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Description of Medical Epigenomics

This specialisation focuses on the function of our epigenome, a key factor in regulating gene expression and in a wide range of diseases. In the Medical Epigenomics specialisation you won’t zoom in on only one particular gene, protein or signalling pathway. Instead, you’ll regard the cell as one complete system. Once graduated, this will be a great advantage: you’ll be able to bridge the gap between biology, technology and informatics , and thus have a profile that is desperately needed in modern, data-driven biology. Key subjects include (epi) genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, autoimmune diseases, cancer, neurological disorders, systems biology and computational biology.

The specialisation programme comprises five mandatory courses (15 ec) and one specialisation-related internship (44 ec). The intership includes practical work and report, as well as a literature thesis of 6 ec and a theoretical component of 3 ec. A list of available research departments can be found furtheron in this prospectus.

In case you cannot start in September, but enrol later in the year (with permission of the Examining Board), you start with the research internship and take the mandatory courses at the next available option.

The specialisation is open to students in two Master programmes: Molecular Life Sciences and Medical biology. These have different entry requirements, different final qualifications and therefore also a slightly different structure and programme requirements.