HAN’s part-time Master in Molecular Life Sciences teaches you how to apply scientific research to the development of products. For example, for the pharmaceutical industry or biotechnology. You learn about topics such as immunology and vaccine, drug and diagnostic test development.
A master in 2 to 4 years: The program in a nutshell
The part-time Master in Molecular Life Sciences program takes between 2 and 4 years to complete. The average length of study being 3 years. You have classes 1 day a week and 1 full week in the fall. You also learn in HAN’s online learning environment and apply your new skills at your own workplace. The study load is about 20 hours per week, and you can earn a total of 120 ECTS credits. Students with sufficient work experience can obtain a maximum of 33 credits with exemptions.
The program consists of 7 modules: 4 content modules, and 3 modules you carry out in your own professional practice. Already have a lot of work experience? Arrange a meeting to discuss whether you’re eligible for certain program exemptions.
The master in numbers
Academic calendar, grading and credits
The academic year runs from September to August and is divided into 2 semesters. In total there are 42 weeks of education.
Dutch grading utilizes a 10-point system. The highest grade is a 10, the lowest a 1. To pass, you need at least a 6. What if you score a 5.5? It’s rounded up to a 6 and is then a passing grade. A grade of 5.4 is rounded down to a 5 and is therefore a fail.
Here’s a basic definition of each grade. Please note: grades of 1, 2, 3 and 10 are rarely given. 9s are also quite rare. So, if you get an 8, you’re doing very well!
- very poor
- very unsatisfactory
- almost satisfactory
- very good
- At HAN we use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, or ECTS. It’s the standard system used in higher education throughout Europe. One credit is equivalent to approximately 28 hours of study. This includes contact hours and time spent working on assignments and studying for exams. Credits are awarded when you pass your exams.
Research is a key feature of the Molecular Life Sciences program. In fact, one of your modules is entirely devoted to research and product development skills. Skills that come in handy in your final module, the graduation project. That’s where you plan and execute your very own product development project. The program is also connected to the HAN BioCentre. This center provides applied research within the whole Biodiscovery chain. From discovery through analysis, to production and application of (new) biomolecules.
Detecting contaminants at individual protein levelWendy Pluk is a research scientist at Synthon and a student of the part-time Master in Molecular Life Sciences program. “My graduation project is about protein contaminants in a therapeutic antibody that we produce.”
New DNA analysis techniqueAdinda Diekstra, analyst at the Radboudumc Genetics Department, investigated whether the department should invest in a new DNA sequencing technique for diagnostics: semi-conductor sequencing (Next Generation Sequencing).
A new challenge?: Keep on developing
"What I expected from the program has come true" Sven van der Kooi
“I already had a lot of responsibility in my job as a research technician. Even so, I learned a lot from this Master program. The theoretical deepening has given me new insights in my field. I now have a better overview, and in new situations I can fall back on a solid theoretical background. The project management course and work I carried out on my soft skills were valuable additions for me. I got what I expected from the program: it empowered me to move into a wider area. I’ve since moved on to a new challenge and am now a production specialist at MSD Animal Health.”
A good fit?
Does your background fit this program? See whether you’re eligible for any program exemptions for subjects you might have covered in your previous education. Arrange a personal meeting to discover more.
Master title and accreditation
After successfully completing the program, you’ll have a Master of Science in Molecular Life Sciences. That means you can start using the highly esteemed MSc title after your name!
The Master in Molecular Life Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). So, you can be sure your degree meets the highest quality standards and is internationally recognized.
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