Minor Deepening Minor: Biomedical research in practice

Deepening minor
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The goal of this minor is to introduce students to biomedical research. Various research methods will be discussed and carried out in practice or in demonstration. Subjects will include molecular cell biology, immunology and stem cell research, with an emphasis on designing and carrying out experiments in a laboratory setting. Creativity and problem solving capacity will be more important than acquiring new knowledge per se.

During this 10-week minor, you will also write a research proposal (in couples and under supervision of an experienced researcher)  and do a 4-week laboratory internship that will allow you to concentrate on the field of biomedical research that you are most interested in. The internship can be done in an Erasmus MC laboratory or in one of several foreign countries.

Attendance is mandatory for all educational elements of the minor. Absence during especially the practical lessons or the internship can lead to removal from the minor.

The student should take into account that:
This minor is a ‘deepening minor’ and will therefore only be accessible to medical students that are interested in biomedical research from Erasmus MC or LUMC, EUC students that follow the life science track or Bachelor students Nanobiology and Clinical Technology. A good command of the English language will be necessary for successful completion of this minor. This minor is strongly advised when you would like to enter the MSc Molecular Medicine, and provides very relevant background for MSc Infection and Immunity and MSc Neuroscience.

Learning objectives

After following this minor students are able to:

  • Apply knowledge of research methods to plan, conduct and analyze biomedical experiments.
  • Develop a research proposal and report research outcomes in written and oral form.

Special aspects

This minor has a maximum of 24 participants; a selection process will take place if it is oversubscribed. You will be asked to fill out an online form to facilitate this selection process.
Good command of the English language is required, as all teaching is in English.
During the internship (weeks 6-9) you are expected in the lab at least between 9 am and 5 pm.

Overview content

Week 1-5: theory and practical experiments
Week 6-9: laboratory internship
Week 10: hand in research proposal and internship presentations (PowerPoint)

Teaching methods

Lectures on biomedical subjects (molecular cell biology, genetics, immunology, development).
Practicals and laboratory internship, including presentation in oral and written form.
Supervised research proposal writing.

Teaching materials

Essential Cell Biology and articles from the literature.
Manuals for practical work (will be distributed during the course).


Method of examination
The minor exam will be composed of essay questions (approximately 80%) and multiple choice questions (approximately 20%).

Composition final grade
The final grade of this minor will be determined as follows:

  • Written exam (mainly open questions)  (50%).
  • Written report (10%) and project proposal (20%).
  • Grading of the lab research rotation (practical work and oral presentation) (20%).

Each of these elements needs to be passed with a grade of 5,5 or higher.

Students will get the opportunity to evaluate their exam grading. They will get written feedback on their research proposal and PowerPoint presentation.

Contact information

Dr. Dik C. van Gent
room: Ee700

Deepening minor
Minor code
Access with study programmes
Erasmus MC
Study points (ECTS)
Instruction language
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam


Please read the application procedure for more information.