As of September 2017, the current Biology specialisations will be reorganised into the following four (more discipline-oriented) specialisations:
Students starting per February 2017 should enroll still in the current specialisations and will follow the full two year program as presented on this website and in the e prospectus.
The master’s specialisation Animal Sciences and Health offers a research-oriented education in animal biology with a strong focus on the generation of fundamental scientific knowledge that can lead to the improvement of human health.
Important aspects of animal development and the interaction of animals with the environment can be studied at different often integrated levels ranging from the molecular, genetic and cellular levels to the organismal and population levels.
An important part of the master education is a research project, which can be chosen from a large variety of topics, including animal behaviour, embryonic development, evolution, cancer development, and defense against bacterial infections. Research questions can be tackled with a multidisciplinary approach, combining disciplines such as molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, microscopy, cell physiology, morphology and behavioural biology. Research approaches exploit recent genomic and technological advances, for example expanding genomic sequence information, genomics and proteomics technology and confocal laser scanning microscopy which enables the study of molecules in living cells and multicellular organisms in unprecedented detail. Different animal models can be studied, including the zebrafish as a model for animal behavior and human development and disease.
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