New insights often emerge where different disciplines come together. In order to understand how things work, it is important to look at things from different angles. At Radboud University you will be studying the interface between biology, chemistry and physics in order to further enhance scientific insights into man, molecules and materials.
This Master's programme is closely linked to the renowned Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (DI). All these institutes have state-of the-art equipment that is capable of identifying the characteristics of molecules, materials and human cells and organs. For example, you could be working in the High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML), with NMR and MRI equipment, a free electron laser, or in our NanoLab. These Radboud institutes have been attracting top researchers from around the world. As a Master's student you will be in a dynamic research environment, working alongside scientists who are leaders in their field.
|diplomaMSc Natuurwetenschappen (research)|
|typeregulier, 120 EC|
|opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd|
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Waarom aan de Radboud Universiteit?
- Radboud University offers internships at a number of associated research institutes, such as the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), the Radboud Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.
- We have close links with high-profile research (and medical) oriented groups on the Radboud campus and with renowned international institutes such as (EMBL, Max-Planck, Marie Curie, Cambridge, US-based labs, etc).
- You can do a six-month internship abroad, giving you an extensive experience in scientific methods in an international setting. Benefitting from our large worldwide network of cooperating research groups, you will have plenty of options, either in research or at industrial partners.
- Courses and internships take place in a stimulating, personal setting.
specialisatie Chemistry for Life
In this specialisation, you'll focus on complex molecular systems in a biological context. The first step is to understand how cells work: which processes are essential to the functioning of a cell? Which proteins are involved? And what is the relation between their structure and functioning? Next, you can start to modify the working of the cell, addressing challenging problems, such as wound healing and drug delivery.
With this comprehensive theoretical basis in chemical biology and hands-on experience in a lab, you'll make an excellent candidate for an academic career. If you fancy a job outside of academia, you can also apply your background in a pharmaceutical company, or any other health oriented institution. We encourage you to explore your dream job during a second internship, which is a perfect stepping stone to your future career.
specialisatie Medical Epigenomics
Medical epigenomics is the only Master's specialisation in the Netherlands covering the function of our epigenome, a key factor in regulating gene expression and in a wide range of diseases.
Our skin cells, liver cells and blood cells all contain the same genetic information. Yet these are different types of cells, each performing their own specific tasks. How is this possible? The explanation lies in the epigenome: a heritable, cell-type specific set of chromosomal modifications, which regulates gene expression.
The epigenome consists of small and reversible chemical modifications of the DNA or histone proteins, such as methylation, acetylation and phosphorylation. It changes the spatial structure of DNA, resulting in gene activation or repression. These processes are crucial for our health and also play a role in many diseases, like autoimmune diseases, cancer and neurological disorders. As epigenetic modifications are reversible, you can imagine the great potential of so-called epi-drugs.
In this specialisation, you'll study epigenetic mechanisms during development and disease from different angles. This includes studying DNA and RNA by next-generation sequencing and analysing proteins by mass spectrometry. In addition, you'll be trained to design computational strategies that allow the integration of these multifaceted, high-throughput data sets into one system.
specialisatie Molecular Chemistry
This Master's specialisation offers a thorough programme in the heart of chemistry, covering all stages from molecule design to application.
Molecular chemistry is a creative science, where chemists synthesize molecules with new biological or physical properties to address scientific or societal challenges. Think of new catalytic conversions, lead compounds for future medicines or the next generation of conducting polymers. Working with chemical structures the possibilities are endless: in principle, every molecule can be made. The challenge is to adapt the 3D-structure to the desired properties and design an efficient synthesis method.
The specialisation in Molecular Chemistry is closely connected to the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM), which hosts world-class research groups and a state-of-the-art research infrastructure. In your internships, you can conduct independent research at IMM, under personal guidance of a researcher. Not seldom this leads to a scientific publication with you as a co-author.
Neuroscience is a flexible and interdisciplinary programme, which challenges you to use your specific knowledge to unravel the workings of the human brain.
Our brain contains many ingenious networks of millions of interconnected neurons. Together, they have a storage capacity and flexibility that far exceed modern supercomputers, or any artificial intelligent system. The Master's specialisation in Neuroscience aims at unravelling the neurobiological and neurocomputational mechanisms of this fascinating, complex system. We study the full spectrum from molecule to man, and from experiment to advanced theory and models.
Neuroscience at the Science Faculty ranges from biology to physics and mathematics, and will thus appeal to students from different Master's programmes. The programme can be readily adapted to your individual academic background – whether that is in the field of Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Computing Science. Apart from fundamental knowledge of the brain, the Neuroscience specialisation also provides you with a general background in the principles of complex systems, and of intelligent behaviour of living and artificial systems.
specialisatie Particle and Astrophysics
This Master's specialisation offers a physics programme that covers the inner workings of the universe from the smallest to the largest scale.
Although Particle Physics and Astrophysics act on a completely different scale, they both use the laws of physics to study the universe. In this Master's specialisation you'll dive into these extreme worlds and unravel questions like: What did our universe look like in the earliest stages of its existence? What are the most elementary particles that the universe consists of? And how will it evolve?
If you are fascinated by the extreme densities, gravities, and magnetic fields that can be found only in space, or by the formation, evolution, and composition of astrophysical objects, you can focus on the Astrophysics branch within this specialisation. Would you rather study particle interactions and take part in the search for new particles – for example during an internship at CERN - then you can choose a programme full of High Energy Physics. And for students with a major interest in the theories and predictions underlying all experimental work, we offer an extensive programme in mathematical or theoretical physics.
specialisatie Physical Chemistry
Learning how to make discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of the fundamental behaviour of molecules and materials.
Most chemical research involves synthesising and characterising new molecules. So basically, a trial and error system. This specialisation goes one step further: it aims at fundamentally unravelling the properties of molecules and materials. How do pharmaceutical molecules arrange in different forms and how does this affect their efficiency as a drug? And in what way does the molecular structure of a polymer influence the mechanical strength of plastics? We try to find the answers by developing theory and applying physical set-ups for advanced spectroscopic experiments, such as high magnetic fields, free-electron lasers and nuclear magnetic resonance.
Studying at the interface between physics and chemistry means collaborating and communicating with people from different scientific backgrounds. Moreover, you'll be trained to work with large-scale facilities and complex devices. These qualities will be useful in both research and company environments. Jobs are plentiful, as almost all industrial processes involve physical chemistry.
specialisatie Physics of Molecules and Materials
This Master's specialisation aims to reveal the 'terra incognita' between quantum mechanics and the classical world and inspiring new technologies.
As a scientist, you're a problem solver. But how do you tackle a problem when there are no adequate theories and calculations become far too complicated? In the specialisation in Physics of Molecules and Materials you'll be trained to take up this challenge in a field of physics that is still largely undiscovered: the interface between quantum and classical physics.
We focus on systems from two atoms to complete nanostructures, with time scales in the order of femtoseconds, picoseconds or nanoseconds. One of our challenges is to understand the origin of phenomena like superconductivity and magnetism. As theory and experiment reinforce each other, you'll learn about both 'research languages'. In this way, you'll be able to understand complex problems by dividing them into manageable parts.
specialisatie Science in Society
Equipping you with the tools and skills to become a professional intermediary between science and society whilst getting a broader societal perspective that will be useful in a scientific career.
Science and technology clearly have a profound influence on society, but the reverse is also true: society significantly shapes the ways in which science and technology evolve. Economic interests, public opinion and policy shifts are decisive for the shaping of science and technology. However, experience has shown that scientists on the one hand and the general public, government and businesses on the other aren't always able to clearly understand one another. That is why experts with a background in science and an understanding of social processes are indispensable.
This specialisation will therefore teach you how to build a bridge between scientific expertise and societal practices. You'll become a biologist, chemist, mathematician, etc. that reflects on the implications of scientific results and advises on how to turn this knowledge into practical use for policymaking or communication purposes. This reflection will not just be scientific; you'll also learn how to detect the philosophical, political and ethical side of issues. You'll make scientists familiar with social perceptions as much as you'll be advising governments and businesses or informing the general public.
specialisatie Science, Management and Innovation
Both the public sector and businesses struggle with the question of how to address sustainability, health, energy and IT security issues. Many of the challenges that society faces are rooted in the natural or computer sciences but have strong links to other disciplines. Solutions require scientists with an additional understanding of the societal aspects of these problems, and the ability to speak the language of and work with all possible stakeholders like scientists, civil servants and politicians.
The Master's specialisation in Science, Management and Innovation will therefore take you out of the lab and place you right in the heart of society. After the first year in which you broaden your knowledge in your scientific field, you'll learn the skills you can use to make a direct contribution to society. This contribution can range from the creation of policies that tackle social issues to project development or market research.
The combination of expertise – science, policy and business – is highly sought after and will prepare you for a dynamic career in business, a job in the public sector or in the a social (research) organisation.
- Science and Education
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onderwijsvormencomputer opdrachten, groepsdiscussie, groepsopdracht, hoorcollege, individuele opdracht, laboratoriumwerk, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, poster presentatie, practicum, project, stage, werkcollege, zelfstudie
doelstellingThe programme depends on the specialisation you choose to follow.
docentenThe courses take place in a very stimulating, personal setting. The lecturers are open to any question you might have on the course matter. They can also provide you with advice on internships or other study-related choices.
studeren in het buitenlandYou can choose to perform your elective courses or internship(s) abroad. There are for example close contacts with the Max Planck Institute in Germany. For other possibilities, you can always contact a lecturer or the student advisor.
Toelating en studiekosten
|1 september 2018||aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018|
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 10856
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 10856
|1 september 2019||aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019|
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To be admissible to this Master's programme you will need a Bachelor's degree in Science with a solid background (30 ec or more) in the fields of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Examination Board will consider whether a student meets the requirements for admission to the Master's programme of their choice.
|€ 500||studiematerialenper jaar|
|€ 300||visa/permitper jaar|
Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten
|€||315||kamerhuur in Nijmegenrond het landelijk gemiddelde|
|€||158||collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar|
|€||80||studieboeken en -spullen|
|€||77||uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen|
|€||132||vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie|
|€||42||vervoernaast de OV-kaart|
|€||1183||totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181|
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|€ 315||gemiddelde kamerprijs|
|20 m2||gemiddelde kameroppervlak|
|€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur|
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Physics of Molecules and Materials
|€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur|
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Particle and Astrophysics
|€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur|
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