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Minor Medical Biology, Semester 1

This minor in ‘Medical and molecular biology’ 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 Wednesday in quarter 1 and on Monday/Tuesday in quarter 2.




• Genomics for Health and Environment (NWI-BB086)**



• Biologie en Samenleving (NWI-BB011B)*

• Introduction to R programming in biology (NWI-BB095)



• Genomics for Health and Environment  (NWI-BB086)**




• Immunology (NWI-BB019B)

• RNA Structure and Function (NWI-MOL107)



• Debating Science in Society (FC0042B)



• Molecular Principles of Development (NWI-BB084B)


*This course is taught in Dutch

**Genomics in Health and Environment has to be taken as well on Mon/Tue as on Thu/Fri. This is a 12 ECTS course. It requires an email to be send to dr. Colin Logie via


Genomics for Health and Environment: The general objective of this course is to provide theoretical background and hands-on experience in microbial (meta)genomics, medical genomics and transcriptomics.  Bioinformatic aspects of genome complexity, read mapping, next generation DNA sequencing (NGS) signal quantification and functional interpretation are taught.


Biologie en Samenleving: In deze cursus wordt het maatschappelijk functioneren van biologie gethematiseerd: de rol die biologie in de samenleving speelt; het maatschappelijk veld waarin de biologie opereert en de conflicten, spanningen en ethische vraagstukken die daaruit voortvloeien.


Introduction to R programming in biology: R is a popular and powerful programming language that is indispensable for many fundamental and applied research projects. This course covers the basics of R programming. You will learn how to load, process and visualize data in R and how to automatize these actions to increase the efficiency of your work.


Immunology: In this course you will get acquainted with the immune system, with its disturbed balance in immune-related disorders, such as autoimmunity, graft rejection, infection and tumor formation. You'll also get to understand how therapeutic manipulation of the system in the aforementioned immune-related disorders may restore its disturbed balance.


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.


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)


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.


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.


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


The courses of quarter one are scheduled from September 2nd - November 1st. Courses of the second quarter are scheduled from November 4th - January 31st 2020.

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