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Minor Neurobiology, Semester 2

This minor in ‘Neurobiology’ gives you an introduction in various topics. You will get acquainted with neuroscience, synapses as well as with developmental biology and physiology. More information on a specific course described below, can be found in the online prospectus.

With this minor of 30 ECTS, you will 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. 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 in quarter 3 and on Thursday/Friday in quarter 4.




• Neural Basis of Cognitive Perception (NWI-BB092)



• Statistics II (NWI-BB093)

• Comparative Genomics (NWI-MOL073)

• History of Biology (NWI-BB028B)



• Cognitive Neuroimaging (NWI-BB081B)




• Neurons and Synapses (NWI-BB094)



• Philosophy & Ethics of Science (NWI-FFIL100)



• Medical Embryology (NWI-BB047C)

• Endocrinology (BB048B)


Neural Basis of Cognition and Perception: The goal of this the course is to provide an insight into the basic neural processes that underly cognition (e.g. memory, attention, decision-making, etc) and perception (e.g visual, auditory, somatosensory, vestibular systems)


Statistics II: In this course you will be introduced to the statistical software JASP.


Comparative Genomics: This course is about how to convert genomic sequence data and other types of genomics data into biological knowledge and understanding. Sequence analysis and prediction of protein function are performed on multiple levels, ranging from comparing two protein sequences, to the prediction of their function by comparing multiple genomes and the analysis of the topology of protein interaction networks.


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.


Cognitive Neuroimaging: The field of cognitive neuroscience is rapidly expanding. The anatomical and functional properties of different parts of the nervous system are investigated in numerous ways and at many levels, varying from the molecular and cellular level to brain systems and behavior. This course will provide the fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience, with a major focus on modern brain imaging techniques and their applications.


Neurons and Synapses: The course focuses on the structure, organization, classification, and function of neurons and synapses. 


Philosophy & Ethics of Science: This course addresses in an integrated manner philosophical and bioethical aspects of bioscience. It provides a window for exploring the philosophical, ethical and societal dimensions of scientific research in biology and the life sciences.


Medical Embryology: This course deals with the basal aspects of developmental biology such as the development of the major animal models, description of developmental stages and the fundamental molecular processes in development. Besides, the lectures will discuss the early embryonic development of human, the fetus-mother relationship and the molecular-physiological mechanisms that drive the development of an embryo.


Endocrinology: Within this course you'll learn all about human physiology, endocrine glands, synthesis pathways of different types of hormones and you'll be able to use the acquired knowledge to explain simple clinical cases (pathologies, diagnostics and therapies).


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 three are scheduled from February 3rd – April 10th. Courses of the fourth quarter are scheduled from April 13th – July 10th 2020.

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