How can we make use of the immune system in order to target cancer? How does early life nutrition impact metabolic health in adulthood? How can microorganisms help fight against infectious diseases?
Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment is a research oriented selective two-year master programme. During this programme research-minded students are trained to become the next generation of successful scientists in academia and private section environments. Students will be challenged with exciting cutting-edge research and methodologies and will learn how to critically read the literature, design novel research questions, translate hypotheses into testable research plans, and how to communicate research.
As a student you can focus on your interests and ambitions by participating in one of the following specializations after the first semester:
This selective Master's degree programme is designed for students primarily aiming for a career as a scientist in academia and private sector environments. Students are trained to become critical academic thinkers, problem solvers and discoverers. If this appeals to you, this master programme is the right choice for you!
I was able to pursue specific topics and had the opportunity to specialize in one of my interests later during the programme.
I have always believed the right education will give immense confidence and belief in oneself. The MMIT master programme has been that for me. I was able to pursue specific topics and had the opportunity to specialize in one of my interests later during the programme.
My time during the research projects were highly rewarding.
Writing research proposals, working independently, presenting to
the team, and brainstorming new ideas laid the fundamentals for a
career in science. Apart from science and academics, the
self-development sessions with my mentor are something that I will
cherish. They helped me introspect myself and set realistic goals.
I became aware not only of my strengths but also the places that I
must work on to build myself. I learnt to trust my intuitions,
believe in my abilities and constantly work on myself from the
feedback I receive. This has shaped me and given me the
preparedness to face the world. Last but not the least, the MMIT
office is a wonderful team of women who are always around when you
need them. Moving to another country to pursue masters during the
pandemic was a challenging experience for me, but the MMIT office
made things smooth and always looked out for their students which
I’m grateful for!
If you are someone who is interested in research, loves science, and wants to set foot into the research world, this master's is for you! MMIT guides you, moulds you and helps you to comfortably take your place in the world of research!
All in all, if given the chance, I would definitely choose the MMIT programme over and over again!
After completing my bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences, I was unsure which specific path I want to follow. Luckily, MMIT offers six specializations, which are thoroughly presented at the beginning of the programme. Having heard from top-of-the-field researchers leading these specializations, I chose to follow the Oncology track.
During this track, I had the opportunity to expand my theoretical knowledge and learn about the latest research in the field, as well as participate in Oncology-related research myself. During this 6-month internship, I had the opportunity to work alongside and be introduced to the world of (oncology) research by inspiring (early-career) scientists at the UMCG. I believe this have strongly paved my way to pursuing a PhD degree in Medicine, which I am currently focusing on.
All in all, if given the chance, I would definitely choose the MMIT programme over and over again! On top of all the transferable skills and experience I have gained at the UG/UMCG, I made a lot of good friends from all over the world, due to the multicultural environment in the MMIT programme.
'You can only find this specific combination of (bio)medical and pharmaceutical sciences here'
Ambitious, motivated and talented: according to programme director Inge Zuhorn, these words perfectly describe the students of the master programme of Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment (MMIT). 'The vast majority of our students aspire to an academic career and continue as a PhD student after graduation.'
Prof. dr. Zuhorn is responsible for the content, organisation and quality of the master’s programme and its different specializations. ‘MMIT is embedded within the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP), combining (bio)medical and pharmaceutical sciences. Emphasis is on the field of (bio) medical sciences but students also learn the fundamentals of drug research. This unique combination allows students to not only obtain a thorough understanding of the mechanisms of diseases, but also gain an understanding into the development of novel innovative therapies.’
The lectures are top-researchers from the UMCG and GRIP and teach students all indispensable research skills for the future. From critical reading and scientific writing to presenting, debating and making well-thought decisions. ‘Crucial for future top researchers is to be able to make decisions independently and in a well-reasoned manner. Students are guided in every step of the process,’ prof. dr. Zuhorn says. ‘That way they learn to ask critical questions before deliberating on the next step, to formulate hypotheses and use these to design experiments and gather evidence. In my personal experience and that of the other teachers, there is nothing more fun than teaching MMIT students; they are highly motivated and eager to learn.’
Which specialization to choose?
With the six different specializations, students are given freedom to focus on the fields of their interest. Each specialization will be presented at the beginning of the programme and students can decide if they want to participate in a specialization or follow a general programme. Students are assigned a mentor who helps them with decision making. Before students enter their first research project, they are asked to arrange a personal interview with three UMCG/GRIP researchers of their choice. ‘That is where your motivation and independent decision making comes in again. You have to argue –via an oral presentation- which of the three laboratories suits your research ambitions the best.’ For the second-year research project, students can also go abroad or do an industrial internship. All the knowledge and skills that you have obtained culminate at the end of the programme where students write and defend their own research proposal. The students can compete for a PhD scholarship to execute their own proposal. This is quite unique and obviously lots of fun.’
Biologists, medics and pharmacists
MMIT students come from different cultural and educational backgrounds. That shapes the master programme in a good way, prof. dr Zuhorn adds. ‘This year we have welcomed students of 17 nationalities and different bachelor degrees. Yet they form a tight-knit community and learn a lot from each other. Looking at issues from different perspectives, they complement and strengthen each other’s knowledge.’
‘Yes, we have a selection procedure but do not be intimidated by this,’ prof. dr. Zuhorn says. Students are screened on the basis of their CV, motivation letter and a letter of recommendation. Students that pass the requirements will be interviewed by the Admission board. During this interview - either in person or via Skype - applicants are asked to present a research project from their BSc study and an article. ‘The pressure is on, but just remember that you can prepare yourself well. Your motivation and talent for research are most important. Show them that you are a serious candidate.’