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What will I learn?

Our skin cells, liver cells, and blood cells all contain the same genetic information. Yet these are different types of cells, each performing their own specific tasks. How is this possible? The explanation lies in the epigenome: a heritable, cell-type specific set of chromosomal modifications, which determines cell identity and regulates gene expression. Radboud University is world-leading in studying the epigenome and proudly offers the only Dutch Master’s specialisation on this topic.

What will you learn?

In this specialisation, you’ll look at a cell as one big and complex system. You’ll study epigenetic mechanisms during development and disease from different angles. This includes studying DNA and RNA by next-generation sequencing (epigenomics) and analysing proteins by mass spectrometry (proteomics). In addition, you‘ll be trained to design computational strategies that allow the integration of these multifaceted, high-throughput data sets into one system. You will learn how to work with state-of-the art technology in combination with biological software tools to study complete networks in cells in an unbiased manner.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Medical Epigenomics

As a Master’s student of Medical Epigenomics you’re trained in using state-of-the art technology in combination with biological software tools to study complete networks in cells in an unbiased manner. For example, you’ll know how to study the effects of drugs in the human body.

When you enter the job market, you’ll have:

  • A thorough background of epigenetic mechanisms in health and disease, which is highly relevant in strongly rising field of epi-drug development;
  • Extensive and partly hands-on experience in state-of-the-art ‘omics’ technologies: next-generation sequencing, quantitative mass spectrometry and single cell technologies;
  • Extensive expertise in designing, executing and interpreting scientific experiments in data-driven research;
  • The computational skills needed to analyse large ‘omics’ datasets.

With this background, you can become a researcher at a:

  • University or research institute;
  • Pharmaceutical company, such as Synthon or Johnson & Johnson;
  • Food company, like Danone or Unilever;
  • Start-up company making use of -omics technology.

Apart from research into genomics and epigenomics, you could also work on topics such as miniaturising workflows, improving experimental devices, the interface between biology and informatics, medicine from a systems approach.

Alternative future jobs include:

  • Biological or medical consultant;
  • Biology teacher;
  • Policy coordinator, regarding genetic or medical issues;
  • Patent attorney;
  • Clinical research associate.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,000.00 (13,88,889) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or in a related discipline (in the latter case, students must have acquired at least 60 EC in Philosophical disciplines). The applicant must have a degree with merit or distinction or equivalent. Meaning: a student’s weighted grade-point average in Philosophy in the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor's programme must be the equivalent of 7.5 or more (on the Dutch scale of 10). A TOEFL iBT or 100 overall, with subscores of 22; An IELTS score of 7.0, with subscores of 6.5; A Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency, with marks of C or higher.

For international students

A completed Bachelor's degree

An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted. Entering the Master’s specialisation in Human Biology requires a Bachelor’s degree in: In any case, your previous education has to include courses on human anatomy and physiology.

Medical Biology
Molecular Life Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Biology, with a minor in Medical Biology, Neurobiology or Medicine
or equivalent

A proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

TOEFL iBT: ≥ 90 + subscores ≥ 22;
IELTS Academic: ≥ 6,5 overall + subscores ≥ 6,0 + writing subscore ≥ 6,5;
Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency: C or higher.

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).

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