. In addition you will acquire skills such as academic writing & presentation skills and how to successfully apply for grants.

    Passion for research

    As an MMD student you will be part of a unique research community: the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS). Like you, the RIMLS researchers have a strong passion for research. Their enthusiasm and expertise will be there to assist you throughout the programme, allowing you to acquire thorough knowledge and develop excellent research skills. The RIMLS is one of the research institutes of the Radboud university medical center, so their research is closely linked to the clinic and continually aimed at translating results into treatments for patients. Examples include the translation of insights into the biology of antigen-presenting cells into new immunological cancer therapies and the development of gene therapies for patients with inherited blindness.

    Why Molecular Mechanisms of Disease?

    • A broad programme, allowing you to specialise in your chosen field.
    • Opportunity to interact with established researchers.
    • Group-oriented learning in a small group of highly motivated international students.
    • A personal mentor to help you plan your study programme.
    • A 92% pass rate of the MMD students within two years.

    During the MMD programme you will be following courses in the RIMLS' major fields of expertise: infection, immunity and regenerative medicine, metabolism, transport and motion, and cell growth and differentiation. These theoretical courses prepare you for two research training periods (of five and seven months respectively), during which you will conduct your own research project. The first training period usually takes place at the RIMLS. The second can take you abroad, giving you the experience to work at leading molecular biomedical research institutes such as Harvard Medical School, the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Cambridge or Oxford University. Throughout the programme you also get the opportunity to follow masterclasses and elective courses.

    Theoretical courses (chronologically)

    • Introduction to MMD (2.5 EC)
    • Excellence in Communication (1.5 EC)
    • Science and Society (1.5 EC)
    • Infection, Immunity and Regenerative Medicine
      • Core Fundamental (3.5 EC)
      • Translational Research (2.0 EC)
    • Metabolism, Transport and Motion
      • Core Fundamental (3.5 EC)
      • Translational Research (2.0 EC)
    • Cell Growth and Differentiation
      • Core Fundamental (3.5 EC)
      • Translational Research (2.0 EC)
    • International Masterclasses (3 x 1.5 EC)
      • Theme 1: Immunotherapy
      • Theme 2: Oxygen in health and disease
      • Theme 3: Disease Epigenomics
    • Genomics and Statistics (4.0 EC)
    • Elective courses (11.5 EC)

    Research training periods

    • Research training period 1 (33 EC)
      25 weeks
    • Research training period 2 (45 EC)
      31 weeks, including literature thesis

    Program requirements

    The equivalent of a Dutch Bachelor´s degree in medical biology, molecular medicine, biochemistry, biotechnology or any biomedical education with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology and a minimum of three months lab experience (as evaluated by the Board of Examiners)A challenging interviewFluency in both written and spoken English. In order to meet these requirements international applicants should have:TOEFL score of >213 (computer based)Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

    There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University Nijmegen. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

    Radboud Scholarship Programme

    Open to talented prospective non-EEA students - the scholarship consists of a partial tuition waiver.

    Orange Tulip Scholarship

    Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.

    Radboud University Medical Center Study Fund

    Each academic year about 9 full scholarships are offered to our most excellent international applicants. Eligibility for a study fund scholarship depends on the interview results, the results from previous education, and (if applicable) work experience.

    Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

    Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

    Erasmus Mundus ERANET

    Open for Russian candidates - applicants may be undergraduate exchange students, Master's students, doctorate and post-doctorate candidates, as well as academic and administrative staff.

    Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

    Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,906 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

    DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

    Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

    Dutch Student Finance

    EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

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