Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology and Genetics is a specialisation within the MSc Programme in Biology which leads to the English title: MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Below you can read the competence profile and see an illustration of the structure of the specialisation.

On completion of the programme, an MSc in Biology with a specialisation in Molecular Biology and Genetics has acquired the following:

Knowledge about:

  • Genomic structure, organisation and function.
  • Genomic structural elements, including centromeres, telomeres, transposons and gene regulatory sequences.
  • The structure and regulation of chromatin in post-translational modifications.
  • Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and other ‘omics’ technologies.
  • Causes, diagnosis and inheritance of human genetic diseases.
  • Genetic strategies for therapeutic intervention in human genetic diseases
  • Rules and regulations governing work with genetically modified organisms.

Skills to:

  • Set up, perform and evaluate genetic and genomic screens.
  • Design and construct genetically modified cells for biotechnological and biopharmaceutical purposes.
  • Apply bioinformatical methods and databases to analyse DNA, RNA and protein sequences.
  • Evaluate the applicability of molecular and genetic methods for specific model systems.

Competencies to:

  • Summarise the genetic and epigenetic basis for cellular functions.
  • Identify differences and similarities between different cell types.
  • Link genetic and epigenetic processes and regulation mechanisms.
  • Integrate genetic, epigenetic and molecular mechanisms with an overall understanding of cellular functions.
  • Apply molecular and genetic knowledge to understand human diseases

Programme structure for the specialisation in Molecular Biology and Genetics

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1

Theoretical Molecular Genetics Experimental Higher Model Organisms Restricted elective course Restricted elective course
Restricted elective course Restricted elective course Elective course Elective course
Year 2 Thesis

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the list below. Click on each course for a detailed description.