The Graduate School of Life Sciences aims to deliver outstanding independent researchers in the field of Life Sciences. These researchers will be familiar with the latest developments in their field and be able to develop this scientific field further on the basis of scientific and socially relevant questions and challenges. Every Master’s graduate should, in principle, be able to qualify for a PhD position and preferably also have ambitions to pursue a career in scientific research. To achieve this goal, the School supplies advanced research-intensive education in which education and research go hand in hand. An important underlying principle here is to ensure that students benefit optimally from the presence of top research and top researchers.
These objectives have been stated in terms of the learning outcomes below, which correspond to the widely used Dublin descriptors for Master’s programmes. The descriptors have been stated in terms specific to the entire field of Life Sciences. The individual Master’s programmes at the GSLS elaborate these School-wide learning objectives further at the programme level.

Graduates will have profound knowledge of, and insights into:

  1. At least one of the specialised subjects of Life Sciences. With this knowledge graduates are able to make a substantial contribution to the development and/or application of scientific concepts and methods, often in a research context.
  2. Important, recent developments within the Life Sciences. Graduates are able to point out the implications of these developments on the Life Sciences field and society.
  3. The way to adequately use and interpret specialist literature in at least one of the subjects of Life Sciences.

Graduates will become skilled in:

  1. Translating a Life Sciences problem into a relevant research question, suitable for research development or product design.
  2. Designing a suitable research plan to test the formulated research questions, according to methodological and scientific standards.
  3. Independently performing research, with the required accuracy. Graduates are able to handle, analyse, interpret and evaluate the empirically derived data in a correct manner.
  4. Discussing the outcomes of empirical research and linking them with scientific theories.
  5. Indicating the importance of research activities for solving a biomedical question or problem, if applicable from a social perspective.
  6. Critically reflecting on their own research work in Life Sciences, from a social perspective.
  7. Comprehensibly reporting research results verbally and in writing, to specialised and non-specialised audiences in an international context.

Graduates will display attitudes that enable them to:

  1. Function effectively in a multidisciplinary research team.
  2. Reflect on their own development and study career. If necessary, graduates are able to motivate and adjust themselves.
  3. Function independently and result oriented in a competitive labour market.
  4. Be eligible for a PhD position or a position in another sector.