Biomedical sciences are at the intersection of scientific disciplines such as chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics and medical disciplines such as physiology, pathology, genetics and immunology. Within the educational program, based on molecular knowledge, all levels of life are studied. These include the smallest molecules, genes, cells but also living organisms, individuals and entire populations. A lot of attention is paid to disease processes which are the consequence of genetic abnormalities and disturbances in metabolism. In addition, the influence of the environment on human health will be discussed. We study molecular and cellular aspects of these disorders to develop new therapeutics in the future.
The latest techniques and scientific insights from various disciplines play an important role during the education and performance of biomedical research. New scientific domains such as genomics, proteomics, bio-electronics and medical imaging are all part of the study program.
Studying biomedical sciences means focusing on the acquisition of certain competences. A successful biomedical scientist does not only gain the theoretical knowhow but should also be able to apply his/her knowledge in order to communicate, to work in a team consisting of individuals working in different research fields, to efficiently plan experiments,... .
The biomedical sciences study program consists of three bachelor and two master years. In the final year of the bachelor program a first training course, leading to a bachelor exam, will take place. During the following master years two extra training courses are at hand of the students: a junior course and a senior course during respectively the first and second master year. Examples of master internships, offered by BIOMED and the hospitals Jessa and ZOL are: research regarding oncology, cardiovascular diseases, fertility, autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, infectious diseases and neurological diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease. The internships can take place at the research institutes of Hasselt University and Maastricht University, local hospitals, life sciences companies and other research labs in Belgium or abroad.
Extra information regarding the educational program of biomedical sciences is available in the study guide of UHasselt.