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Minor Medical Biology, Quarter 3 (semester 2)

This minor in ‘Medical 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.

You can follow this minor of 15 ECTS in combination with the 'Minor Medical Biology, Quarter 4' of 15 ECTS. In that case your 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 take up contact with 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 Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday/Friday. For this minor therefore, you need a creative mind! You can compile a study programme that fits your own interests and background knowledge best.



• Animal Cell Biology (NWI-BB023B)

• Functional Genomics (NWI-BB064B)

• Pathophysiology of the Kidney (NWI-BB065B)



• Statistics II (NWI-BB093)

• Comparative Genomics (NWI-MOL073)

• History of Biology (NWI-BB028B)



• Immunology (NWI-BB019B)

• Molecular Basis of Diseases (NWI-MOL055)


Animal Cell Biology: In this course the student you'll gain  knowledge of and insight into fundamental cell biological processes in animal cells at the level of the main molecular components and regulators involved, like cell communication and signal transduction, protein sorting and intracellular transport and regulation and function of the cytoskeleton.


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.


Pathophysiology of the Kidney: The kidney is the main organ for the regulation of ion and water homeostasis. For this, kidney epithelial cells integrate environmental signals resulting in activation or inactivation of specific channel and transporter proteins. In this course you will become familiar with these processes.


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.

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.


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.


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 February 3rd – April 10th.

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