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Course module: BMB503717
Co-challenge: Life's Professional Challenges
Course infoSchedule
Course codeBMB503717
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personM.C. Gerbrands
Contactperson for the course
M.C. Gerbrands
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Remark6-17 May 2019. Please check description for registration procedure.
Course application processCourse coordinator
Additional informationCourse coordinator
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listYes
Course placement processdocent
Learning  goals:
  • The student will deliver in co-operation with a team, a conceptual design based on the demands of the client.
  • The student is able to select and use entrepreneurial techniques and skills
  • The student is able to develop and realize a presentation based on their own personal and professional skills.
  • The student reflects on his or her academic skills, personal skills, and overall growth during the course.
Period (from – till): 6 May - 17 May 2019.

Course Coordinator: Ing. Michèle Gerbrands (

Facluty and Lecturer(s):
Heleen van Ravenswaaij Msc, Biomedical Sciences.
Heleen and Michele developed this elective course in co-operation with Career Services.
A diverse groups of lecturers and professionals from the educational and corporate world will share their knowledge and skills during this elective course

Course description:
As a 3d year Bachelor, Master or PhD student of  Utrecht University (UU) you are not far away from graduating, taking your first steps into the professional world. You will be challenged to work with a diverse group of colleagues, co-operate, and solve complex problems that fit users and society’s needs. In order to prepare yourself for the labour market you need to develop your professional and personal skills and attain the necessary knowledge. Gaining new skills implicates the ability to actively plan, reflect, learn and experience your way into them in order to keep on track in a world where ‘life-long learning’ has become the standard.
This two-week elective course offers you a challenge to create a concept for a client in co-operation and co-creation with peers from several Bachelor (year 3), Master and PhD  programmes as well as with professionals from the educational and corporate world. You are offered short inspirational sessions and workshops to discover which team- and individual based (soft)skills, techniques and tools are needed to deliver a concept. At a networking event you will pitch the concept and receive feedback. Several coaches are available if you need help (on-demand coaching). You will present your final concept to the client and a jury using a pitch and a report.
Moreover you will create an elevator pitch. Being able to pitch your own unique set of skills can assist you in your future employability. Therefore, a coach will guide you through the process of making this pitch, and you will hand in a video of the pitch.

For more Information visit: or contact
This course is inspired from a co-creation event: Edu Challenge

Literature/study material used:
Students can register via the website Please follow the instruction on the website.
The registration is open for all UU students (3y Bachelor, MSc, PhD), recent alumni and HBO students.

Mandatory for students in own Master’s programme:

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:

There is a limit of 25 students. Registration is on first come, first served basis (max. 6 students per bachelor/master) if the applicant will meet the following criteria:
  • You are available (full time) during the course (9:00-16:30).
  • Short motivational letter why you want to attend this elective course.
The theme of this years’ real-world problem is “Students Wellbeing and Stress”. You will be developing a concept for the City of Utrecht. A detailed description of the assignment will be presented online before the start of the course and face-to-face on day 1 of the course.

The course will be offered in English.

A detailed schedule will be online before the start of the course and handed at the first meeting. We will start every day at 09:00 a.m. with an informal activity and end around 16:30 p.m. On day 4 the day ends at 18:30 p.m. due to the networking event.
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
There is no assumed prior knowledge. It is however a requirement that the student is enrolled as 3y Bachelor, MSc, PhD student, recent alumni or HBO student at the start of the course.
Required materials
Instructional formats
Group work

Guest lecture



Small-group session


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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