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Biomedical Sciences: Communication

The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences – Communication consists of compulsory components (e.g. taught courses, research projects, training period) 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 Communication specialisation.

Additional information on the programme, its regulations, schedules and timetable, etcetera can be consulted at LUMC’s website and on Blackboard. Please refer to links at your right hand side.

The master’s programme has the following objectives:

  1. to impart to students academic knowledge, insight, skills and methodology in the field of biomedical sciences;
  2. to prepare students for an academic career and postgraduate education, or to prepare them for a career in teaching or another career outside academia;
  3. 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.

Communication Specialisation

The Communication specialisation is offered by Leiden University Medical Centre in collaboration with the Faculty of Science. The programme, called Science, Communication and Society (SCS), enables students to develop knowledge and insight of, and opinions on a career outside scientific research. It broadens the student’s perspective predominantly in the field of communication (e.g. writing for a newspaper, website or science magazine or working for a museum). Yet, graduates will also be equipped to pursuit a career within scientific biomedical research. The entire programme is taught in English. For Dutch students it is also possible to follow writing classes in Dutch and to do an internship in an environment where Dutch is the only or preferred language.

The programme encompasses compulsory components of the Research master’s programme (at least 60 EC) combined with the Science, Communication and Society programme at the Faculty of Science. A communication internship will be executed at an organization/company/museum with a link to the biomedical field. The internship should contain a research project related to communication. Approval of the internship should be given beforehand by the examination board. Programme components are:

  • Science, Communication and Society Fundamentals (17 EC)

  • Project Proposal: Science, Communication and Society (3 EC)

  • Training Period Science, Communication and Society (23-40 EC)

For more information on SCS (Fundamentals), go to the website of SCS of the Faculty of Science.

Coordinator M-, C- , E- and H-specialisations
Mw. J. v.d. Zee

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory components

Clinical Research in Practice 5
How to Write a Research Proposal 2
Junior Research Project I 29
Reflection Course: Scientific Conduct 1
Career Orientation 1


The elective area contains 10-27 ECTS.

CRiP - Advanced Concepts in Epidemiology 1
CRiP - Advanced Concepts in R 1
Guest Lectures 1
How To Start My Master 1
Philosophical Aspects of Biomedicine A 1
Philosophical Aspects of Biomedicine B 1

FOS courses in 2016-2017

Your choice of FOS courses should add up to at least 12 credits in your enite 2-year programme.

Advances in Neurophysiology 6
Advanced Functional Neuroanatomy 6
Allogeneic Transplantation and Immunotherapy: From Bench to Bedside 6
Biological Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 4
Biomedical Translational Research in Surgery 6
Clinical Pharmacology 4
Clinical Proteomics and Metabolomics 6
Cutting edge Immunology: from Chemistry to Metabolism 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
From Molecular Pathogenesis to Targeted Therapy 6
Genome (in)stability, cancer and ageing 6
Imaging in Neurosciences 6
Molecular Epidemiology in Ageing Research 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

FOS courses in 2017-2018

Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome 4
From signal transduction to targeted therapy 6
Stem Cells 6