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Minor Medical Biology - Human Biology, Semester 2

This minor in ‘Medical Biology - Human Biology’ gives you an introduction in several topics in medical biology. You can get acquainted with cell biology, the complexity of the genome as well as with the immune system and the molecular basis of a disease. More information on a specific course described below, can be found in the online prospectus.

This minor is 30 EC and can count as a mandatory Premaster's in case you come from a relevant Bachelor's programme (see ingangseisen) and want to study further in our Master's in Medical biology.

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 contact us.

You will follow three courses: 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 Thursday/Friday in both quarters. You need a creative mind to compile a programme that best suits your preknowledge.

Quarter 3


• Principles and Practice of Human Pathology (NWI-BB025B)



• Histology (NWI-BP006B)



• Functional Genomics (NWI-BB064B)


• Molecular Basis of Diseases (NWI-MOL055)


• Immunology (NWI-BB019B)


Quarter 4


• Advanced Molecular Biology (NWI-BB017C)



• Philosophy & Ethics of Science (NWI-FFIL100)



• Medical Embryology (NWI-BB047C) - Note this course has restricted places


• Endocrinology (NWI-BB048B)



Principles and Practice of Human Pathology: This course provides a comprehensive overview of human pathology with emphasis on mechanisms of disease and diagnostic medicine. Obtained knowledge and skills will prepare students for employment in o.a. research institutes for (molecular) life sciences and diagnostic laboratories of academic hospitals.

Histology: The course applies the principle of ‘flipping the class room’: the student prepares topics with support of a manual and questionaire by reading relevant chapters  from Junqueira’s Basic Histology (Text and Atlas, fourteenth Edition or later) and Versatest modules and then follows the related lectures. In practicals, with support of teaching assistents, the students study real specimens of the basic tissues by light microscopy. Individual oral exams are organised to follow the study progress of the students.

Functional Genomics: This course will provide insight in the historical and technology-driven development of the genome sciences and provides information on the current understanding of the content of the genome and the molecular mechanisms and networks that regulate the genome.

Molecular Basis of Diseases: In this course, you will be introduced to molecular mechanisms of disease for a number of genetic, immunologic and metabolic disorders. You will learn to describe molecular processes and select diagnostic techniques and research approaches.

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.

Advanced Molecular Biology: In this course, the focus lies on molecular mechanisms and the molecular means of information flow in eukaryotes, from and to the cell's nucleus.

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's students from the Bachelor's of Applied Sciences Universities. In general all medical and molecular sciences related 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 January 25 – April 2. Courses of the fourth quarter are scheduled from April 5 – July 15, 2021.

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