General Elective Courses

The courses Laboratory Animal Sciences and Radiation Safety are expensive courses. If you take one of these courses you cannot automatically follow the other, but in exceptional cases more than one course may be allowed. 

Please note that you should first discuss your elective courses with your programme coordinator.

Please note that there will be a course registration pilot for some general electives courses. Registration for the courses in this pilot with starting dates 12 November 2018 and later will take place via Osiris Student. You can register for these courses from 17 September 2018 onwards. More information can be found here. General elective courses starting between 1 September and 11 November 2018 will follow the regular registration procedure for this course.

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  • Academic WritingCourse catalogue code: BMB508512

    4sess
    1EC
    13Sep2018
    01Nov2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    This mini-course will focus on the demands of ‘academic’ writing in English, and will include topics such as writing strategies, text plans, referencing, revision and resources. To get the most out of this course, it is important that you are (starting with) writing an internship report or Master's thesis. 

    Preliminary schedule:

    Thursday 13/09/2018 
    Thursday 27/09/2018 
    Thursday 11/10/2018
    Thursday 01/11/2018

    Registration:
    Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. For the editions of this course that start before 12 November 2018, you can apply via the Study Guide, using the button below. 

    For editions of this course that start after 12 November 2018, you can apply via Osiris Student.
    You will be able to register for this course in Osiris Student at specific intervals, based on the starting date of the course. The exact details will be communicated via email and the Study Guide at a later stage.

    This applies to the following editions of the course:
    Date 2: 16/01/2019 till 27/02/2019
    Date 3: 13/3/2019 till 17/4/2019

    The maximum number of participants is 15, the minimum 6.

  • Basics of Biostatistics Course catalogue code: BMB507217

    4WKS
    4.5EC
    12Nov2018
    07Dec2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    Please note: Basic of Biostatistics is a 'Blended course'. The lectures of this course are offered online via Elevate and are self-studies. The computer labs are held at UMC Utrecht.

    The course provides an introduction to statistical methodology and supplies a number of statistical techniques important for practical data analysis. Examples from the medical and biological fields will be used in exercises.

    Registration:
    You can apply for this course via Osiris Student. You will be able to register for this course in Osiris Student during a fixed time frame. The exact details will be communicated via email and the Study Guide at a later stage. Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.

    Students will be dived into four groups. The number of students per group is limited to 15 (60 students in total).

  • Bio-Inspiration EssentialsCourse catalogue code: B-MBIES

    10WKS
    2.5EC
    14Nov2018
    30Jan2019
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes. This course is open as an elective to all GSLS students. It is not open for Bio inspired innovation students.

    Short description

    This course introduces a new field in Science and Design: Bio-Inspiration you will learn to look at nature as source of knowledge that will help to make our products, processes and systems part of nature, compatible with and supporting a transition to a circular economy instead of designing for the ‘dump’. After an overview of different Biologically Inspired approaches you will learn to define the scope and function of an innovation and write a first design-brief.

    Please note: this is an online course stretching over 10 weeks, with a study load of approximately 7 hours per week.

    Please register via Osiris. The maximum number of participants is 16.

  • Cardiac Regenerative MedicineCourse catalogue code: BMB580117

    2WKS
    3EC
    28Jan2019
    08Feb2019
    Mandatory

    For BoD students**

    ** This course is one of the specific cardiovascular BoD-courses. Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes. RMT and BoD students have priority for enrollment.

    Short description

    Students are familiarised with regenerative medicine in cardiac diseases. Topics include cardiac development, reprogramming, and RM treatment options. In addition, students are introduced in the interpretation and processing of study data, and get acquainted with the impact of research on society, in particular on patients.

    Please register via the button bellow.

  • Co-create: life’s professional challengesCourse catalogue code: BMB503717

    2WKS
    3EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    Do you want to challenge yourself to:

    • Work in a multi-disciplinary team with multi-minded bachelor (year 3) and master students from the UU?
    • Solve a real-world problem in co-creation with professionals?
    • Extend your professional network and brand yourself?
    • Immerse yourself in reflecting on your skills and talents with a coach?

    Then this could be THE course for you! Please go to the Osiris page for additional information about the registration procedure.

    For more detailed information visit the website www.co-challenge.nl

  • Communicating Life SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB507611

    1YR
    3EC
    13Sep2018
    15Nov2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    During this course, the participants will write and edit articles for two editions of the GSLS Master for Life Magzine.

    Students will learn to identify the knowledge and interest of their target group, gather relevant information, learn how to conduct an interview, and write and edit popular science articles.

    Students are part of the editorial board of the Master For Life Magazine, producing two editions during the year. Overall, students will learn what comprises a popular science story and get a feeling for society’s view of science.

    Previous issues of the Master for Life Magazine can be found here.

    Registration:
    Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. You can apply via the Study Guide, using the button below. 

    The maximum number of participants is 10, with a minimum of 4.

  • English for Academic PurposesCourse catalogue code: BMB427006

    10SESS
    3EC
    03Sep2018
    05Nov2018
    This course is also taught from

    04 Sep 2018 till 06 Nov 2018

    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    'English for Academic Purposes' is designed specifically for Life Sciences Master's students and is offered seven times a year. This course helps you to write better academic papers in English and improves your spoken English.

    Registration:
    Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. For the editions of this course that start before 12 November 2018, you can apply via the Study Guide, using the button below. 

    For editions of this course that start after 12 November, you can apply via Osiris Student.
    You will be able to register for this course in Osiris Student at specific intervals based, on the starting date of the course.The exact details will be communicated via email and the Study Guide at a later stage.

    This applies to the following editions of the course:
    Date 3: 12/11/2018 till 28/01/2019
    Date 4: 13/11/2018 till 29/01/2019
    Date 5: 05/02/2019 till 09/04/2019
    Date 6: 06/02/2019 till 10/04/2019
    Date 7: 23/04/2019 till 25/06/2019

    The maximum number of participants per group is 10, the minimum 6.

    Schedule:
    A list with all the 7 exact course dates during the whole year can be found in Osiris. All courses are scheduled from 19:15-21:15h.

  • Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience onlineCourse catalogue code: BMB416005

    9WKS
    3EC
    07Jan2019
    22Mar2019
    Mandatory

    For BOD students**

    ** Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes, except for NSCN students.

    Short description

    This course gives you a unique opportunity to study the state of the art insights in Neurosciences, discover the research strengths of UMC Utrecht and experience our educational philosophy.

    Registration:
    Apply at least 3 weeks before start of the course via the button below. The maximum of participants is 16.

    Students from outside the Graduate School of Life Sciences can register for this course by sending an email to L.vanOudenaarden@umcutrecht.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.

  • Essentials of NeuroscienceCourse catalogue code: BMB416005

    2WKS
    3EC
    21Jan2019
    01Feb2019
    Mandatory

    For BOD students**

    ** Additional to the mandatory Kick off course, BoD students should accomplish 12 EC with specific (cardiovascular) BoD courses.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes, except for NSCN students.

    Short description

    This course is intended for non-neuroscience master students who would like to get more background in neuroscience. The lectures during the course cover a broad range of neuroscience topics from gene to neurological disease.

    Registration:
    Apply at least 1 week before start of the course. The maximum of participants is 40.

  • Fundamentals of BiofabricationCourse catalogue code: BMB502816

    9WKS
    3EC
    19Nov2018
    01Feb2019
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Open as an elective to all GSLS students.

    Short description

    Biofabrication combines advanced 3D fabrication techniques with biological systems to create designed tissue constructs, which can be applied for tissue engineering, as 3D in vitro biological models or as medical therapeutic products. This e­course aims to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge on the various aspects of biofabrication, including 3D printing techniques, biomaterials, tissue engineering, applications, translation and ethics. 

    Please note: this is an online course stretching over 9 weeks with a study load of approximately 10 hours per week.

    Registration:
    The maximum of participants is 30. Please register via the apply button below.

    Students from outside the Graduate School of Life Sciences can register for this course by sending an email to I.A.Otto@umcutrecht.nlPlease include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.

  • History of Medicine and the Biomedical SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB507812

    10SESS
    7.5EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes, for all GSLS students and students from History and Philosophy of Science.

    Short description

    This course is an introduction to the birth of modern medicine, looking at developments over the course of the ‘long nineteenth century' (offered by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences).

    Registration:
    The maximum number of participants is 25. Please register via the button below.

    History and Philosophy of Science students can register for this course by sending an email to F.G.Huisman-3@umcutrecht.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.

  • IGEM CompetitionCourse catalogue code: BMB519117

    10MO
    12EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    The iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine competition), is an international organization that stimulates students to work together to solve real-world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts. The competition already involves more than 100 teams from many universities and institutes. This course offers students the unique possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team on a very challenging project. The students do not only have to design and build a genetically engineered biological system, but also need to get sponsors, attract media attention and finally present their work on different occasions, including the iGEM jamboree in October in Boston. 

    Who can apply?
    Third year bachelor students or master students (age 23 or younger on March 31, 2019)
     
    How to apply?
    For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen or Dr. Margot Koster. Deadline for the application is February 1. The team is selected from motivated students in a face-to-face interview. (July-august min. 75 % availability is required).

    More information? iGEM and the 2017 Utrecht team.

  • Laboratory Animal SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB42600

    2WKS
    3EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    This course is a requirement for conducting animal experiments and teaches you the basics on animal research.

    Please note:
    There are different courses offered please read the information on Osiris carefully. You must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator to follow this course.

    You can find the exact course dates and information for the English taught course here and about the Dutch course here.

    Registration:
    Students BIFM, BIDM, BISM, CSND, EPIM, IMIF, NSCN, RMTM, TXEH: register by completing Microsoft Office document iconthis BMS form.

    Students BII, ENVB, MCLS, DINN and SBM: register by completing Microsoft Office document iconthis Faculty of Science form.

  • Loopbaanoriëntatie en ProfessionaliseringCourse catalogue code: B-MLOOP10

    7SESS
    5EC
    14Sep2018
    26Oct2018
    This course is also taught from

    02 Nov 2018 till 14 Dec 2018

    11 Jan 2019 till 22 Feb 2019

    10 May 2019 till 28 Jun 2019

    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

     

    This course is only available in Dutch.

    Tijdens deze cursus analyseert een student zichzelf en de arbeidsmarkt en stelt een plan van aanpak op om zijn/haar doelen te bereiken.

    Aanmelding
    Plaatsing vindt plaats op volgorde van datum aanmelding. Voor de edities voor 12 November 2018, kun je een e-mail sturen naar science.gsls@uu.nl onder vermelding van naam, studentnummer, e-mail adres, telefoonnummer en masterprogramma. Let op, het aantal maximaal toe te laten studenten is 20. De aanmelding wordt geaccepteerd indien er plek is en na bevestiging.

    Voor edities na 12 November 2018 zal de aanmelding via Osiris Student plaats vinden. Je kunt je aanmelden voor deze cursus in Osiris Student tijdens specifieke perioden, gebaseed op de startdatum van de cursus. 

    De cursus vindt steeds plaats op vrijdagen van 09.00-17.00 uur.

     

     

  • NanomedicineCourse catalogue code: FA-MA420

    5WKS
    7.5EC
    27May2019
    28Jun2019
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the nanomedicine field. Every week a theme will be discussed in which nanomedicine is involved: therapeutics (both synthetic and bio-inspired) and diagnostics. We will focus on the applications of nanomedicine in cardiovascular disease and cancer. 

    Registration:

    A maximum of 40 students can enrol this course. You can register for the course till 31 March 2018 by sending an email to Joukje van der Velde (j.vd.velde@umcutrecht.nl) or via the button below.

  • Radiation Safety 5BCourse catalogue code: BMB429006

    3DYS
    2EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    The radiation safety course 5B level is open to MSc students who need it for their research project. You must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator. The courses health physics level 5 concern the safe handling of radioactive sources and radiation producing equipment with a limited irradiation risk.

    Go to the websites for specific course dates: 

    Course in Dutch
    Course in English

    Please note: Because this course is expensive, you need to fill the rest of your elective component with modules which are free of extra costs. The costs of the radiation safety course at level 4B will not be reimbursed.

    To register, please hand in the following completed form at your administration office:

    1. General Application Form for electives;

    After approval fill in the from below of the TU Delft
    2. Form of the TU Delft.

  • Science and SocietyCourse catalogue code: BMB507912

    6SESS
    3EC
    18Jan2019
    01Jul2019
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    In six Friday afternoon sessions, the historical, philosophical, sociological and ethical dimensions of the biomedical sciences will be discussed. This course also includes a session on academic writing.

    For a detailed description of the course please go here.

    Registration:
    Please register via Osiris Student (more information can be found hereand by sending an email before November 25th ​2018 to Ms M. van Dijk-Okla: m.vandijk-okla@umcutrecht.nl, including the following information:

    • Course name
    • Name
    • Student number
    • Email address
    • Home Address
    • Zip code and City
    • A short motivation

    The maximum number of participants is 25.

  • Societal challenges for life science scientists: exploring interdisciplinarityCourse catalogue code: BMB501917

    2WKS
    3EC
    03Dec2018
    14Dec2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    One overarching interdisciplinary theme will be chosen each year. This year the theme is Food and health. In the first few days, lecture/discussion will be organized with experts in the field to help students familiarize with the topic, get an overview of the current debate, and the problems to solve. In the meantime, students will be instructed on the principles of interdisciplinary research.
    Students form interdisciplinary groups of 3/4 and develop a research question within the theme that captured their interest. After presenting their plans and receiving (peer) feedback on the feasibility of their plans, students make a concrete plan for the rest of the course period and divide tasks.  Each team has a supervisor.

    Registration
    You can apply for this course through Osiris Student.
    The course registrations of the course will be open at specific intervals based on the starting date.
    The exact details will be communicated via email and the Study Guide at a later stage. Registration for these courses will open in the second half of September.

  • Vascularized Tissue Engineering online courseCourse catalogue code: BMB507317

    7WKS
    2EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Open to Master students of all GSLS programmes. In case of exceeding the maximum amount of participants (16), students from RMT, BOD, Biofab will get priority placement. 

    Short description

    Note: this is an online course stretching over 7 weeks with a study load of approximately 8 hours per week (taking into account vacation days). Please take into account that the study load is divided over the week so you will need to be able to login on various moments.

    Course description:
    Tissue engineering (TE) is an ever-growing multidisciplinary scientific field aiming at replacing injured, missing or damaged tissue. Current researchers in the field use different principles, knowledge and techniques from (stem) cell biology, vascular biology, medicine, biomaterials and bioengineering. Vascular and vascularized tissue engineering take prominent places within this field.  The construction of blood vessels is both an independent target for replacement therapy as well as an integral part of larger constructs. A crucial challenge in obtaining large sized functional TE scaffolds (>1 milimeter in any dimensional space) is how to introduce a complex vascular tree that supplies a steady medium and blood stream for the expanding tissue to meet oxygen en nutrient demands.

    This course teaches Master students’ in-depth and hands-on knowledge on developmental and adult blood vessel formation in health and disease and the current clinical treatments for which vascular(ized) TE is thought to be eligible. Moreover, we will address state of the art techniques of vascular(ized) TE, including the use of biomaterials and cell sources for bioreactor-cultured and in situ applications.

    Registration:

    Please register via the button below. Deadline for registration is April 6.