Medical Biochemistry

Degree: Master
University: University of Amsterdam , Faculty: Faculty of Science
City: Amsterdam , Country: Netherlands
Discipline: Life Sciences, Medicine & Health
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  • Start Date of Studies February, September
  • Admission deadline September start: April 1; Non EU: February 1; February start: December 1; Non EU: October 1
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    The Research Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year programme taught completely in English. The programme focuses on the interface between Biology and Medical Sciences. Students in the programme may choose from a range of tracks in which to specialise, most of which are of an interdisciplinary nature and related to fields such as chemistry, computer science, psychology and even linguistics or philosophy. This programme is of interest not only to students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences, but also - depending on their specialisation - students from other fields.

    Studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

    The Research Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences is closely affiliated with the University of Amsterdam Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA) and the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS). The programme also cooperates with various institutes both within and outside the UvA, including the Dutch Cancer Institute.


    The Research Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences offers four tracks:

    • Immunology
    • Medical Biochemistry
    • Medical Biology
    • Oncology

    Students choose one of the four tracks based on their specific interests and work toward a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences.

    Medical Biochemistry (MSc)

    The focus in this Master's programme of the University of Amsterdam is on the biochemistry of metabolic disorders and infectious microorganisms. We study why obesity is often linked to diabetes type 2 at a young age. What is the `Metabolic Syndrome'? We work on therapies for genetic metabolic disorders. In addition, with the genomes of major pathogenic bacteria, fungi and parasites at hand, researchers at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, the Faculty of Science and various departments at the Faculty of Medicine are working to combat major communicable diseases such as malaria and HIV as well look at ways to ensure food safety. One question faced is how the molecular physiology influences the way microorganisms interact with their (host) environment?


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