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Biomedical Sciences (MSc)

Biomedical Sciences Research

The Biomedical Sciences research specialisation aims to provide you with a theoretical background and academic competences in multidisciplinary research in Biomedical Sciences. The entire programme is taught in English.

What does the Research specialisation entail?

In the Research specialisation you will spend two years (120 EC) on state-of-the-art biomedical courses and research. You will:

  • Deepen and extend your knowledge on the human body in health and disease
  • Acquire academic skills like team work, problem solving and critical thinking
  • Learn to independently perform biomedical research in different models and with different techniques
  • Learn to present and write up your research in a clear and structured way
  • Learn to search for reliable literature and write a literature review
  • Learn to apply for grants to fund your research

A great deal of the time you will be performing research yourself, thus you will obtain the necessary experience for your future job. Many of our Research graduates start with a PhD, but many other career options are also open. Do you want to know what your career options are with this specialisation? Read more on Career Prospects.

The components specific for the Research specialisation are:

The study programme of the Biomedical Sciences Research specialisation is flexible. You can choose a variety of different courses, electives and research internships. However, you have to train yourself in a broad spectrum of topics during your master.

Still, the Research specialisation allows you to focus, to a certain extent, on a particular scientific area. Tracks that provide this focus are offered, which are related to the medical profiles of the LUMC. These tracks are:

  • Neurosciences
  • Immunity, Infectious Disease and Tolerance
  • Data@work (data-driven research)
  • Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy

You can even design your own track, in which you can define your own fields of interest. By planning your master, you gain necessary skills for your future career.

In the Research specialisation you will gain a great deal of experience in the lab.

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