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Biomedical Sciences: Management

The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences – Management 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 Management 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;

Management Specialisation

The Management specialisation is offered by Leiden University Medical Center in collaboration with the Faculty of Science. The programme, called Business studies, 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 management (e.g. marketing, finance, project management). Yet, graduates will also be equipped to pursuit a career within scientific biomedical research. The entire programme is taught in English.

The programme encompasses compulsory components of the Research master’s programme (at least 60 EC) combined with courses from the Business programme at the Faculty of Science. A management internship will be executed at an organization/company with a link to the biomedical field. Approval of this internship should be given beforehand by the examination board of the master Biomedical Sciences. The programme can be extended within the free elective scope of the curriculum.

Programme components are:
Management course programme (15 EC)

  • Strategy and Technology

  • Marketing Science

  • Strategic Financial Management

  • Operations Management

Project Proposal: Management (3 EC)
JRP2 Management (26-42 EC)

Students with prior education in management, business and entrepreneurship (e.g. students who have completed the Science Based Business (SBB)/Business Studies Fundamentals course – Bachelor edition) are exempted from following these 4 courses in the master’s Management specialisation. These courses need to be substituted by at least an equal number of EC of other SBB/Business studies master modules, offered by the Faculty of Science, or elsewhere.

For detailed description of the courses modules/components of Business studies, please refer to the website of Business studies directly.

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

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Compulsory components

Clinical Research in Practice 6
Junior Research Project I 29/49
Career Orientation 2
How to Write a Research Proposal 2
Junior Research Project II (Management specialisation) 26/42
Reflection Course: Scientific Conduct 1
Strategy and Technology
Marketing Science
Strategic Financial Management
Operations Management


The elective area contains 8-24 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 entire 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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