Short Courses in Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Molecular Sciences

Suggested Short Courses in Molecular Sciences

Certificate Exploring Nature's Molecular Machines

The Exploring Nature's Molecular Machines course is offered at Utrecht Summer School. You will experience the stimulating, international environment in our research laboratories and grasp first hand the meaning of interdisciplinary science. We will focus on the chemical principles underlying protein structure and function. We will examine how proteins fold into complex “molecular machines”, and how malfunction of individual proteins leads to failure and disease.

Faculty of Science (UU)
Certificate Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer

Molecular Mechanisms in Cancer from Utrecht Summer School focuses on the molecular mechanisms that turn a normal cell into a cancer cell. We will explore the regulation of cell cycle progression, the control of transcription regulation and the signaling networks that enable cells to execute vital processes such as growth, division and migration, and how malfunctioning of these processes may lead to tumour formation and metastasis.

Faculty of Medicine (UU)

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Molecular sciences is a cross-disciplinary field that studies molecular materials, structures and systems and their application to real-word problems. Molecular sciences serve as a basis for other scientific areas such as medicine and pharmacology, bio-molecular engineering, ecology and environmental sciences, neurobiology, materials and chemical engineering. Masters in Molecular Sciences also involve aspects of scientific innovation and discovery, ethics and environmental sustainability.

Specialised courses in molecular sciences are based on the main focus areas of biology, chemistry, physics and technology. Classes may include topics such as: molecular biology, molecular life sciences, biomedical and molecular sciences, chemical and molecular sciences, molecular health sciences, molecular science and technology, or molecular science and engineering.

Students in molecular sciences also have a significant study choice when it comes to academic specialisations, since each university will advance their own set of research areas. Examples of specialisations include: design and synthesis of molecular structures, biological chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, materials and food chemistry, biomedicine and biomelocular interactions, clinical molecular genetics, environmental biology, etc.

Professionals typically work in medicine and medical engineering, pharmaceuticals industry, cosmetics, agriculture and forestry, forensic sciences, scientific consultancy. Many welcome the possibilities to gradually advance in management positions, while others continue their research as senior scientists.

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