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Biomedical Sciences Research (MSc)

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Biomedical Sciences (MSc)

The Biomedical Sciences Research specialisation aims to provide you with a theoretical background and with general academic competences in multidisciplinary research in Biomedical Sciences.

Programme overview

The common part of the programme for all students of MSc Biomedical Sciences consists of:

  • A 20-week research traineeship in a laboratory;
  • A number of theoretical and thematic (Frontiers of Science) courses;
  • A course on how to write a research proposal;
  • A course on clinical research in practice;
  • A course on scientific conduct.

In addition, the Research specialisation further prepares you for a career as a biomedical researcher.

In total, you will spend two years (120 EC) on state of the art biomedical courses and a great deal on doing research yourself. You define your own fields of interest in courses and research projects, but are requested to train yourself in a broad spectrum of biomedical topics and techniques.

The Biomedical Sciences Research Programme offers you a broad education. Still, the Research Specialisation allows you to focus to a certain extent on a specific scientific area. Specific tracks that provide this focus are Epidemiology, Neurosciences, Immunity, Infectious Disease and Tolerance, and Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy.

For the most up-to-date course overview, see the e-Prospectus

Educational methods

The common part of the programme  for all students of MSc Biomedical Sciences specialisation research consists of the following educational methods: lectures, workgroups, (computer) practical sessions, self-study exercises, tutorials, research internships, independent writing, hands-on workshops and live demonstrations. Depending on your choice of electives other educational methods will be offered.


Support groups

The Master program Biomedical sciences offers special support groups for students. You may contact the professors in this support group in case you need advice in making choices with regards to the possibilities within the master’s program.

General information

For general information concerning the possibilities within the master and advice with respect to the scheduling of your master’s program: Dr. J. van der Zee (J.van_der_Zee@lumc.nl) and P.J.A. van den Broek (P.J.A.van_den_Broek@lumc.nl).

Study advisor

For all your study related questions, among others concerning procedures, organisation of your studies and personal circumstances, you can contact the study advisor: Bianca Hogers (B.Hogers@lumc.nl)