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Minor Medical Biology - Molecular Sciences, Semester 1

This minor in ‘Medical Biology and Molecular Life Sciences’ gives you an introduction to various topics. You will get acquainted with subjects such as genomics and bioinformatics as well as with the immune system and RNA. More information on a specific course described below, can be found in the online prospectus.

With this minor of 30 ECTS, you can be admitted to the Master’s in Medical Biology at Radboud University in case you come from a relevant Bachelor's programme (see ingangseisen) and want to study further in our Master's in Medical biology. This minor will count as Pre-Master's programme in this case.

Note that our Master's programme has 3 different specialisations. You need to choose your minor in a good way for one of these specialisations. In case of doubt take up contact with us.

You will follow three courses per quarter: one course on Monday/Tuesday, one course on Wednesday and one course on Thursday/Friday. In the schedule below, you can choose a course of your own preference on the Thursday/Friday in quarter 1 and on the Monday/Tuesday and Wednesday in quarter 2.




• RNA Structure and Function (NWI-MOL107)



• Biology and Society (NWI-BB011B)



• Essentials of Organic Chemistry (NWI-MOL101)


• Medical Biotechnology (NWI-MOL104) (via application letter)




Molecular Principles of Development (NWI-BB084B)


Pharmacochemistry (NWI-MOL053)



• Debating Science in Society (NWI-FC0042B)


• History of Biology (NWI-BB028B)



• Infectious Diseases (NWI-BB097)


• Nanobiotechnology (NWI-MOL078)



RNA Structure and Function: In this course, students will be introduced to the diversity of especially non-coding RNA molecules and their functions in the cell. An interdisciplinary approach to understanding RNA structure and function will be taken.


Biology and Society: In this course the societal role of biology will be addresses: biology plays a role in society and this can cause conflicts, tension and ethical issues.


Essentials of Organic Chemistry: In this course you will learn about the essentials of organic chemistry. You will be taught how organic molecules are built up out of atoms by describing their electronic structure and bonding interactions. This will be followed by a discussion of some basic reactions that molecules can undergo. Additionally, reactions that are commonly observed in biology will be highlighted.


Medical Biotechnology: Medical biotechnology is the application of living cells or cell material in the development or generation of products to prevent, diagnose or treat human disease. Through this course, you will obtain an overview of how interdisciplinary efforts help shaping modern healthcare by developing biotechnological diagnostics and therapeutics for precision medicine. You have to apply via a letter to the teacher (see prospectus). There are limited positions.


Molecular Principles of Development: Cells can be induced to adopt a state of pluripotency, but can also transdifferentiate to other cell types. These discoveries are relevant for regenerative medicine and have spurred a renewed interest in the regulatory mechanisms of embryogenesis. This course links genes, gene products and pathways to the complex processes underlying developmental biology.


Pharmacochemistry: This course will discuss the fundamental principles underlying the mode of action and metabolism of drugs in the human body. Apart from that, an overview will be provided of the specific methods applicable for design, synthesis and optimization of new drugs, with particular focus on the relationship between structure and activity.


Debating Science in Society: The purpose of this course is to get acquainted with topics of science in society on the basis of case studies and to gain insight into the interaction between science, politics, media and citizens. (site will be updated to English)


History of Biology: It may sound like a dreadful cliché, but the aim of this course is to learn from the past. The course will not present you with an endless stream of historic facts or isolated funny anecdotes (although some of the history of biology can be quite entertaining). The stress will be on the interpretation of history: we will try to understand patterns and relations in the development of biology, rather than list who discovered what, where, and when.


Infectious Diseases (Link must be added): This course will focus on the epidemiology, pathogenesis and mechanisms of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, thereby integrating the microbiological and immunological principles of infectious diseases. The students will learn about the basic mechanism of the routes of entry and transmission of pathogens and the course of infection of different sites of the body. Furthermore, this course will also include the molecular and cellular details on microbial adaptation to the host, virulence mechanisms and mechanisms of cell and tissue damage leading to acute and chronic infections. The student will reflect on the societal impact of infectious diseases and will learn about the diagnosis, vaccination and treatment of infections.



See the learning goals of each individual course in the online prospectus for more detailed information.


Third or fourth year of the Bachelor's of Applied Sciences Universities. In general all medical and molecular related sciences course programmes, such as BML and bioinformatics.


For every course there is a first exam and a resit opportunity in the same semester. The first exam is (mostly) scheduled in the last week of the quarter.

See the information in the online prospectus for more details about exams / products of each individual course.

At the end of the minor you can request a formal grade list.


See the literature (mandatory or optional) of each individual course in the online prospectus.


The courses of quarter one are scheduled from August 31 - October 30. Courses of the second quarter are scheduled from November 2 - January 29, 2021.

See the schedule of each individual course in the online prospectus for further details.

After being registered as minor student you will receive a login to the Student Portal of Radboud University. Via the Portal you can see a Personal Schedule and you can enter the Brightspace environment.