General Elective Courses

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

New registration procedure
There is a new course registration procedure. Registration for courses will take place via Osiris Student during fixed course enrolment periods. More information can be found here.

Expensive courses
The courses Laboratory Animal Sciences and Radiation Safety are expensive courses. You should have written approval from your programme coordinator if you want to take one of these courses. A copy of the arrangement has to be sent to the Master’s administration office for administrative purposes.

If you take one of these courses you cannot automatically follow the other, but in exceptional cases more than one course may be allowed. 

Download electives (XLS)

  • Academic WritingCourse catalogue code: BMB508512

    8wks
    1EC
    07Sep2020
    30Oct2020
    This course is also taught from

    16 Nov 2020 till 29 Jan 2021

    15 Feb 2021 till 16 Apr 2021

    02 May 2021 till 25 Jun 2021

    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

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

    Registration

    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. This course is taught 4 times this year, in Periods 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    The maximum number of participants is 20 per group, the minimum 10.

  • Basics of Biostatistics (online course)Course catalogue code: BMB507217

    8WKS
    4.5EC
    09Nov2020
    22Jan2021
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    Please note: Basic of Biostatistics is an online course (~16 hours per week). The course offers a variety of learning activities such as web lectures, discussions and (group)assignments. A maximum of 60 students can be enrolled in the course (divided into groups of max 15 students in order to remain small-scale learning).

    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.

    NOTE: It is expected that students have some basic knowledge on descriptive statistics and mathematics.

    Course schedule
    The statistical theory will be introduced and discussed in the first 6 weeks (week 46 till 51). After the Christmas holiday (week 52 till 1) the remaining parts of the course are scheduled: case study (week 2) and exam (week 3). The re-exam is scheduled in week 6. You will find the more detailed schedule in the Osiris course catalogue.

    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. See the information on the Study Guide. Registration for the course will open in the second half of September.

  • Bio-Inspiration Essentials (online course)Course catalogue code: B-MBIES

    10WKS
    2.5EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    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.

  • Bio-Tech-Med interdisciplinary team training (BITT project)Course catalogue code: BMB529019 or BMB539019

    3SESS
    3EC
    16Jan2020
    14May2020
    Mandatory

    No

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes

    Short description

    This course gives you the opportunity to think about solutions to a disease-related problem and to obtain skills such as working in an interdisciplinary team with master students from the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Medicine Master ‘SUMMA’, and master students from the Technical University Eindhoven.

    The overarching aim is, that - based on a real-life patient-oriented problem (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease) - future doctors, engineers, and biomedical scientists will collaborate to come up with a potential solution.

    You will work in small interdisciplinary groups guided by experts in the fields of biomed/-tech. The course consists of three plenary meeting days (January 16th – March 5th – May 14th 2020). In between these plenary meeting days, you will work at a distance to keep things going.

    Within this elective course you will learn among others about interdisciplinary collaborative skills, design thinking, brainstorming, pitching potential solutions, entrepreneurship, and patient perspectives.

     
    Interested or more information? Contact Sanne de Jong: s.dejong-9@umcutrecht.nl

    There is a 5 EC variant (BMB539019) of this course from 16-01-2020 till 12-06-2020.

  • Career Orientation and Professional Skills TrainingCourse catalogue code: BMB522319

    7SESS
    5EC
    13Nov2020
    15Jan2021
    Mandatory

    No

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes

    Short description

    The student analyses herself/himself and the work environment. Also to reach his/her goals the student prepares an action plan. Next to this an amount of management skills are trained, i.e. project management, problem solving, personal effectiveness. The course is taught in English and only for international students. The class meetings are scheduled on 7 days (9.00-17.00 hrs). The course is finalised with a personal report. Students will be graded.

    Registration

    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. This course is taught twice, in Period 2 and 4, alternating with the Dutch variant of this course in Period 1 and 3. For detailed schedule please see the Osiris page.

    Please note: Depending on the number of registrations an additional Dutch course, with the same course dates can be organized, resulting in an English and Dutch course simultaniously.

  • Communicating Life SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB507611

    10WKS
    3EC
    10Sep2020
    19Nov2020
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    During this course, the participants will write and edit popular science articles on research of the GSLS.

    Students will learn to connect to knowledge and interests of their target group, identify newsworthy subjects, gather relevant information, learn how to conduct an interview, and write and edit popular science articles. Overall, students will learn what comprises a popular science story and get a feeling for society’s view of science.

    Until 2018 students published the Master for life magazine. Previous issues of the Master for Life Magazine can be found here.

    Registration
    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

    Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis.

    The maximum number of participants is 12, with a minimum of 4.

  • Engaging Scientists with the Public (online course)Course catalogue code: BMB614319

    10wks
    3EC
    09Nov2020
    31Jan2021
    This course is also taught from

    26 Apr 2021 till 04 Jul 2021

    Mandatory

    No

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes

    Short description

    “Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit” says the Utrecht University’s public engagement website. In the past five to ten years, universities have started to value public engagement. Universities feel they should be open to society. Not as mere providers of knowledge but they should also actively involve citizens, school children and stakeholders in their research and higher education.

    In the first weeks, students will deepen their understanding of the complex relationship between science and society, the roles of scientists and the audiences for public engagement activities. Starting in week 4 students start performing the analyses needed for designing and evaluating their public engagement activity with follow-up in weeks 5-7. At the end of the course, week 8-10, each student will finish his/her written plan for a public engagement activity and present it online.

    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. See the information on the Study Guide. The course is taught twice.

    Registration for the first edition (BMS_P2_A) of the course will open in the second half of September 2020. The second edition (BMS_P4_A) will be open for registration at the end of January 2021.

  • English for Academic PurposesCourse catalogue code: BMB427006

    10SESS
    3EC
    31Aug2020
    02Nov2020
    This course is also taught from

    01 Sep 2020 till 03 Nov 2020

    09 Nov 2020 till 01 Feb 2021

    10 Nov 2020 till 02 Feb 2021

    08 Feb 2021 till 19 Apr 2021

    09 Feb 2021 till 13 Apr 2021

    26 Apr 2021 till 05 Jul 2021

    27 Apr 2021 till 06 Jul 2021

    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 register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

    Teaching Schedule

    Date P1 Group A: 31 August 2020 – 2 November 2020 (BMS_P1_A)
    Date P1 Group B: 1 September 2020 – 3 November 2020 (BMS_P1_B)
    Date P2 Group A: 9 November 2020 – 1 February 2021 (BMS_P2_A)
    Date P2 Group B: 10 November 2020 – 2 February 2021 (BMS_P2_B)

    Date P3 Group A: 8 February 2021 – 19 April 2021 (BMS_P3_A)
    Date P3 Group B: 9 February 2021 – 13 April 2021 (BMS_P3_B)
    Date P4 Group A: 26 April 2021 – 5 July 2021 (BMS_P4_A)
    Date P4 Group B: 27 April 2021 – 6 July 2021 (BMS_P4_B)

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

    Schedule note: During the course period, 10 online meetings of 2 hours will take place. Students need to invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week. A list with all the exact dates for the online meetings during the whole year can be found in Osiris. All online meetings are scheduled from 19:15-21:15h.

  • Essentials of Clinical Neuroscience (online course)Course catalogue code: BMB416005

    9WKS
    3EC
    11Nov2019
    31Jan2020
    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:

    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

    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
    20Jan2020
    31Jan2020
    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

    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

  • Food for Health and SafetyCourse catalogue code: BMB520220 or BMB620220

    11wks
    7.5EC
    01Feb2021
    30Apr2021
    Mandatory

    N.A.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes, open for students registered at the UU, WUR or TUe.

    Short description

    Starting February 2021.

    This course is built on the principles of challenge-based learning and is a collaboration of the alliance (UU, WUR, UMCU and TUe) and the Ministries of Defence and Economic Affairs and Climate.
     
    Students from the UU, WUR and TUe will collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to solve a real-world problem while working on their personal and professional skills.
    Each student team will develop a new food concept for the army.
    The course consists of inspiring masterclasses and inspirational sessions given by professionals from the educational, governmental and corporate world, exciting team-building activities and individual coaching on the project and personal development. Students can broaden their network, collaborate with peers from different universities and get acquainted with the work field!
     
    The course is given in a blended form and consists of 4 face to face events which are mandatory. Between these events, student teams can use an online learning environment, arrange meetings with their (team)peers, coach and experts.

    Registration

    Students from WUR and TUe can apply for the course on the website https://www.f4hs.nl/apply. They will be registered as guest students in the UU Osiris system.
    Students from the UU must enroll in Osiris.
    In total, 60 students can be registered for this challenge.
    Every bachelor year 3 and master student can apply. Please select the correct course code to register in Osiris! BMB520220 for Master students and BMB620220 for 3rd year Bachelor students.
    Students will be registered based on a first come, first serve base.
     
    Requirements:
    The student is registered at the UU, WUR or TUe.
    Is a bachelor year 3 or master student.
    The student delivers a motivational letter. More information can be found on https://www.f4hs.nl/apply
    After registration the student receives a questionnaire for a Belbin test. This will give the student more insight in team roles.
    The results of all the participating students will be used to form complementairy teams.
    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

  • Fundamentals of Biofabrication (online course) Course catalogue code: BMB502816

    9WKS
    3EC
    16Nov2020
    29Jan2021
    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 complex tissue constructs, which can be applied for tissue engineering, as 3D in vitro biological models, or as medical therapeutic products. This online course 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. 

    Practical information
    This is an online course stretching over 9 weeks with a study load of approximately 10 hours per week.

    Please note: the course contains weekly deadlines for individual and group assignments, so students should take this into consideration when signing up.

    Registration
    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

    You will be asked to submit a 200-300 word motivation letter before the 27th of September, describing your reasons for taking this course: your willingsness to participate in its discussions and assignments and to meet deadlines. Please send it in an e-mail to Paulina Nunez Bernal

    Students from outside the Graduate School of Life Sciences can register for this course by sending an e-mail to Paulina Nunez Bernal. Please include your name, student number, Master's programme and the course code.

    The maximum number of participants is 30.

  • History of MedicineCourse catalogue code: BMB507812

    10SESS
    7.5EC
    13Feb2020
    16Apr2020
    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).

    More information on the Osiris page, including the link to the full description document.

    Registration:
    The maximum number of participants is 15. Please register via Osiris Student in Period 3 (Use starting block BMS P3 A). More information can be found here in the Study guide.

    Students can register for this course after the registration deadline. Please contact the course coordinator.

  • Laboratory Animal SciencesCourse catalogue code: BMB426006

    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.
    The objective of the course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of animals and for the quality of research. From the beginning of the course, emphasis is placed on the fact that the scientist is the central person in the design and performance of animal experiments, and that he/she has specific responsibilities with respect to the welfare of the animals used. It is made clear that the use of animals can be accepted only under a set of strict conditions. Among these are that the experiment must be approved by an ethics committee, and must be conducted by persons who are fully competent.

    Please note:

    • You should take the laboratory animal sciences course only if you need it for your research project; you must have permission from your supervisor and your programme coordinator.
    • Because this course is expensive, you need to fill the rest of your elective component with modules which are free of extra costs, in exceptional cases more than one course may be allowed. You have to ask prior approval from the Board of Examiners if you want to take more than one of these courses.
    • 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, BINF, 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
    04Sep2020
    09Oct2020
    This course is also taught from

    13 Nov 2020 till 18 Dec 2020

    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    **Inschrijven voor cursus verloopt via Osiris**

    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.

  • NanomedicineCourse catalogue code: FA-MA218

    5WKS
    7.5EC
    09Mar2020
    10Apr2020
    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 via Osiris Student.

  • Online Course Radiation Protection – ELO on Open SourcesCourse catalogue code: BMB429020

    3DYS
    1EC
    StartdateTBA
    EnddateTBA
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    Period (from – till):  Several times a year. The exact dates will be published on the website of NCSV.
     

    Course description
    This Online Course (in Dutch) provides theoretical knowledge about radiation protection to work in a laboratory in which open sources of radioactive materials are used. It is a set of web-based Radiation Protection modules with an accompanying test. Participants must complete the modules and successfully pass this test and will receive a certificate of participation.
    This course covers only the theoretical aspects of radiation protection. To be able to work under the supervision of a radiation protection officer (TMS) with radioactive open sources (e.g. in a lab) it is also necessary to get a practical instruction at the workspace.

    Registration
    To register:
    1. First fill in the General application form for electives to get your application approved by the GSLS;

    2. After approval register on the NCSV website (Contactperson: Opleid-U-NCSV-RID@tudelft.nl t.a.v. Mw. Peeters).
     

  • Philosophy of NeuroscienceCourse catalogue code: BMB501016

    6WKS*
    5EC
    01Jun2021
    30Jun2021
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    The main aim of the course is to provide wide-ranging understanding of the significance, strengths and weaknesses of fields of neuroscience, which helps to cultivate critical thinking, creativity, methodological precision and scientific writing.

    Registration

    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide. There are 2 editions for this course in Period 2 and 4, max 25 students each.

  • Science and SocietyCourse catalogue code: BMB507912

    6SESS
    3EC
    10Jan2020
    05Jun2020
    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.

    The Course schedule is: January 10, February 28, March 13, May 15, June 5 and optional date November 27 (a lecture from the PhD course open for students of this course), 2020. For a detailed description of the course please go here.

    Registration: Please register via Osiris Student in Period 2 (Use starting block BMS_P2_A). More information can be found here. Students can register for this course after the registration deadline. Please note that there are still some places available. In order to register, please send 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
    09Dec2019
    20Dec2019
    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 register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

  • Vascularized Tissue Engineering (online course)Course catalogue code: BMB507319

    10WKS
    3EC
    08Feb2021
    18Apr2021
    Mandatory

    No.

    Optional for students from other programmes

    Yes.

    Short description

    Tissue engineering (TE) is an ever-growing multidisciplinary scientific field aiming at replacing injured, missing or damaged tissue. 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.

    Please note:

    This is an online course stretching over 7 weeks with a study load of approximately 9-10 hours per week. Please take into account that the studyload is divided over the week so you will need to be able to login on various moments (taking into account vacation days).

    Registration:

    You can register for this course via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.

    Maximum number of participants is 32 students.

    Students from outside Utrecht University can register for this course by sending an email to m.m.krebber-2@umcutrecht.nl. Please include your name, student number, Master’s programme and the course code.