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Biomedical Sciences: Research

The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences – Research consists of compulsory components (e.g. courses and research projects) and electives. The total amount of credits of this two-year programme is 120 EC. Please check the list below for detailed descriptions of the components involved in the Research specialisation.

Additional information on the programme and its regulations, can be found on the website of the programme Biomedical Sciences and the learning management system (Blackboard). Information on course schedules is separately provided.

The master’s programme has the following objectives:

  • to impart to students academic knowledge, insight, skills, and methodology in the field of biomedical sciences;

  • to encourage students to adopt an academic attitude by acquiring the ability to:

  • engage in individual and independent academic thinking

  • analyse complex issues

  • write academic reports

  • apply specialist knowledge and skills in a philosophical and social context;

  • to prepare students for an academic career and postgraduate education, or to prepare them for a career in teaching or another career outside academia

Research Specialisation

The MSc research programme is taught in English. The study programme aims at deepening and broadening the student’s knowledge within those research areas which determine the LUMC profile. Deepening shall primarily take place during the two Junior Research Projects (20 weeks in MSc1, 28 weeks in MSc2) and during the Scientific review. Broadening shall be achieved as the student has to become familiar with at least 4 different LUMC profile-determining research areas through his/her choice for the Junior Research Projects, the Frontier of Science and elective courses (please also refer to the document on Procedures for Training Periods).
The Research Specialisation allows you to focus to a certain extent on a specific scientific area. For those interested in working with (large) data sets (Data@Work), Neurosciences, Immunity/Infectious Disease or Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy, focus is offered in specific tracks on these subjects in the 2nd master year.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory components

How to Write a Research Proposal 2
Reflection Course: Scientific Conduct 1
Clinical Research in Practice 5
Course on Laboratory Animal Science 4
Junior Research Project I 29/49
Research Proposal (BMS) 5
Scientific Review Biomedical Sciences 6
Junior Research Project II 40/55
Career Orientation 2


The elective area contains 14 ECTS.

How To Start My Master 1
Guest Lectures 1
CRiP - Advanced Concepts in Epidemiology 1
CRiP - Using R for data analysis 1
A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part A 1
A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part B 1
CIS: Presenting like a Pro 1

FOS courses in 2018-2019

Advances in Neurophysiology 6
Allogeneic Transplantation and Immunotherapy: From Bench to Bedside 6
Biological Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 6
Biomedical Translational Research in Surgery 6
Cardiometabolic disease 6
Chemical Biology, Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy 6
Clinical and Functional Neuroanatomy 6
Clinical Pharmacology 4
Proteomics in Biomedical Research 6
Depression and other Stress Related Disorders 6
Electrical Interactions in the Heart: From Disease to Treatment 4
Finding new causes of thrombosis: the clinical-epidemiological approach. From idea to publication. 6
Genome (in)stability, cancer and ageing 6
Imaging in Neurosciences 6
Molecular Data Science: from disease mechanisms to personalized medicine 4
Molecular Virology of RNA Viruses 6
Pathogen Host Interactions 6
Regulation of the Immune Response in Human Disease 6
Research Applications of Developmental Biology 4
The Pathophysiology of Coagulation 6
Glycobiology in Health and Disease 4

FOS Courses in 2019-2020

Cutting edge Immunology: from Chemistry to Metabolism 6
From genetic disease to functional genomics 6
Translational Neurogenetics 6
Stem Cells 6