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Orientation on From Cells to Organisms


Admission requirements

This course is for MSc students in Biology.


Coordinator: Dr. M.J.M. Schaaf Email:


Lectures will be given by group leaders teaching in the From Cells to Organisms specialisation, concentrated around the following themes: Molecular biology, Cell Biology, Development, Physiology and pathology, Behaviour and interaction with the environment, and Integration of different organization levels. The lectures will provide an integrated overview on the research topics studied in the From Cells to Organisms specialisation and will highlight the key scientific questions in the research fields covered by this specialisation. At the end of the course the students will write an essay on the topic they found most interesting. In this course, the students will introduce themselves to the rest of the group in a brief (~5 min) presentation.

Learning goals

Course objectives:

  • To provide students with an overview of the research fields covered by the From cells to Organisms specialisation

  • To introduce them to the basic concepts and the key scientific questions covered by those research fields

  • To familiarize students with the research and methods used within the research groups participating in the From cells to Organisms specialisation

  • To facilitate the choice for a first MSc research project, and to enable the planning of a concept program for the 2-years MSc specialisation

  • To Introduce the students to each other and get to know the interests and expertise of the other students in this specialisation

Final qualifications:
A starting MSc student has an overview of research fields, basic scientific concepts, key scientific questions, research topics, and research methods connected with From cells to Organisms specialisation. This will allow him/her to make well-informed choices for establishing his/her concept MSc study program and arranging his/her first research project.


From 6 September 2021. Programme details will be announced via Brightspace.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

The students will write an essay on a topic of choice and present a 5 minute pitch about him-/herself Both assignments should be satisfactory (according to the course coordinator)

Inspection and feedback on the examination

Date: N.A.


The schedule for this course and powerpoints of the lectures will be placed on Brightspace.

Reading list



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