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Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation

Opbouw programma

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Colloquium I (3 EC)
Introduction to Research Project I (3 EC)
Research Project I (30 EC)
Topclass I: Recent developments in medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences (11 EC)
Topclass II: Modern techniques in medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences (9 EC)
Topclass III: Theoretical preparation for advanced research in medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical sciences (4 EC)
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Capita Selecta (6 EC)
Colloquium II (3 EC)
Elective A) Extension Research Project II, B) Elective Course, C) Track Dedicated Elective Course (5 EC)
Introduction to Research Project II (3 EC)
Research project II (30 EC)
Topclass IV: Project design (5 EC)
Topclass V: PhD project proposal (8 EC)

As a student you can focus on your interest and aspirations by participating in one of the following tracks after the first semester:

  • Oncology
  • Medical neurosciences and neurological diseases
  • Infection and immunity
  • Medical nutrition and metabolic diseases
  • Medical system biology and bioinformatics
  • Drug innovation

At the end of the second year, you will write and defend your own PHD research proposal.

As a student you can focus on your interest and aspirations by participating in one of the following tracks after the first semester:

  • Oncology
  • Medical neurosciences and neurological diseases
  • Infection and immunity
  • Medical nutrition and metabolic diseases
  • Medical system biology and bioinformatics
  • Drug innovation

At the end of the second year, you will write and defend your own research proposal.

Studielast: 40 uur per week

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief

Students are encouraged to perform their second research proposal abroad, further enhancing their international experience. Previously students have done this at:

  • Children's Hospital Boston
  • Harvard Stem Cell Institute
  • Imperial College London
  • J.W. Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt am Main
  • KU Leuven
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • University Hospital Freiburg
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Münster
  • University of Oxford
Waarom in Groningen?
  • challenging interactive learning environment
  • teaching by top-researchers
  • focus on individual development as a researcher
  • possibility of obtaining a fully funded three-year PhD position at the University Medical Center Groningen
  • challenging interactive learning environment
  • teaching by top-researchers
  • focus on individual development as a researcher
  • possibility of obtaining a fully funded three-year PhD position

Each student is assigned to a mentor who is responsible for the evaluation of the student's progress, abilities, and limitations. The mentor and student have at least one scheduled meeting every three months.

  • Testimonial van Metta Pratt

    What I enjoyed most about the course was learning how the cell and the body work in health and disease and how drugs can influence this on a molecular level.

    My first degree was in Pharmacy. What I enjoyed most about the course was learning how the cell and the body work in health and disease and how drugs can influence this on a molecular level. I realised that I wanted to be part of the community that contributes to this knowledge and discover new biological facts first hand. When I finished my Pharmacy bachelor's course, I chose the topmaster MPDI because of the programme's small class size and promise to strive for excellence. Throughout the two years I valued the close interaction between students and lecturers and I have always felt that everyone involved in MPDI would help me to achieve what I wanted. Looking back, I have learned a lot about how academic science is organised. I've also learnt (how) to be critical and to present my work and I think all of this has helped me both to secure a PhD position and to get started in my project. As a first year PhD student, I'm still learning so much everyday, but MPDI has taught me the basics and given me the tools to learn more. I now work on centrosomes and cilia in fruitflies, something I never have expected to do when I was studying for my bachelor's degree, but my two master's years were an amazing opportunity to get an overview of biomedical research and to discover what interests you the most. Whether that's developing a vaccine for dengue or taking a beautiful picture of a Drosophila spermatocyte to see where a particular protein localises is up to you!

    Metta Pratt, PhD student, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford

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    – Metta Pratt
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