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Innovative Medicine

Do you have the ambition to become a leading translational biomedical innovator? Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur and learning how to bring your research from idea to market? If so, the Innovative Medicine track could be the perfect fit for you!

The Innovative Medicine (IMIM) track is a 2-year programme focusing on the education of tomorrow's leading translational biomedical researchers and innovators. It is part of the MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment.

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In addition to a full perspective on medical sciences, ranging from the underlying basic mechanisms of disease to drug design and the clinical applications of research, you will receive training in the basic concepts of entrepreneurship. During the third semester, that includes a Summer School, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from experts in Intellectual Property Rights and Research Funding. Moreover, you will develop skills to explore, evaluate and exploit business opportunities through bio and medical technology venturing.

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Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment
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?

The IMIM track aims to train motivated students in a challenging high-quality multidisciplinary programme to become the next generation of talented (bio)medical and pharmaceutical scientists while gaining insights into non-academic perspectives on research. When selecting the IMIM track you can look forward to:

  • Becoming part of a close-knit international cohort of a maximum of 35 students
  • Engaging in a stimulating multidisciplinary and intercultural approach to problem-solving
  • Gaining insights from the private sector through hands-on summer schools.
  • Applying an industry perspective on translation medicine
  • Receiving ongoing individual guidance throughout your academic journey to help you achieve your personal learning objectives
  • Enjoying the flexibility to select a specialization that aligns with your interests
  • Designing your own study path
  • Benefiting from high quality teaching by renowned researchers
  • Receiving support for both personal and professional growth
  • Having the opportunity to undertake two major (international) medical research internships
  • Having the possibility of securing a fully funded three-year PhD position at the UMCG
Programme

You'll find below the list of mandatory courses for the first year of the MSc in Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment. Click on each of them to see the description.

More details on each course, the assignments as well as their schedule, can be found on the course catalog at https://ocasys.rug.nl/current/catalog/programme/GKMMIT

Semesters
CoursesCourse Catalog >1a1b2a2b
Experimental Techniques in Research (9 EC)

In the course Experimental techniques in research, you will get acquainted with state-of-the-art technologies in (bio)medical and pharmaceutical sciences. The course begins with an introduction week focused on basic programming, statistics, graphing and designing experiments. In the following weeks the following topics are addressed: genetics and genomics, model organisms, imaging, protein research, pharmacology and drug development and translational research.

Mechanisms of Disease and Innovative Therapies (11 EC)

Mechanisms of Disease and Innovative Therapies covers contemporary topics in cell biology for biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. It begins with a one-week refresher on molecular biology and pharmacy basics to ensure everyone has a solid foundation. Then, you will explore specialized research fields and develop academic skills like critical reading, summarizing articles, debating, scientific writing, and presenting.

Colloquium (5 EC)

A colloquium is an oral presentation that discusses research developments in a particular area. It should be a captivating academic survey that emphasizes recent discoveries while also touching on the key unresolved research issues. The colloquium topic is selected in consultation between you and your supervisor.

From bench to bedside and beyond 1 (4 EC)

You will obtain an overview of the research (groups) and PIs (Researchers) within the UMCG/GRIP, learn and apply good research practices, have the opportunity to choose the topic of a possible first/second internship, and compare fundamental research with translational research. Bench means fundamental research, Bedside is patient-related research and Beyond is translational research. You will have to write a report and give an oral presentation describing your analysis, motivation and preferences for Research Project I.

From bench to bedside and beyond 2 (4 EC)

You will prepare a detailed master research proposal following a predefined format. The topic of the proposal has to fit with the translational research objects of the IMIM programme and can focus on a patent application, depending on your preferences. Your proposal will be reviewed by another student and this review, as well as the rebuttal are part of the grading. You will acquire the skills to write a detailed grant proposal and get familiar with the principles of peer review.

Industrial perspectives on innovative medicine (IPIM) Summer School (2 EC)

Industry Perspectives on Innovative Medicine (IPIM), is a one-week interactive school. It provides you with a unique opportunity to learn from different speakers from the private sector (e.g. Pharma, Drug Development, Biotech, Diagnostics and Food & Nutrition), as well as experts in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property Rights, and Research Funding. You'll gain insight into non-academic decision making processes and the societal value of biomedical research. Additionally, you will experience implementing new concepts in your research proposals, including customer value, competition, and competitive advantage.

Research Project I (30 EC)

In Research Project I (RPI), you will gain hands-on experience by conducting experiments, analyzing data, adjusting methods and research questions, designing additional experiments, collecting and evaluating new data, interpreting results, and drawing scientific conclusions. This immersive research internship is done at the UMCG. In the second year, the research project can be done in other institutions or even abroad.

You'll find below the list of mandatory courses for the first year of the MSc in Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment. Click on each of them to see the description.

More details on each course, the assignments as well as their schedule, can be found on the course catalog at https://ocasys.rug.nl/current/catalog/programme/GKMMIT

Semesters
CoursesCourse Catalog >1a1b2a2b
From bench to bedside and beyond 3 (4 EC)

BBB3 (Entrepreneurship, Venture lab & Business Plan), introduces you to research on the specific challenges and issues that entrepreneurs face when starting a new business in a medical context. The course provides insights into the basic skills required to start a new venture from a scientific point of view. The central theme of the course is entrepreneurship as a process of exploring, evaluating and exploiting of entrepreneurial opportunities through, for example (but not only), (bio)medical technology venturing

From bench to bedside and beyond 4 (8 EC)

Study load

40 hours of class and self-study per week on average

Curriculum

Throughout the MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment you will have the opportunity to delve into medical, biomedical or pharmaceutical topics, and explore exciting cutting-edge research methodologies.

Additionally, you will acquire valuable transferable skills, including critically analyzing literature, designing innovative research questions, translating hypotheses into viable research plans, conducting large-scale research projects, and developing effective scientific communication skills, both in written and oral forms. Moreover, you will become proficient in creating persuasive grant proposals.

Programme options
Neuroscience (specialization)

How do neurodevelopmental disorders arise and are they reversible? How is organismal or central nervous system ageing involved in neurodegenerative disorders?

In this specialization, you will be exposed to a range of topics in the field of neurobiology, ranging from fundamental neurobiology, basic research, to more (pre)clinical translational research. We aim to unravel the (epi)genetic basis of central nervous system (CNS) disease. The underlying cell biological defects in the context of various conditions and disorders will be addressed in in vitro models, animals and humans.

For detailed information on neuroscience-associated research, please go to the Department of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems (in particular the sections Molecular Neuroscience and Molecular Cell Biology): https://bscs.umcg.nl/en/

For information and guidance on Neuroscience research, please contact the Neuroscience specialization coordinators dr. Bart Eggen at b.j.l.eggen umcg.nl or dr. Susanne Kooistra at s.m.kooistra umcg.nl.

More information about this option

Oncology (specialization)

How do alterations in the genome, epigenome and/or metabolome drive cellular transformation? How is cellular and/or organismal ageing involved in cancer development?

In this specialization, you will focus on a range of aspects in the field of cancer biology, spanning the entire scope from rather fundamental basic research to (pre)clinical translational research and ultimately clinical trials. We aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms that determine malignant transformation of solid and hematological tumors and to translate these fundamental insights into improved early detection and treatment of cancer.

For information and guidance on Oncology research, please contact the Oncology specialization coordinator prof. dr. J.J.Schuringa at j.j.schuringa umcg.nl.

Infection and Immunity (specialization)

What are the detrimental and beneficial roles of microorganisms in human health and disease? How can we exploit this knowledge in the prevention and fight against infectious diseases? What are the mechanisms that underlay or contribute to immune-mediated diseases? How can we exploit the immune system to treat (immune-mediated)diseases?.In this specialization, you can unravel the mechanisms underlying immune-mediated chronic diseases by translation of basic immunological concepts into clinical practice (and vice versa). You become involved in research contributing to personalized and precision medicine for infectious and immune-mediated diseases. You will be exposed to a wide variety of research topics ranging from the roles of microbes in the etiology of major autoimmune disorders, the genetics of celiac disease to targeting immune pathways for treatment .

For information and guidance on infection and immunity research, please contact the infection and immunity specialization coordinators prof. dr. Jan Maarten van Dijl at j.m.van.dijl01 umcg.nl or prof. dr. Peter Heeringa at p.heeringa umcg.nl.

Metabolic Diseases (specialization)

Is every calorie the same? Does healthy obesity exist? Via which pathways does an unbalanced diet lead to diseases? What is the best nutrition during health and illness?

The prevalence of metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, increases with age and is often associated with a sedentary lifestyle and excessive calorie intake. These diseases contribute significantly to liver, digestive, cardiovascular, and certain types of cancer (gut and liver). Given the global obesity epidemic, these diseases are responsible for most of the morbidity and mortality worldwide. In contrast, rare genetic metabolic disorders - of course! - do not have such a huge health impact, but they provide crucial insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying metabolic processes and aid in the development of new treatment strategies.

In this specialization you will focus on both basic and (pre)clinical translational research related to metabolic diseases. You will develop a strong understanding of the molecular basis of these diseases and receive training on how research, particularly in the basic sciences, can contribute to the development of evidence-based strategies for prevention, treatment, and management of metabolic diseases.

To learn more about the Metabolic Disease specialization within the UMCG and the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP) and to receive information and guidance, please contact the Metabolic Diseases specialisation coordinator Prof. Jan Albert Kuivenhoven at j.a.kuivenhoven umcg.nl.

Systems Medicine (specialization)

A central role for Systems Medicine methods in all biological and medical fields?

Computational methods are as diverse as the questions and problems which they tackle. In this specialization, the students gain an overview of a broad spectrum of computational methods and strategies, including top-down approaches to analyze and model genome scale data and bottom up approaches to study the detailed dynamics of molecular networks. In doing so we will cover multi-scale data across the genome, transcriptome, proteome, microbiome and metabolome. The needs and constraints for acquisition of quantitative data at all scales will be covered, as much as the differences in computational approaches used to analyze different data types.

For detailed information on bioinformatic and systems research and guidance on where to conduct your computational research of choice, contact the Medical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics specialization coordinator Prof. dr. Sebo Withoff (s.withoff umcg.nl).

Drugs and Devices (specialization)

Are you interested in finding new and innovative drugs and therapies and do you wish to improve the use of existing drugs?

The disciplines covered in this track circle around the theme: 'molecules for patients'. You are encouraged to bridge the gap between the fundamental natural sciences (such as chemistry and physics) and the medical/clinical sciences in the field of medicinal products and technologies.

This specialization contributes to the entire field of the pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, from basic areas like drug discovery, chemical analysis and synthesis to (clinical) pharmaceutical practice and patient-oriented research. Knowledge from different research disciplines is combined in the design and evaluation of optimal drugs, products and therapies that are being made available to society.

Research in this specialization is of high societal impact with several drugs or related products developed in-house on the market or in clinical trials, several spin-offs and companies, a strong portfolio of patents and research that contributes directly to healthcare policymaking. For information and guidance on Drug Innovation research, please contact the Drug Innovation specialization coordinator Prof. dr. Hélder Almeida Santos at h.a.santos umcg.nl.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Studying abroad is an optional opportunity for students, providing them with the chance to enhance their international experience during their second research project (RPII).

In the past, students have undertaken their internships (RPI and / or RPII) at renowned institutions such as the Boston Children's Hospital, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Yale University, the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King's College London, the Karolinska Institute (Sweden), New York Rockefeller University, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital (Germany), KU Leuven (Belgium), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UCSF San Francisco, Freiburg University Hospital, University of Cambridge, University of Colorado, and University of Oxford.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Life Science and TechnologyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
BiotechnologyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Molecular and Biophysical Life SciencesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Molecular Life SciencesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Biomedical SciencesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Biomedical EngineeringAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
BiologyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
BiologyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Molecular Science and Technology (joint degree)All Research universitiesNo additional requirements
PharmacyAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Bio-Farmaceutische WetenschappenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Biomedische WetenschappenAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Pharmaceutical SciencesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
MedicineAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Molecular Life SciencesAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Study programmeOrganizationTransition
MedicineUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
BiologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
PharmacyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Life Science and TechnologyUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

With a bachelor's degree in the fields of medicine, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, dentistry, or life science and technology you are admissible. If you have another degree background the selection committee will determine whether your background meets the admission requirements. Feel free to contact us for advice.

grade list

You will need to provide your official university transcript. It should include a list of all the courses you've taken, with the credit hours for each, the final grades you received, an explanation of the grading system used, and your class rank if available. Make sure to include the grades for courses you didn't pass as well.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You will need to send us an up-to-date CV

assessment interview

After the initial selection process, a number of applicants will be invited by the selection committee for an interview. We offer the option of conducting the interview online, so you do not need to travel to Groningen. During the interview, you will be asked to present a research project you undertook as part of your previous studies, give a short presentation on a academic paper, and to elaborate on your motivation to apply for the Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment programme and specifically the Innovative Medicine track. More details here: www.rug.nl/applymmit

language test

Please make sure to visit www.rug.nl/applymmit for more information about the accepted language tests and the required minimum scores.

reference letter

You will need to submit one letter of recommendation written by an academic or previous supervisor

(motivation-) letter

The motivation letter is an opportunity for you to convey your enthusiasm, goals, and suitability for the MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment programme and the Innovative Medicine track. Make sure to describe your expectations for the programme and how it aligns with your future career plans. Additionally, emphasize the qualities and experiences that make you the right fit for it.

other admission requirements

The MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment is a selective master programme for which a maximum of 35 students are accepted each year. Our main focus is on delivering high-quality education, in small groups, so every student gets personal attention and can grow. Therefore a selection procedure is part of the admission process. You can find more details on the application and selection processes on our dedicated page.

Registration procedure

You will find below a quick overview of the application and selection procedure. Make sure to visit our "How to Apply" page for more detailed information .

  1. If you have a Dutch Bachelor's degree, you will first need to register on Studielink.
  2. In Studielink select the Innovative Medicine track: "IMIM track (60617-3508)"
  3. Once registered in Studielink, you will need to send an email to mmit umcg.nl and request further instructions about the application procedure.
  4. Your application will then be evaluated by the MMIT admissions board.
  5. If you are selected, you will be invited for an interview, which can be conducted online or in-person.
  6. After all the interviews are completed the admissions board will review each applications and inform you of the results. You should expect to hear from us within 2 to 3 weeks after the interview.

Selection procedure

We prioritize high-quality education and provide a small-scale learning environment to ensure personal attention and the growth of our students. In order to maintain an engaging learning experience, our programme has a limited number of spots available each year, accepting a maximum of 35 students. To ensure the best fit and experience for our students, we have a thorough selection procedure as part of the admission process: www.rug.nl/applymmit

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 April 202401 September 2024
01 April 202501 September 2025
EU/EEA students01 April 202401 September 2024
01 April 202501 September 2025
non-EU/EEA students01 April 202401 September 2024
01 April 202501 September 2025

Please note:

Applications for 2024-2025 will open in October 2023, the applications deadline is Monday 1 April 2024. All applicants with a non-Dutch bachelor qualification will have to pay an application fee. More information about the application fee can be found on this page: https://www.rug.nl/education/application-enrolment-tuition-fees/admission/procedures/application-informatie/with-non-dutch-diploma/application-fee

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

With a bachelor's degree in the fields of medicine, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, genetics, molecular biology, biotechnology, dentistry, or life science and technology you are admissible. If you have another degree background the selection committee will determine whether your background meets the admission requirements. Feel free to contact us for advice.

grade list

You will need to provide your official university transcript. It should include a list of all the courses you've taken, with the credit hours for each, the final grades you received, an explanation of the grading system used, and your class rank if available. Make sure to include the grades for courses you didn't pass as well.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You will need to send us an up-to-date CV

assessment interview

After the initial selection process, a number of applicants will be invited by the selection committee for an interview. We offer the option of conducting the interview online, so you do not need to travel to Groningen. During the interview, you will be asked to present a research project you undertook as part of your previous studies, give a short presentation on a academic paper, and to elaborate on your motivation to apply for the Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment programme and specifically the Innovative Medicine track. More details here: https://tinyurl.com/SelectionMMIT

language test

Please make sure to consult https://www.rug.nl/research/gradschool-medical-sciences/master-programmes/how-to-apply/language-requirements for more information about the accepted language tests and the required minimum scores.

reference letter

You will need to submit one letter of recommendation written by an academic or previous supervisor

(motivation-) letter

The motivation letter is an opportunity for you to convey your enthusiasm, goals, and suitability for the MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment programme and the Innovative Medicine track. Make sure to describe your expectations for the programme and how it aligns with your future career plans. Additionally, emphasize the qualities and experiences that make you the right fit for it.

other admission requirements

The MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment is a selective master programme for which a maximum of 35 students are accepted each year. Our main focus is on delivering high-quality education, in small groups, so every student gets personal attention and can grow. Therefore a selection procedure is part of the admission process. You can find more details on the application and selection processes on our dedicated page.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS listening6
IELTS reading6
IELTS writing6
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL internet based90

Registration procedure

You will find below a quick overview of the application and selection procedure. Make sure to visit our "How to Apply" page for more detailed information .

  1. If you have a non-Dutch degree, you will first need to register on Studielink, then you will be invited to finalize your application in the online Progress Portal of the University of Groningen.
  2. Once you've completed the registration process, the Admissions Office will conduct an initial review to ensure that all required documentation is complete and verify your educational background.
  3. Your application will then be evaluated by the MMIT admissions board.
  4. If you are selected, you will be invited for an interview, which can be conducted online or in-person.
  5. After all the interviews are completed the admissions board will review each applications and inform you of the results. You should expect to hear from us within 2 to 3 weeks after the interview.

Selection procedure

We prioritize high-quality education and provide a small-scale learning environment to ensure personal attention and the growth of our students. In order to maintain an engaging learning experience, our programme has a limited number of spots available each year, accepting a maximum of 35 students. To ensure the best fit and experience for our students, we have a thorough selection procedure as part of the admission process: www.rug.nl/applymmit

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 April 202401 September 2024
01 April 202501 September 2025
EU/EEA students01 April 202401 September 2024
01 April 202501 September 2025
non-EU/EEA students01 April 202401 September 2024
01 April 202501 September 2025

Please note:

Applications for 2024-2025 will open in October 2023, the applications deadline is Monday 1 April 2024. All applicants with a non-Dutch bachelor qualification will have to pay an application fee. More information about the application fee can be found on this page: https://www.rug.nl/education/application-enrolment-tuition-fees/admission/procedures/application-informatie/with-non-dutch-diploma/application-fee

Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2023-2024€ 2314full-time
non-EU/EEA2023-2024€ 20700full-time
EU/EEA2024-2025€ 2530full-time
non-EU/EEA2024-2025€ 24200full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Upon completion of this programme you are fully prepared to continue your career in translational biomedical research in any international setting.

IMIM distinguishes two main career prospects for its graduates: 1. PhD researcher in the public and/or private sector 2. Medical Doctor for those students who enroll in IMIM with a medical degree and want to combine clinical work with research.

Job prospects

Our programme has a strong track record of success, with an almost non-existing drop-out rate and the vast majority of students completing the programme within two years. Over 90% of our graduates find employment within six months of completing their studies.

Thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of the programme you'll have a diverse range of career paths to choose from.

You'll be well-prepared to pursue a research-focused career, while also having the flexibility to explore positions that bridge science with business and policy.

Additionally, our extensive LinkedIn alumni network, consisting of over 280 MMIT graduates, offers valuable support in your job search and career preparation. Furthermore, through our Lifelong Learning initiative we are committed to provide you with opportunities to acquire new valuable professional skills throughout your career.

PhD Research

The MMIT programme is an excellent preparation for a successful PhD, with over 60% of our graduates choosing to continue their academic journey through PhD research. In fact with an MMIT background, you will have the unique opportunity to obtain a fully funded PhD position at the University Medical Center Groningen. Other graduates have pursued PhD positions at other prestigious universities.

Where are our graduates now?

From traditional scientific roles to entrepreneurial endeavours, MMIT graduates have a wide range of career opportunities in academia and the private sector.

Some have pursued careers as scientists, biomedical scientists, and research associate. Others have found success as immunologist, laboratory analysts, oncologist, medical writers, and group leaders in biotechnology laboratories.

The MMIT programme also equips you with the skills and knowledge to explore opportunities in business development and management roles within the healthcare industry. Previous graduates founded their own biotechnology company, became Hospital and Health Care consultants, Managers in Innovation and Technology, Project Managers in biotechnology R&D…

Whether you aspire to make groundbreaking discoveries in the lab, lead innovative research projects, or embark on entrepreneurial ventures, the MMIT program prepares you for a rewarding and impactful career in the field of modern medicine.

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 Beyond.

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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Student profile

MMIT offers a multidisciplinary teaching and research environment, welcoming research-minded students from diverse educational backgrounds. If you are driven to become a top (bio)medical researcher, enjoy problem-solving, possess a creative mindset, and thrive in an international setting, the ambitious master's programme in Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment is the perfect fit for you!

Join us on a journey of discovery and excellence in the field of medical research. By studying MMIT, you will be part of the next generation of successful scientists, joining a community dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and making a meaningful impact on the future of healthcare.

Study support

When applying, you will be guided throughout the application, admission and starting process of the master's programme. Student counseling starts right from the beginning of the curriculum, with an introduction to the programme, students, staff members and the study advisor. Throughout the year, the programme coordinator and the master's office are available to address any questions you may have regarding the programme.

Additionally, our dedicated student advisor can assist you with study progression matters, such as study delay, planning, personal circumstances, choice of degree programme, issues with supervisors, special facilities and performance disabilities and more. During your studies, you will also have a mentor with whom you will discuss your overall study progress annually.

To help you in making informed decisions about your future career options, you will have the opportunity to participate in our career perspective workshops. These workshops cover various topics such as matching a PhD to your personal strengths, doing a PhD in the Netherlands, a panel discussion on life in academia, how to write an academic CV and cover letter, and an event called “Careers outside academia” (organized by a team of students) that features guest speakers from different fields discussing their non-academic careers. In addition to these tailored workshops, you are invited to join general workshops on self-analysis for career orientation, CV tips & tricks, job interview tips & tricks, how to successfully network and LinkedIn organized by UG Career Services.