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Biomedical Sciences: Health

The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences – Health 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 Health specialisation.

Additional information on the programme and its regulations, can be found on the website of the Leiden University and the learning management system (Brightspace). 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:

  1. engage in individual and independent academic thinking

  2. analyse complex issues

  3. write academic reports

  4. 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 career outside academia;

Health Specialisation

Fluency in Dutch required!

Dit programma staat alleen open voor:

  • Leidse studenten Geneeskunde die een bachelor Geneeskunde en een premaster programma (BW-track) met succes hebben afgerond.

  • Studenten die toegelaten zijn tot de master Biomedical Sciences en daarnaast ook de master Geneeskunde in Leiden volgen.

Coordinator M-, C-, E- and H- specialisations: Ms. J. van der Zee

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory components

Clinical Research in Practice 6
Junior Research Project I 29/49
How to Write a Research Proposal 2
Career Orientation 2
Junior Research Project II 40/54
Semi-artsstage 22/28/34
Reflection Course: Scientific Conduct 1


De keuzeruimte beslaat 6-26 ECTS, afhankelijk van de lengte van JRP-II (20-40 ECTS).

A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part A 1
A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part B 1
CRiP - Advanced Concepts in Epidemiology 1
CIS: Film-making for scientists 1
CIS: Presenting like a Pro 1

FOS courses in 2021-2022

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

Allogeneic Transplantation and Immunotherapy: From Bench to Bedside 6
Biological Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 6
Biomedical Translational Research in Surgery 6
Chemical Biology, Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy 6
Clinical Pharmacology 4
Cutting edge Immunology: from Chemistry to Metabolism 6
Depression and other Stress Related Disorders 6
Finding new causes of thrombosis: the clinical-epidemiological approach. From idea to publication. 6
Imaging in Neurosciences 6
Molecular Data Science: from disease mechanisms to personalized medicine 6
Molecular Virology of RNA Viruses 6
Pathogen Host Interactions 6
Regulation of the Immune Response in Human Disease 6
The Pathophysiology of Coagulation 6
Clinical and Functional Neuroanatomy 6
From genetic disease to functional genomics 6
Glycobiology in Health and Disease 4
Proteomics in Biomedical Research 6
Research Applications of Developmental Biology: Stem cells, regeneration and development 6
Stem Cells 6
Translational Neurogenetics 6

FOS courses in 2022-2023

Advances in Neurophysiology 6
Cardiometabolic disease 6
Genome (in)stability, cancer and ageing 6
Optogenetics and Immortogenetics in Cardiovascular Research and Therapy 4

Career Preparation

The programme of the master BMS contains the mandatory course Career Orientation of 2 EC. The assignments and activities within Career Orientation are designed to stimulate you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses as well as you career options and choices, and are spread out through your whole master programme. You will get to know the broad job market for Biomedical Scientists by meeting researchers, alumni and employers during the various activities within this course. You will practice how to present your professional profile to your network. Entering the job market should feel like a logical follow-up of your activities in the master and this course offers the opportunity to find out what you can and want to do with your master degree Biomedical Sciences.

LUMC also offers Career Service. Career Service of the Medicine Faculty offers support if you have questions about your career, the job market and job applications, and organizes workshops on a variety of job related subjects. Are you looking for career advice? Visit the Career Service of Medicine!

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