Life Sciences Academy

The Life Sciences Academy is divided into three parts:

  • Part I - Introducing Life Sciences (ILS)
  • Part II - Navigation Towards Personal Excellence (NTPE)
  • Part III - Life Science Seminars

The course is 1.5 credits in total.

Introducing Life Sciences (ILS) takes place in the first week of the academic year. It covers all aspects of academic education, including scientific integrity, career development, and valorisation & industry.

During this week there will also be time for the students to get to know each other, the schools staff and the staff of the Master's programme.

Every student receives a personalized barcode that will be used to monitor attendance. Attendance and participation are required to pass this part of the Life Sciences Academy.

For more information, please contact the ILS-course coordinator Pauline Krijgsheld.

Navigation Towards Personal Execellence expands on the information about profiles, valorisation, and experiences of alumni during ILS. It consists of 3 workshops / reflection days within the Master’s programme:

  1. Study Crafting (year 1)
  2. Envisioning your future (year 1)
  3. Off you go! (year 2)

Study crafting
The first workshop 'Study crafting' focuses on the choices within the first year (both specific study components as well as choices for personal development).

Envisioning your future
The second workshop 'Envisioning your future' will take place at the end of year 1. This workshop is focused on choices in the second year, and aims to raise awareness around the demands of the job market. In this workshop, alumni of the Master's programme are invited by the coordinator to share their experiences with the students.

Off you go
The final workshop 'Off you go' in the 2nd year of the Master’s programme covers the demands of future employers. It also gives insight in the job application process. These items will be discussed through a webinar, so all students can join the community from where ever they are in this world. The career officer will also attend this workshop to provide tips about networking, writing a CV, job interviews and job orientation and to answer the questions of the students about those topics. 

The programme coordinator will monitor the attendance of the students during every workshop. Attendance and participation are required for the student to pass this part of the Life Sciences Academy.

More information
For more information, contact the NTPE-course coordinator Rianne Bouwmeester.

The Life Sciences Seminars are organized monthly by the GSLS and its Master's programmes. Every academic year a total of 10 seminars will be offered by the GSLS. Five seminars are given by well-known, international scientists who present their state of the art research on topics covering the full range life sciences. The other five seminars cover broader interdisciplinary topics and soft-skills needed for professional development.

Each Master’s student has to attend at least 7 seminars during their Master’s programme, of which a minimum of 5 LS seminars oranized by the GSLS. Two seminars can be followed elsewhere, subject to the approval of the programme coordinator.

A track list of LS seminars that were followed should be admitted together with one final self-reflection (maximum 3 A4) about the knowledge and skills the student obtained during the seminar series. The programme coordinator evaluates this self-reflection (pass/fail).

For more information, contact the LS seminar-course coordinator Pauline Krijgsheld.

To pass the course, the student must pass three mandatory parts:

  1. Participate during ILS. (Attendance and participation required)*
  2. Participate in the NTPE workshop. (Attendance and participation required)
  3. Attend 7 LS seminar and write a self-reflection based on the seminars followed.

* Attendance is registered via a barcode.

After completing the course, the student:

Part I - Introducing Life Sciences

  • is familiar with the organisation of the Graduate School of Life Sciences.
  • is capable of consciously choosing between all options offered by the Graduate School (projects, profiles, courses and electives).
  • has knowledge about professional attitude, scientific integrity and the ethics of animal experiments.
  • is familiar with the concepts of valorisation and cooperation with industry.
  • has a detailed view on his/her future as MSc.
  • is introduced into the principles of academic writing (article, grant, writing assignment, proposal, and for the general public).
  • is introduced into the Utrecht Life Science community.
  • has made a flying start in building his/her Life Sciences network.

Part II - Navigation towards Personal Excellence

  • is able to reflect on his/her own development and study career.
  • is able to reflect on his/her current qualities and skills, and gain insight in those that need further development during your MSc. 
  • is able to study craft (make right choices for your future resume).
  • is able to prepare his/her career perspectives and career path / envision your future.

Part III - Life Sciences Seminars

  • gets acquainted with recent scientific developments in the field of Life Sciences other than their own MSc Programme.
  • is familiar with the multi-disciplinary field of life sciences and network with peers.
  • has an interdisciplinary scientific view.
  • is able to write a self-reflection about scientific seminars, ethics, and soft skills that contribute to your personal study and career success.