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Goals of the Master's Programme

The goals of the Master's programme are divided in four parts: A general part applicable for everyone, and one of three parts applicable to certain specialisations.

General qualifications

The Master’s graduate in Molecular Life Sciences:

  • has knowledge and understanding of current Molecular Life Sciences subjects and is built upon the Bachelor’s level of various Life Sciences programmes.
  • is familiar with the use of advanced experimental approaches, providing the basis for originality in developing and applying ideas within a research context.
  • is able to apply advanced research methods in the field of (bio-)chemistry, biophysics, molecular biology, and/or bioinformatics in developing and executing a research project.
  • can solve problems in a multidisciplinary manner.
  • is able to critically evaluate research questions and results and defend points of view and conclusions.
  • can give feedback in writing and orally.
  • has the skills to critically read and interpret the scientific literature and apply new developments and experimental approaches in his specialised domain.
  • can evaluate ethical and societal issues associated with biomolecular research and its applications.
  • can function in a research team and in a multidisciplinary academic research setting.
  • can present and discuss research results in writing and speaking.
  • has strategic, critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
  • can in the context of a research team, develop and execute research and communicate the results and implications with peers.
  • can incorporate and interpret new knowledge and insights into existing scientific theories.
  • is able to adjust and redefine hypotheses and models explaining biomolecular processes.
  • can respond to ethical, societal and global considerations in practicing his profession

Specialisation specific qualifications

The Master’s graduate in Molecular Life Sciences with a specialisation in Chemistry for life, Clinical BiologyMedical Epigenomics or Neuroscience:

  • based on specialised knowledge and research experience in two sub-specialisations within the field of Molecular Life Sciences, is able to set up and independently perform experiments, design appropriate checks and evaluate the results in a given time frame.
  • is able to independently write the basis for a scientific publication or research proposal.
  • based on a critical analysis of research results, is able to break new ground in research areas.
  • in addition to his/her current specialisations, is able to work at a specialist level of another branch of Molecular Life Sciences.

The Master’s graduate in Molecular Life Sciences with a specialisation in Science, Management and Innovation is:

  • capable of bridging between their own science discipline and other disciplines, based on profound understanding of the chosen core theme and how this relates to societal, political, economic, and environmental requirements of today’s world.
  • familiar with and capable of  analysing specific problems within their theme, and able to apply a range of approaches to address these, argue for, select, and implement feasible options, taking into account the full width of technological, societal, political and economic perspectives.
  • proficient in using research methods and techniques, including basic finance and economics, to verify, justify and substantiate strategies and plans, and capable of effectively using a wide variety of information and communication channels.
  • capable of balancing perspectives and interests in specific contexts within a company or (non)governmental organisation in order to formulate appropriate strategies and plans towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • capable of communicating insights, views and analyses of complex issues to others in a clear, concise and understandable manner, both in written and spoken form.
  • capable of working in multidisciplinary and multicultural high-performance teams based on sound division of tasks, knowledge, competencies, and responsibilities, whilst respecting diverging views and opinions.

Master’s graduates in Molecular Life Sciences with a specialisation in Science in Society are:

  • capable of analysing the role of scientific expertise in societal and political decision making with regard to socio-scientific issues.
  • capable of designing and conducting independent and methodologically sound social research at the interface of science and society and capable of contributing to academic research.
  • capable of understanding and designing public and stakeholder participation processes in research and innovation.
  • capable of analysing, improving and evaluating interdisciplinary collaborations with multiple stakeholders, integrating different perceptions, interests and types of knowledge (experiential, professional and scientific).
  • capable of substantiating and communicating the relevance of one's scientific discipline in society.

The Master’s graduate in Molecular Life Sciences with a specialisation in Science and Education:

  • has knowledge of and insight into the theoretical principles of discipline-specific thinking, educational design, and the methods and techniques of applying didactic research in the discipline.
  • is able to design, implement and systematically evaluate an educational design and a scientific study, drawing a link between didactic and professional practice concepts, discipline-specific thinking of the students at different levels and problems from teaching practice.
  • devotes attention to discipline-specific learning of individual and unique students, and focus on developing inspiring education.
  • is able to apply thorough scientific knowledge of general didactic concepts about the learning of individual students, and methods to improve both the social climate in the classroom and to answer individual learning needs of the students.
  • is able to act in a differentiated way and improve the social climate for collaboration, and in doing so, set independent priorities and, after consultation with relevant third parties, respond appropriately to development and behavioural problems.
  • focuses on collaboration and responsible behaviour based on clear communication with individual students and colleagues, and on the basis of a personal vision.
  • develops a personal professional knowledge base to justify their own actions and understand the actions of colleagues and supervisors.
  • uses the professional knowledge base and contextual feedback (students, colleagues, supervisors) to evaluate and guide their own professional development.
  • develops a personal identity in the context of their own actions, external frameworks and ethical dilemmas.