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European Master of Science

A year of advanced studies for students with an MSc degree in medicine or biomedical science

MADE partner universities:

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy
  • Universität Bern, Switzerland

There’s growing recognition of the fundamental importance of epidemiology to high-level clinical research. Epidemiology has made huge contributions to evidence-based medicine. It’s fundamental to diagnosis, prognosis and prediction, and treatment. It’s also an important evaluative tool – helping to assess not only strategies for screening, but also the value of new prognostic indicators, and the efficacy and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions.

Genetic information
All disease reflects interactions between genetic, environmental, social and behavioural factors. Thanks to recent developments in biomedicine and bio-informatics, the potential for adding genetic information to patients’  files and risk profiles has already been greatly enhanced. Now, given the fundamental role of epidemiological methods in medicine, there’s a clear need to integrate clinical and genetic epidemiology. Known as ‘advanced epidemiology’, this integrative approach is at the cutting edge of epidemiology, viewing clinical epidemiology in a genetic context and genetic epidemiology in a clinical context.

Ambitious students
Pooling their expertise in a ground-breaking consortium –the MADE consortium – four leading European universities in clinical and genetic epidemiology now offer a one-year Masters’ programme for ambitious students with an MSc degree in medicine or biomedical sciences.

Joint degree
The first semester focuses on theory, and can be taken at Erasmus University Medical Center or Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. In the second semester, students design and implement an individual research project at one of the four campuses. This phase culminates in a scientific paper eligible for submission to an international peer-reviewed journal. During their research work, students are offered specialised elective courses that match their research interests. These, too, can be taken at any of the campuses. Successful  students are awarded a fully accredited Joint Degree.

Scientific career
As an excellent preparation for a PhD research project, the MADE Masters’ programme will enable you to integrate clinical and genetic aspects of epidemiology into your clinical work and research. Whether you’re starting out or already on your way, you’ll be equipped to combine your scientific career with a clinical one. You’ll also be able to work in the pharmaceuticals, food or medical-appliance industry, or in positions at health ministries, universities, university hospitals, research institutes or advisory organisations.

Visit the website of MADE for careers in clinical and genetic research.

The programme and Joint Degree have been accredited by Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

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