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Minor Neurobiology, Semester 1

This minor in ‘Neurobiology’ gives you an introduction in all kinds of topics in Neurobiology. You can get acquainted with behaviour, biotechnology as well as with neural development. 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 with specialisation Neurobiology at Radboud University in case you come from a relevant Bachelor's programme (see ingangseisen) and want to study further. This minor will count as Pre-Master's programme in this case.

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 and Thursday/Friday in quarter 1.




• Neurophysiology of Cognition and Behaviour (NWI-BB080B)



• Biologie en Samenleving (NWI-BB011B)*

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



• Essentials of Organic Chemistry (NWI-MOL101)

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




• Neurodevelopment (NWI-BB039C)



• Debating Science in Society (FC0042B)



• Molecular Principles of Development (NWI-BB084B)


*This course is taught in Dutch


Neurophysiology of Cognition and Behaviour: Cognition and Behaviour are generated by networks of neurons. In this course we will introduce to you the sensory representations underlying cognition, the motor representations underlying actions, and some of the circuits underlying multisensory integration.


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.


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.


Neurodevelopment: This course deals with the basic principles of neural development as exemplified by key experiments and observations from past and recent times. It covers all major topics along the way, including the patterning and growth of the nervous system, neuronal determination, axonal navigation and targeting, neuron survival and death, and synapse formation and plasticity.


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.