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Master of Life Sciences | HAN UNIVERSITY

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Master of Life Sciences | HAN UNIVERSITY

This course will enrich your knowledge in diverse areas: molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, statistics, bioinformatics, immunology and the development of vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tests.

The Keuzegids, an independent consumer guide that rates and compares the quality of all higher education degree courses in the Netherlands, has rated this Masters course as one of the best of its kind. For the sixth year in a row, the Masters course in Molecular Life Sciences at HAN was ranked as top master program. It scored of 84 (out of 100) points, equalling the score of the second best Master of Life Sciences course at Dutch research universities. 

You will become increasingly competent in devising experimental and project strategies, writing scientific documents, and organizing projects. You will deepen and broaden your knowledge, understanding and skills in the fields of scientific research and project management. Your knowledge of quality control, guidelines and regulations, patents, bioinformatics, statistics, finance and business development will help you communicate with experts in these areas.

Your newly acquired competences will allow you to work more independently on complex tasks and be a more versatile professional in your field. Doors will open for you, either within your organization or further afield.


Starting date: September 2019

You can apply until: August 15, 2019

Degree title: Master of Science

Program intensity: Full Time, or Part Time

Program duration: 24 Months, or 24 to 48 Months

Language: English

Program location: Nijmegen

Tuition fee per year: € 2.060


The Master of Molecular Life Sciences consists of 7 modules that focus on applying research to the development of products in various disciplines. You learn to plan and execute projects of a few months independently, while taking both scientific and project-related aspects into account.

Module 1: Fundamentals

This module refreshes your basic knowledge and skills in the following areas: •    molecular biology • cell biology • biochemistry • gene technology • statistics •    using databases • reading scientific articles • presentation skills

Module 2: Drug Discovery and Development

You follow the entire drug development process from the discovery of a suitable target for a medicine in a cell/organism right up to the testing of a new medicine in pre-clinical studies. To this end, you analyze the data of high-throughput sequence analysis, you design a possible medicine and draw up the experimental strategy to make and test it.

You gain insight into the process of medicine development and the related laws and regulations. The context of the case studies is the development of medicines to fight cancer. To complete your assignments, you use up-to-date literature and follow lectures on: • molecular aspects of cancer development • various targets and drugs •    assay development • pharmacology •  toxicology •  pharmacokinetics • statistics •    bio-informatics: analysis of next-generation sequence data • drug registration

Module 3: Production of Biomolecules

You learn about the efficient production of biomolecules for various industrial applications. Topics include: • production strains • fermentation technology •    downstream processing (DSP)• bio-analysis methods • metabolic engineering •    gene annotation • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) • Quality by Design (QbD)

Module 4: Vaccines and Diagnostics

This module focuses on the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests. You map out strategies for the further development of a new vaccine and the validation of a new diagnostic test, while considering the scientific, practical and financial aspects. You also study the latest literature and quality guidelines to complete your assignments. Lecture topics include: • immunology • infectious diseases • vaccine development • diagnostic testing • quality control • statistics

Module 5: Research and Product Development Skills

This module is carried out in your own professional practice. Based on the learning outcomes, educational activities and feedback, you develop your research skills in a professional setting. You create a number of professional products which strengthen your understanding and development in the practical context. For example, you:

  • write a scientific report draw up an Design of Experiments (DoE) • give a presentation • describe the regulatory guidelines and their consequences for your own professional practice • write a business plan/business case

Module 6: Project Management

This module is carried out in your own professional practice. Based on the learning outcomes, educational activities and feedback, you develop your professional and project management skills in a professional setting. You write a project proposal for a project in your professional practice and reflect on its realization and your own contribution. To this end, you learn to define, plan and organize projects and to draw up a risk analysis.

You also develop your interpersonal effectiveness in various ways:

  • You gain insight into work and communication styles and cultural aspects
  • You analyze your own strengths and weaknesses and set out a plan for further professional development
  • You make an analysis of your network and describe how you use it
  • You learn about situational leadership and meeting techniques

If you have work experience in this field, you have probably already obtained some of the learning outcomes of modules 5 and 6. You can then take an exam independently of the standard program to determine your starting level. In that case, you will be exempt from taking certain educational activities.

Module 7: Graduation Project

You finish your course with the graduation project, which is the final assessment of your knowledge and skills. This involves carrying out a project in applied research or product development for the organization where you are working or doing a work placement. During the project, you write a project plan and ensure that it is carried out. After completing your project, you write a report on the project results and reflect on its execution.

The final step is defending your project in front of a board of examiners and discussing aspects of the research/development and project management with a panel of experts.

A significant part of the course is learning in practice. As a full-time student, this will be at your work placement (internship); as a part-time student, this will be at your workplace.

The full-time program (24 months) is especially suited for you if you have just graduated, or will soon graduate with a Bachelors degree, and/or if you are an international student without a workplace within about 400 km from Nijmegen. You will combine the theoretical program of the course with an extensive internship placement at a company. You will spend 3 days a week working as an intern in a laboratory at either a company or institute. The other 2 days you will attend lectures and study on your own.  An internship allowance can help you to cover your tuition fees. The teaching team and internship company select suitable students in advance.

If you already have a job in the field and are able to come to Nijmegen one day every two weeks, you can combine it with the part-time version of this course (24 to 48 months)

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or higher, or TOEFL iBT score of 85 or higher, or diploma’s such as:

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade C (180 - 184)

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

You will be admitted to the course if you have one of the following:

- A Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Life Sciences/Higher Laboratory Education)

- A Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, or comparable disciplines)

If you have a different degree, you can take part in an admission assessment to prove that you have relevant Bachelors-level qualifications.

You need laboratory research experience of at least 5 months to enroll in this course.

In addition you will submit various documents, such as a letter of recommendation from your manager, or a scientific report you have written. An intake interview will also be part of this process. 

August 15, 2019

If you would like to qualify for an internship placement at one of our partner organizations, apply until 30th of April of the year you would like to start the course.

If you wish to enroll in one of HAN’s international Masters degree courses, you need not worry about finding a suitable permanent place to live. We are happy to take care of this for you. The cost will be around €400 a month.

Nijmegen has several student flats, where students often live together with one or two classmates. If you find your own housing, you will have your own bedroom, but you will share the living room, kitchen, shower and toilet.

For more information and assistance in finding your right housing, please contact us on info@studyinholland.gr

Graduates of this course earn the title Master of Science, just like graduates from Research universities. The level is the same, but the focus is different: a student at a university of applied sciences learns to apply research for the development of products that meet the needs of the market and/or society. To this end, they consider scientific and project management skills. For this reason, the course is also referred to as a professional Masters course.

The biotech industry, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and research institutions are constantly in need of competent, goal-oriented, interdisciplinary professionals. With a Masters degree, you will be qualified for challenging positions with great potential for growth.

After graduating, you will be able to plan and carry out a project in applied research and product development in different Life Science fields. You will have a profound knowledge of the molecular and cell biology of prokaryotic and several eukaryotic organisms, and will be qualified to complete projects in different areas of biotechnology.

In addition to your scientific knowledge and skills, you will have the project management skills to oversee the organizational and interpersonal aspects of your project. You will be able to independently plan and execute short to medium-length projects.

An option as a Masters graduate is to further your career with a PhD, preferably in applied research.