Student Nutrition and Health
Prior Education: Nutrition and Diet HAN University of Applied Sciences
Hello, my name is Yvonne. At the moment I am a second year Master’s student Heath and Nutrition in Wageningen. Prior to this, I studied Nutrition and Diet at the HAN University of Applied Sciences. Back then I was very curious about research and I didn’t mind statistics either.
For that reason I decided to fill my minor, which I was also doing for half a year in Wageningen during my Bachelor’s, with courses from the Health and Nutrition Master’s. Thanks to the minor in Wageningen I experienced what I could expect from the Master’s and if I indeed found it interesting enough to do a follow-up training after completing my Bachelor’s. Taking these courses during my Bachelor’s meant that I didn’t have to do them during the Master’s and so, I had some more room for courses of my choice. In hind site this was not a must and the choice in courses was quite limited, but I have absolutely no regrets.
The courses are very focussed on conducting research and this is very welcome when starting the thesis and internship in the second year. The courses are very varied, like so there are lectures, practicals, computer education and an occasional excursion. It is quite different than class at an applied science university, there is a lot more theory and one really needs to keep up with it. On a whole I spent an average of 25-30 hours a week taking lectures and practicals. Beside that, there are hours of self study, but I didn’t always need them. The study load can be higher for some off course (especially if deadlines are to be met or exams are coming up!), but in general there is enough free time left to recover in. Combining a job on the side is also possible. There are enough of people who do that!
The Master’s is in English entirely. Luckily there are enough people for who English is not the mother tongue and you will (possibly with some help from your lecturer) get there for sure! It takes some getting used to, but eventually one does not know better. Momentarily I am writing my thesis with has the focus on Epidemiology within the GeoLynch study. This is a cohort that follows up on people who have been diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome (hereditary colon cancer) and sees which lifestyle and nutritional factors influence the arise of adenomas within this group. After this I might want to write a second thesis and, after finishing the program, do a PhD in Epidemiology. I will probably want to stay in research as that is what drew me to this Master’s program in the first place.