Minor Deepening Minor: Biomedical research in practice

Verdiepende minor
10 weken
Toelaatbaar voor studenten van de opleidingen


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. In the event that the internship cannot take place due to (travel) restrictions regarding Covid-19, a suitable research project will be developed.

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. 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 26 participants. You will be asked to fill out an online form to facilitate division of candidates among the (international) internship places.
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.

Special characteristics:

  • This minor is a selection minor. This means that you need to register for this minor between 1 April and 15 April 2021. 
  • Please be aware that during your internship abroad, you can not have exam resits (week 6 – week 9).

Overview content

Week 1-5: theory and practical experiments
Week 6-9: laboratory internship (or research project)
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 (Alberts et al.) and articles from the literature
• Manuals for practical work (will be distributed during the course)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:

  • Examen: 30%
  • Research proposal: 40%
  • Lab report: 10%
  • Internship: 10%
  • Presentation: 10%

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

In the event of Covid-19 restrictions preventing the lab internship and/or lab class, the contribution of individual assessment methods will be adjusted.

Students will get the opportunity to evaluate their exam grading. They will get written feedback on their report of the practical week, research proposal and research internship.

Contact information

Dr. Dik C. van Gent
room: Ee700

Dr. Ines Chaves
room: Ee700


Verdiepende minor
10 weken
Toelaatbaar voor studenten van de opleidingen
Erasmus MC
Studiepunten (EC)
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam


Please read the application procedure for more information.