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Biomedical Sciences Communication (MSc)

The Biomedical Sciences Communication specialisation focuses on the interaction between science and society and concerns science communication in a broad sense. You combine your research training with different aspects of science communication.

Jennifer Verkleij

Student master Biomedical Sciences Communication

Jennifer Verkleij

“I think it’s important that everyone has a good understanding of what scientists actually do and what kind of new discoveries they make. This master can help you to better write scientific articles, contribute to exhibitions, public surveys or providing public information or work for television or radio. ”

Programme overview

The Communication specialisation enables you to develop knowledge and insight of, and opinions on a career outside scientific research. It broadens your perspective in the field of communication (e.g. writing for a newspaper, website or science magazine or working for a museum). Yet, once graduated, you will also be equipped to pursuit a career within scientific biomedical research. The entire programme is taught in English.

The first year of your master is dedicated to the common programme of the master and focuses on biomedical research. In your second year you will follow the Science, Communication and Society programme, that is offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Sciences. Students will deal with topics such as science communication, science journalism, editing and presentation skills and information visualisation. You conclude your programme with a traineeship in the field of science communication and biomedicine.

For the most up to date programme overview of the communication specialisation and course information, see the e-Prospectus.

Educational Methods

The following educational methods are part of the master programme: lectures, workgroups, (computer) practical sessions, self-study exercises, tutorials, research internships, independent writing, presentations, hands-on workshops and live demonstrations. Depending on your choice of electives other educational methods will be offered. Frontiers of Science courses are always taught to small groups of students.


For general information concerning admission, the possibilities within the master and advice with respect to the scheduling of your master’s program, contact our advisors via masterBMS@lumc.nl.

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