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.
You will follow a broad biomedical programme that allows you to specialise in your specific field-of-interest. In addition you will acquire skills such as academic writing & presentation skills and how to successfully apply for grants, all essential skills for future researchers
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 contributing to the development of new therapies for metabolic, infectious and immunological diseases or cancer.
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.
The small-scale intensive teaching allows students with drive, motivation and ambition to gain competence in research skills quickly. Group-oriented learning tasks in small groups of highly motivated international students give you the chance to make connections while gaining knowledge and skills you need to excel.
You will have the opportunity to have daily interactions with established researchers as part of research teams, and a personal mentor will help you plan your study programme.
This programme looks much further than the Netherlands. There are three one-week “master classes” that include international speakers. In addition, students spend the second internship in an excellent international laboratory of choice. Examples include Oxford, Harvard, Karolinska, Melbourne, Rockefeller University, Stanford School of Medicine, Barcelona.
The small student group is also truly international. Currently, students and alumni come from more than 15 countries, several of which are outside of Europe.
This unique programme translates disease-related biomedical research in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and genetics into clinical experimental research in patients. The MMD programme offers a broad and interdisciplinary approach with the opportunity for specialisation in the form of electives and internships.Theoretical courses
The MMD programme starts with 4.5 months of theoretical courses. These courses provide a sound basis for a future career in molecular biomedical research.
Besides theoretical knowledge, the courses focus on important skills for scientists, such as:
The programme also includes three, one-week “master classes” in which enthusiastic, top-notch researchers (national and international) discuss the latest cutting-edge research.
All students can choose a number of elective courses. This will allow you to customise your programme and create a focus that meets your professional and academic interests.Research-training periods
There are two 6-months research-training periods during the MMD programme. You will discover what a researcher really does by performing your own research projects under the supervision of experienced scientists. Students are strongly stimulated to go abroad into a laboratory of their choice for the second training-period.
The programme also encourages you to attend conferences by providing a conference budget to every student.
A mentor will guide you throughout the entire programme and will stimulate you to explore your abilities and develop general research competences, including reflection, self-management and mid-and long-term career planning.
Graduates in MMD are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge of multidisciplinary research in the mechanisms of disease and in state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and technologies. During the programme, you will develop a highly critical, independent approach to problem-solving. You will also acquire the basic management skills needed to lead R&D projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
You can apply until:
Always verify the dates on the programme website.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Book IELTS
Minimum required score (Grade C):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
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Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
1. Academic background
Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree with a background in life sciences such as Cell Biology, Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Molecular Biology.
Further academic requirements include:
2. English proficiency
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. 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, South-Korea, Russia 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.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 1,951 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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