What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?
I really like how the programme relates everything to real disease presentations. I'm fascinated by the inner workings of cells and tissues, but it's also very nice to have an understanding of how those mechanisms can be disrupted and how that affects actual people.
What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?
The small class size of 24 people means you really get to know both your classmates and the lecturers. The lecturers are always happy to answer questions and they appreciate the students' enthusiasm. We as students also count on another during the times when the programme is quite intense.
What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?
The most challenging for me is the speed at which courses are given and the expectation to produce reports and presentations. While you do learn a lot in a really short period of time, I definitely looked forward to weekends after exams!
Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?
I'm doing an internship at the Tumour Immunology Lab. Here, I'm researching whether trained immunity is less efficient in cancer patients than in healthy persons.
Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?
I think people on this earth are constantly getting older and busier, and with that we will encounter new age-related and communicable diseases. It is essential that there are people who understand how these diseases work so we can increase people's quality of life with improved diagnostics and treatment.