Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology

The Master’s programme in Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology trains students in this research field, building upon the knowledge and methods from information technology applied to biomedical systems and processes. Students in this programme will learn to explore the mysteries of embryonic growth, stem cells, signalling, gene regulation, evolution, and development in relation to health and disease.
The programme starts with Introducing Life Sciences, a mandatory introduction week for all Master’s students of the GSLS.

Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology is aimed at research in the field of molecular developmental biology and genetic processes in plants, animals and humans. Fundamental developmental processes are frequently affected in human disease. Many of the important genes and mechanisms controlling development also regulate adult physiology, and deregulation may result in pathological conditions. Our understanding of the genome (all genes) and the proteome (all proteins) is increasing rapidly, but the regulatory processes that shape our bodies (and, when affected, cause diseases such as cancer) are still poorly understood and require fundamental research. New genomics technologies are now enabling us to monitor the expression of some 20,000 genes simultaneously and to determine which genes are active. These techniques not only help us to better understand physiological pathways, but also help to identify those genes involved in disease and trace their mutations more easily.

Future perspectives
Our programme is directly linked to the PhD programmes Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology and Clinical and Translational Oncology of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

For more information on the Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology Master’s programme, visit our website (the link does not work with internet explorer, please open the link with another internet browser).

Programme scheme
*Since 2018-2019, Introducing Life Sciences, together with the Life Sciences Seminars and Navigation Towards Personal Excellence, is part of the course Life Sciences Academy.

Major Research project
Mandatory theoretical courses
Elective component
Writing assignment
Life Sciences Academy*

Course list