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Innovative Medicine

The International Master in Innovative Medicine (IMIM) is a two-year master of excellence, focusing on the education of tomorrow's leading translational biomedical researchers.

Do you have the ambition to become a leading translational biomedical researcher? Do you want to receive a degree from the Top-100 Universities of Groningen, Heidelberg and Uppsala? Do you belong to the top of your class? If your answer to these questions is Yes, then the International Master in Innovative Medicine (IMIM) might be for you!

The International Master in Innovative Medicine (IMIM) is a 2-year programme. As an IMIM student, you follow a tailor-made training programme at two or three EU partner universities. Additionally, you have the opportunity to do a research internship at one of IMIM's industry partners or at one of the programme's leading Latin American partner institutions.

The common thread throughout IMIM is the 'From Bench to Bedside and Back' (BBB) Learning Line. BBB helps you get a full perspective on medical sciences, ranging from the underlying basic mechanisms of disease to drug design and the clinical applications of research. The strong IMIM connection with private-sector partners further ensures that you will gain important insights into non-academic perspectives on research. On top of this, you will take part in the IMIM Spring and Summer Schools, designed to foster personal development skills and business savvy.


Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation
Course type
Master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60617
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Medical Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • As a graduate you receive your degree from the Top-100 EU universities of Groningen, Heidelberg and Uppsala.
  • IMIM is a largely tailor-made programme in which you are largely in control of the design your own study path
  • IMIM actively includes the private sector in its programme and provides you with both an academic setting and an industry perspective on translational medicine
Programme
Programme options
International Master in Innovative Medicine (track)
  • IMIM consists of two semesters of coursework (usually semester 1 and 3) and two semesters of research internships, one leading up to a thesis
  • The research internship in the fourth semester may take place at one of the full IMIM partners in Europe and/or Latin America or one of the private sector partners
  • One of the IMIM unique features is the integrated, 20 ECTS, Learning Line “From Bench to Bedside and Back” throughout its 4-semesters
  • All IMIM students additionally participate in a Spring and Summer School. The Spring School is related to personal development (“soft skills”). The Summer School is dedicated to “Industrial Perspectives on Innovative Medicine”, a non-academic view on translational medicine.
  • IMIM has a strong connection with the private sector, including the official participation of associated private partners

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • For an average of 25 weeks
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interviewNo further information
previous education

IMIM allows you to apply with a relevant degree in many different disciplines. Applicants need a Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry or similar.

IMIM is looking for excellent and highly motivated students. To assess whether your previous education and other qualities and qualifications make you eligible for admission to the IMIM partner universities, we require a completed online IMIM application. You can complete and submit your IMIM application via the dedicated IMIM website www.innovativemedicine.eu

For all necessary information on the specific IMIM application procedure, please visit https://www.innovativemedicine.eu/admission

reference letterNo further information
written requestNo further information

Registration procedure

In order to be accepted to IMIM, you need to be an excellent and highly motivated student. We will first assess whether you are an eligible candidate via our assessment of your application file which you need to submit online via the dedicated IMIM website www.innovativemedicine.eu For all necessary information on the specific IMIM application procedure, please visit https://www.innovativemedicine.eu/admission

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interviewNo further information
language test

Students must meet the English language requirements stated below:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL paper based 580, no less than 55 on each section
  • TOEFL computer based 237, no less than 21 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based 92, no less than 21 on each section
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • University of Groningen LCET: Minimum section scores C2 or C1 (one B2 allowed) See: https://www.rug.nl/language-centre/testing-unit/english-lcet/
  • International Baccalaureate, with English as the medium of instruction
previous education

IMIM allows you to apply with a relevant degree in many different disciplines. Applicants need a Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: biochemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry or similar.

In order to be accepted to IMIM, you need to be an excellent and highly motivated student. We will first assess whether you are an eligible candidate via our assessment of your application file which you need to submit online via the dedicated IMIM website www.innovativemedicine.eu For all necessary information on the specific IMIM application procedure, please visit https://www.innovativemedicine.eu/admission

reference letterNo further information
written requestNo further information

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Registration procedure

In order to be accepted to IMIM, you need to be an excellent and highly motivated student. We will first assess whether you are an eligible candidate via our assessment of your application file which you need to submit online via the dedicated IMIM website www.innovativemedicine.eu For all necessary information on the specific IMIM application procedure, please visit https://www.innovativemedicine.eu/admission

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 January 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time

Participation fees are included for students who will receive an EMJMD scholarship. See http://www.innovativemedicine.eu/about/non-scholarship-applicants

Practical information for:

Research

IMIM educates you to further enhance your research skills and become a fully equipped translational researcher. As a graduate you will have a clear perspective on the basic underlying mechanisms of disease, the development of new drugs, and their clinical application: from Bench to Bedside and Back.

In order for you to become the best clinician or researcher you can be it is important to have this perspective..

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								Testimonial of Anna Vidina

    'I always seek to apply the science'

    – Anna Vidina
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    She has two more interviews with Principal Investigators of the University Medical Center Groningen as part of her study programme International Master in Innovative Medicine, or IMIM. Then Anna Vidina (22) will have to decide on a lab where to carry out her internship. ‘There are so many great researchers, that it’s hard to choose.’

    The main topic of this two-year international master of excellence is the translational science. Students gain a full perspective on the medical sciences and their clinical applications. ‘From Bench to Bedside and Back, as it’s called,’ Anna explains. ‘It is quite application-oriented, which I love because it will enable me to apply fundamental knowledge directly in the clinic or industry.’

    Groningen - Uppsala
    Graduates of IMIM receive their degree from the Top-100 EU universities of Groningen, Heidelberg and Uppsala. ‘The international aspect was important to me,’ the Latvian student says. ‘It gives me the opportunity to attend the programmes at at least two of these universities. After Groningen I will finish the master’s track in Uppsala University.’

    Computed tests versus cell experiments
    This first semester was all about coursework and research methods. Next up: the internship. Will it be at a so called wet-lab or rather at a computational biology lab? ‘To find out, I arranged interviews with professors performing research in gene engineering and computational genetics fields. Why bioinformatics and statistics? Data analysis is certainly intriguing. By knowing the molecular interactions and kinetics within a cell, you can set up a computed test. And that means faster results compared to working in the wet-lab, an immense decrease in workload for future researchers and hopefully new breakthroughs on medicine and health practices.’

    Spring and summer
    ‘As a student of IMIM, you have to be pro-active. You have all the possible resources, but it has to come from you to make it work,’ according to Anna. So, to become this leading translational biomedical researcher which the programme promises, all IMIM students additionally participate in five-day Spring and Summer Schools at the partner universities. Anna: ‘These training weeks are designed to develop both personal and business skills. I am especially curious about how entrepreneurship and the industrial perspective on medicine and research have been taken in.’

    Anna’s advice for future IMIM-students:
    ‘Don’t let the admission requirements, application procedure and the fact that you will live in a new country scare you off. I talked about this with my fellow IMIM students, they too were somewhat intimidated to apply. But as it turned out, we were all fit for this. And so can you!’

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