Medical Epigenomics

In the specialisation Medical Epigenomics you will focus on approaches and techniques required to obtain a broad and comprehensive understanding of biological systems. This, for example, forms a basis for personalised medicine. The programme is associated with the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), which has a wide variety of research facilities and allows you to perform fundamental and pre-clinical research with maximum efficiency.

Choose this specialisation if you are interested in

  • (Epi-)Genomics and proteomics
  • Computational biology
  • Mechanisms of development and immune diseases

Why study this specialisation at Radboud University?

  • Nijmegen’s biologists and biochemists are leading experts in -omics technologies, and manage both a state-of-the-art mass spectrometry and a next generation sequencing facility.
  • This programme allows you to work with researchers from RIMLS, one of the leading multidisciplinary research institutes within this field of study worldwide.
  • Radboud University coordinates BLUEPRINT, a 30 million Euro European project focusing on the epigenetics of leukaemia. As a Master’s student, you will have the opportunity to participate in this project.
  • Teaching takes place in small groups and in a stimulating, personal setting.

Programme outline (2 years, 120 EC)

The programme of this specialisation depends on the Master’s that you follow: Medical Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, or Science.

Medical biology

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (12 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • 2 Internships (2 x 36 EC)
  • 2 Literature theses (2 x 6 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)

Molecular Life Sciences

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (6 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • 2 Internships (2 x 36 EC)
  • 2 Literature theses (2 x 6 EC)
  • 2 Internship courses (2 x 3 EC)

Science

  • Compulsory courses (15 EC)
  • Specialisation electives (6 EC)
  • Free electives (6 EC)
  • Philosophy elective (3 EC)
  • Internship 1 (39-54 EC)
  • Literature thesis (6 EC)
  • Internship 2 (30-45 EC)

Research internship

During your internships, you will be responsible for your own experiments, under the supervision of one of our top researchers. You will perform one systems biology research internship at the RIMLS, RU Faculty of Science or RadboudUMC. This internship can take place at the Molecular Biology department (Prof. Henk Stunnenberg, Prof. Michiel Vermeulen), the Molecular Developmental Biology department (Prof. Gert-Jan Veenstra), or a related department. The other internship can take place at:

  • RIMLS, RadboudUMC or RU Faculty of Science department
  • Another university in the Netherlands or abroad
  • A related company

For suggestions, you can confer with our teaching staff or the studentadvisor.

Courses

This specialisation contains four compulsory courses. You can compose the rest of the programme with specialisation electives and free electives.

Compulsory courses

  • Trends I and II (6 EC)
  • Protein Dynamics and Networks (3 EC)
  • Epigenomics in Health and Disease (3 EC)
  • Computation for Biologists (3 EC)

Examples of specialisation electives

  • Cellular Imaging in Four Dimensions (3 EC)
  • Behavioural Neuroscience (3 EC)
  • Oncology (3 EC)
  • Molecular aspects of host defense, tissue destruction and repair (3 EC)

All courses and course descriptions are listed in the online prospectus.

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) aims at understanding the molecular basis of disease. It is a leading multidisciplinary research institute within the domain of molecular mechanisms of disease and particularly in the fields of cell biology, molecular medicine, and translational research. If you choose to perform your internship at RIMLS, you will have the opportunity to work with leading scientists and innovative technology, such as microscope and in vivo imaging, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.

Your advantages on the labour market

As a Master’s student of Medical Epigenomics you are trained in using biological software tools to study complete networks in cells, such as the effects of drugs or food in the human body. With that background, you can become a researcher at:

  • A university or research institute
  • A pharmaceutical company, such as Synthon
  • A food company, like Danone or Unilever
  • A start-up company making use of -omics technology

In addition, a considerable group of students find positions as a consultant in molecular biology, a policy coordinator or a teacher.

Admission requirements

You are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biology (with a minor in Medical Biology, Neurobiology or Medicine), Molecular Life Sciences, Science, or a closely related discipline. You must also have a sufficient proficiency in English. Students from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO) should first complete a pre-Master’s programme. Additional deficiency programmes are tailor-made. For details, please visit the website or contact the student advisor.

Application procedure

The programme starts in September. The application deadline is 1 April for students from non-EU/EEA countries and 1 May for students from within the EU/EEA. Depending on your previous education, you apply for the Master’s programme in Medical Biology, Molecular Life Sciences or Science. Dutch students can apply via studielink.nl and international students can apply via www.ru.nl/masters/application. After admittance to the Master’s programme, you can enrol for the specialisation of your choice.

More information

Student advisor Medical Biology: Conny Mooren
medicalbiology@ru.nl, +31 (0)24 365 22 81

Student advisor Science: Marjolijn Roeters
science@ru.nl, +31 (0)24 365 20 29

Student advisor Molecular Life Sciences: Gerrie Coppens
molecularlifesciences@ru.nl, +31 (0)24 365 30 28

Prospectus: www.ru.nl/prospectus/sciencefaculty
www.ru.nl/masters/medicalepigenomics