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.

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  • Academic WritingCourse catalogue code: BMB508512

    4sess
    1EC
    17Jan2018
    28Feb2018
    This course is also taught from

    07 Mar 2018 till 18 Apr 2018

    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.

    Registration:
    You can apply for this course for 2017-2018 starting from June 1st and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before June 1st will not be taken into account.
    The maximum number of participants is 15, the minimum 6.

  • Basics of Biostatistics Course catalogue code: BMB507217

    4WKS
    4.5EC
    13Nov2017
    11Dec2017
    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:

    **This course is full.** Registration is no longer possible.

    You can apply for this course via the button below for 2017-2018 starting from June 1st and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before June 1st will not be taken into account. 
    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-MBIESS

    10WKS
    1.5EC
    05Mar2018
    11May2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes. This course is open as an elective to all GSLS students.

    Short description

    This is a course that introduces the field of Bio-Inspiration. We start to elucidate the philosophical and historical roots of the concept of bio-inspiration. We will touch upon  movements like: deep ecology and permaculture and illustrious predecessors such as, Leonardo da Vinci, Buckminster fuller, Viktor Schauberger, Jay Harman and Bill Mollison.
    Then we will give an overview of the main bio-inspired approaches, being: biomimicry, bionics, nature inspired design, natural capitalism, biophilia, Circular Economy and CtoC. And you will learn to see similarities and differences because you will learn how to relate and classify different bio-inspired approaches. Finally we will address Design as a discipline and process through which you can start to formulate and explore possibilities for innovation be it a product, process or systems innovation.

    You learn how to define the function you want to ‘biologize’, to describe the scope and hoped for outcome in such a way that a biologist can deliver the information you need to gather as an important co-creative step in an innovation process.

    Please note: this is an online course stretching over 10 weeks, with a study load of approximately 4 hours per week.

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

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

    2WKS
    3EC
    16Oct2017
    27Oct2017
    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.

  • Communicating Life SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB507611

    1YR
    3EC
    14Sep2017
    25Jan2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    During this course, the participants will write and edit articles for three editions of a digital newsmagazine, Master for Life Magzine, from the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

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

    Registration:
    **This course is now full**
    You can apply from the 14th of June! The maximum number of participants is 10, with a minimum of 4.

  • English for Academic PurposesCourse catalogue code: BMB427006

    10SESS
    3EC
    06Feb2018
    10Apr2018
    This course is also taught from

    07 Feb 2018 till 11 Apr 2018

    24 Apr 2018 till 26 Jun 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:
    You can apply for this course in 2017-2018 starting from June 1st and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Applications before June 1st will not be taken into account. You can register for the course by handing in the completed PDF iconform at the BMS administration office.

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

    There is a 40 registration fee per student. This fee must be paid upon registration at the BMS administration office.

    Schedule:
    A list with all the 7 exact course dates during the whole year can be found in Osiris. All courses are scheduled from 17:45-19:45h.

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Life Sciences & HealthCourse catalogue code: BMB509613

    10SESS
    3EC
    20Sep2017
    20Jun2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    In this seminar series academic experts and practitioners from industry and government will share their insights on entrepreneurship and innovation in the Life Sciences and Health domain.

    Registration
    You can apply for this course in 2017-2018 starting from June 1st and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. The maximum number of participants is 50.

  • Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience onlineCourse catalogue code: BMB416005

    9WKS
    3EC
    08Jan2018
    09Mar2018
    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
    22Jan2018
    02Feb2018
    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
    19Feb2018
    22Apr2018
    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
    01Feb2018
    30Apr2018
    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
    01Feb2018
    30Nov2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    The iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine competition), http://igem.org/Main_Page, 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 November in Boston. 

    For application and or information you can contact Prof. Niels Geijsen (n.geijsen@hubrecht.eu) or Dr. Margot Koster (M.C.Koster@uu.nl). Deadline for  the application is February 1. The team is selected from motivated students in a face-to-face interview.

  • Introducing Life SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB509713

    1WK
    0.75EC
    04Sep2017
    08Sep2017
    Mandatory

    For all GSLS Master's students.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    For all GSLS Master's students.

    Short description

    Introducing Life Sciences (ILS) is a mandatory introduction course for all Master’s students of the GSLS at the start of the academic year. Together with the Life Sciences seminars (0.75 credits) this course is 1.5 credits in total. The ILS course is in the first week of the academic year and will cover all aspects of academic education, including science integrity, career development, and valorisation & industry. During this week there will also be time to get to know each other and the School's staff.

    For students who started in February 2017, please note that your participation during the ILS in from 4 September - 8 September 2017 is mandatory.

    A programme overview of the week will be availabe here when it is finalised. 

    You will receive an invitation for the course and more information via email.

    Want an impression of the week of last years? Go here.

  • Laboratory Animal SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB42600

    2WKS
    3EC
    31Aug2017
    31Jul2018
    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 this BMS form134 KB.

    Students BII, ENVB, MCLS, DINN and SBM: register by completing this Faculty of Science form134 KB.

  • NanomedicineCourse catalogue code: BMB500416

    3WKS
    4.5EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

     

    Please note: you cannot register for this course at this moment, as it is being redesigned.

    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:
    You cannot register for this course at this moment.

  • Organizational Dynamics in Life Sciences Course catalogue code: BMB500616

    3MO
    12EC
    05Feb2018
    04May2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes. Please note, the course cannot be combined with the M-profile of 30 EC.

    Short description

    The Organizational Dynamics in Life Sciences module is a package of 3 topics (jointly 12 ects) developed exclusively for students with a background in life sciences. It has a strong orientation in Management and Business Economics and provides the opportunity to understand how organizations in the Life Sciences industry operate. The three topics are:

    • Organization and Strategic Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Financial Management

    Registration:
    You can apply for this course for 2017-2018 starting from June 14th and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. The maximum number of participants is 30, the minimum 20.

  • 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
    01Jan2018
    01Jun2018
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    Note: The exact course dates are not available at this moment. The course will most likely be held in the period January - June 2018. This page will be updated as soon as the exact dates are available.

    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 before 1 January via the button below or by sending an email 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
    08Jan2018
    19Jan2018
    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.

    **This course is now full**