MSc Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment

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:

  • Oncology
  • Neuroscience
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Systems Medicine
  • Drug Innovation 

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! 
 

Student testimonials
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Lisette van Os
Testimonial
Lisette van Os (21) just finished her first year of the Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment (MMIT) master programme with top marks. Now she is ready for the next step. 'I'm going to California to research the forces and interactions between cells and proteins in fibrosis.'
The master student emphasises that she’s somewhat off the beaten track, considering that within the six specializations MMIT offers, her research does not exactly fit any of them. ‘I chose somewhat of my own path within the master programme. While completing the bachelor Life Science & Technology I got intrigued by regenerative medicine, which deals with the self-healing of organs and cells. Ultimately, this led me to want to research the role that cells and the extracellular matrix play in the lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, or IPF.'

Cells and health
Lisette explains: ‘This disease of the respiratory system causes lung tissue to indurate, eventually filling up the lungs until breathing is impossible. Modern science doesn’t know what exactly causes IPF, only that the matrices surrounding the cells cause them to overproduce proteins, which form scar tissue. Ideally, we would discover a protein to influence the disease so that the cells stay healthy and supple.’

Pauline van Wachem-award
Her supervisor during the research projects is Principal Investigator Janette Burgess, who specializes in lung disease and regenerative medicine. They already met during Lisette’s bachelor years, and met again in the first period of the master programme. She was the one that urged Lisette to send in an abstract of her research for the annual congress of the Dutch Matrix Biology Society. Not only was Lisette invited to speak to researchers and PhD-students from all over the world, she was also awarded best junior speaker.

California
‘I will continue the research, but expanded to fibroses in general,’ Lisette states. Her visa for the United States just came through. In November she starts working with Elliot Botvinick, professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California Irvine. ‘He has high tech microscopes that can measure the forces and interactions between cells and proteins.’

Choose your track
Does she have any advice for future MMIT students? ‘In the first semester the Principal Investigators introduce the specializations and their specific research interests within these specializations. Oncology, Neuroscience, Infection and immunity, Nutrition and Metabolism, Systems Medicine, and Drug Innovation. Choose the specialization that sparks your interest and aspirations, or find a way to follow your interests outside of the beaten paths. Being “specializationless” worked out great for me.’
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Overview

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. 
 

Course details

Programme 

Embedded in both the University Medical Center Groningen and the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, MMIT offers excellent facilities for (pharmaco)genomics, proteomics and in vivo(animal) and in vitro(cell) imaging.

This direct interplay of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences is what makes MMIT unique as well as the possibility to choose a specialization after the first semester. At the end of the second year, you will write and defend your own research proposal with which you can apply for a PhD position at UMCG. 
 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

In order to be accepted, you should have obtained a Bachelor's degree in the fields of biology, pharmacy, life science and technology or (bio)medical sciences. If you have another degree background the Admissions Board will determine whether the applicants background meets the admission requirements. Furthermore, students will need to submit one academic reference letter. 

Molecular Medicine and Innovative Treatment is a selective master programme for which a maximum of 35 students are accepted each year.

We value high-quality and small-scale education with plenty of room for personal attention and development of our students. Therefore, a selection procedure is part of the admission process. Please consult our detailed description of the application and selection procedure. 
 

Career outcomes

Job prospects
Upon completion of this programme, you are fully prepared to become a successful scientist. Most graduates continue with PhD research. In fact, you will have the opportunity to obtain a PhD position at the University Medical Center Groningen. Others find a PhD position at other prestigious universities or start to work as a scientist in the private sector (industry, governmental institutions).
 

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