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Master of Biomedical Sciences

Master of Biomedical Sciences

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Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. Virgilius, Georgics (c. 29 BC) Happy the man [or woman] who has been able to learn the causes of things

This unique master degree programme focuses on the novel and interdisciplinary scientific domain of toxicology, molecular biology and epidemiology. Central themes are the complex interactions between individual genetics and exogenous factors present in either food, environmental compartments or their lifestyle that may have an impact on the environment and health.

The specialization Environmental Health Sciences is organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Sciences, which has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary and collaborative research. The objective of this training program is to educate a new generation of environmental scientists who can use the tools of cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry to study interactions between humans and their environment. Topics that are addressed include system biology/toxicology, biomarker development, gene-environment interactions and environmental policy. Students gain skills and knowledge that are applicable in a multitude of organizations including academia, national or local government, health services, commercial companies and private consultancies.

Strengths of the programme @UHasselt

  • The programme focuses on interdisciplinarity to solve complex problems
  • The programme contributes to the improvement of significant societal problems
  • The programme is strongly research-oriented with focus on fundamental research and dissemination of scientific findings
  • You are trained in several specialized research domains with focus on scientific English
  • The programme offers two internships for a total of 60 ECTS credits
  • Topics for internships are available at top-level research groups at Hasselt University, Maastricht University or at other locations in Belgium and abroad (within ERASMUS programme together with universities in e.g. Italy, Finland, Spain and England)
  • You are trained in writing a grant proposal as a preparation of the senior internship
  • The programme strongly emphasizes lifelong learning and employability skills such as communication (writing and presenting), critical attitude, working in team
  • The programme is based on student-centered education: small groups, individual guidance and feedback, ‘face-toface’ education
  • You have the opportunity to present your research findings in an international conference environment
  • The programme has an international and multidisciplinary orientation

Programme coordinators
Prof. Dr Tim Nawrot
Prof. Dr Michelle Plusquin