Medical nanosciences – The new master’s program specializationSNI INSight August 2021
The nanosciences are becoming increasingly important in the field of medicine – and nanoscience students at the University of Basel are taking notice. About a year ago, in response to this growth in interest, Nanoscience Coordinator Dr. Anja Car began to organize the launch of the new medical nanosciences specialization for the master’s degree program.
The new initiative kicks off in the 2021 fall semester. Students of the master’s program in nanosciences can select a specialization in physics, chemistry, molecular biology and now, for the first time, medical nanosciences. Starting in the fall semester, students can choose from 17 different lectures in areas ranging from drug sciences to biomedical engineering. Additional courses will be added in the spring semester.
As in the other subject areas, master’s students will be required to earn 16 credit points in lectures and practical courses in their area of specialization and complete both their project work and master’s thesis in medical nanosciences. Students must then complete a second project in one of the other specializations: physics, chemistry or molecular biology.
Prepared for success
Nanosciences students can begin preparing for this new specialization during their bachelor’s program by enrolling in one of the eight new elective lectures on the subject. This allows students to expand their knowledge of pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical development early on in their studies so that they are prepared for their master’s program in this promising new field of research.
“I’m very pleased to have settled all the formalities so that we can begin the program,” says Anja Car. “We’ve had many constructive conversations with our colleagues in the pharmaceutical sciences and biomedical engineering that have helped us craft this exciting and comprehensive range of courses.”
This new specialization is also reflected in recent changes to the teaching committee. Pharmaceuticals Professor Jörg Huwyler has joined the committee, replacing Professor Henning Stahlberg, who has taken up a position at EPF Lausanne.