Utrecht University

Infection and Immunity, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    18201
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
We need well-trained and creative minds to help us solve public health problems of the future. Do you see yourself tackling the increasing incidences of allergies and autoimmune disease, working on emerging infections such as Ebola and MRSA? Would you spend your time on developing personalised medicine to treat cancer or chronic inflammatory diseases? Join the Infection and Immunity programme at Utrecht University!
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The right choice for you?

This Infection and Immunity programme at Utrecht University gives you the knowledge and research expertise needed to solve the public health problems of the future. Emerging infectious are a threat to human and animal well-being and an increasing number of allergies and chronic inflammatory diseases have a major impact on individuals and society as a whole. Knowledge of the immune system provides us with potential health care solutions for cancer, transplantation and downregulation of a hyperactive immune system as for example in rheumatoid arthritis. By training students in the field of Infection and Immunity, this programme contributes to accumulation of knowledge that is directly or indirectly leading to faster diagnosis of diseases and better treatment options.

This master’s programme will give you a firm foundation in the field of infection and immunity and covers a variety of topics such as fundamental and clinical immunology, vaccines, immunotherapy, mechanisms of infectious diseases, molecular epidemiology of infections, virulence factors of microorganisms, and resistance to treatment.

Why study Infection and Immunity At Utrecht University?

Infection, immunity, and the role of microflora in human and animal welfare is one of Utrecht University’s core research areas and the Graduate School of Life Sciences is home a large number of world-leading research groups working in this field. Utrecht’s life science campus comprises over 50 Infection and Immunity groups in the field of human and animal health covering the whole range from molecular biology to population level. This two-year research master offers an unique combination of studying Immunology and infectious diseases in one comprehensive master’s programme including extensive training in laboratory research skills. As a student you will have the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups.
Infection and Immunity has intensive collaboration with international research institutes, allowing students to do their minor internship abroad at prestigious partner universities all around the world.

What you’ll learn

As a Master’s student of Infection and Immunity, you will take theory courses and seminars, as well as master classes led by specialists in the field. You will study molecular, cellular, and clinical aspects of pathogens and immune responses. During your six to nine month internships you work in a lively research environment during which you will gain hands-on experience of biomedical research in Infection and Immunity. We believe that understanding both pathogens and host reactions provides deeper insight into the mechanisms of illness, so you will complete internships in both infection and immunity.

The annual scientific symposium is a particular highlight. This symposium is organised by Master’s students and features talks by international experts and poster presentations by second year Master’s Infection and Immunity students on their own areas of research.

Career in infection and immunity

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to undertake research that will help prevent, diagnose, and treat infectious diseases and immune disorders. The majority of our alumni continues their career as a PhD-student in the field
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Accreditation

  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

I&I specific courses
  • Clinical immunology
  • Bacterial pathogenesis
  • Virology
  • Signalling and techniques in I&I
  • Vaccines
  • Symposium I&I
General courses
  • Introducing life sciences
  • Life sciences seminar
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in life sciences & health seminar
  • Communicating life sciences
  • Academic writing
  • History of medicine and the biomedic
  • Career orientation & professionalisation
  • Science and society
  • English for academic purposes
  • Laboratory animal sciences
  • Radiation safety 5b
  • Basics of biostatistics
  • Biology of disease - infection and immunity

Audience

This Master’s programme is aimed at highly motivated candidates with strong backgrounds in biomedical sciences who want to work in the field of infection and immunity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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  • You have a University Bachelor’s Degree (equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor’s Degree) in: Biomedical sciences; Biology; Molecular life sciences; Chemistry; Biotechnology; Other relevant science programme
  • You are able to demonstrate in depth knowledge and insight in the field of Infection and Immunity as demonstrated by 15 EC earned in total in these fields. Preferably one of the followed courses is level Bachelor year 3. In depth (level Bachelor year 2 and 3) knowledge of and insight in: immunology, virology and/or prokaryotic microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology.
  • Basic knowledge in biostatistics.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 18201 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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