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Biomedical Sciences (MSc)

Admission requirements

The maximum number of students that can be enrolled in the first year of the programme of the master Biomedical Sciences at LUMC is 100.

Admission for 2021-2022: Students that meet the entry requirements can be admitted after a qualitative selection procedure. All candidates have to submit a request for admission.

To be eligible for Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements:

Entry requirements for students with a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university

The Board of Admissions uses the following criteria: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences [bachelor Biomedische Wetenschappen], or a NVAO accredited Biomedical Sciences programme, at the level of a Dutch or Flemish University;
  • An equivalent bachelor’s degree (for example Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology, or Life Science and Technology). Applicants should possess in depth knowledge, understanding and skills (demonstrated by grades and/or ECTS)  in Immunology (6 ECTS), Pathology (6 ECTS), Bio-Statistics (6 ECTS), Neuroscience (6 ECTS) and Molecular Biology (9 ECTS) at the start of the master’s programme. 
  • The (bachelor) degree was passed within the nominal duration of the study plus one year at the start of the master's programme;
  • Research experience for at least three months in a final project (internship) at the start of the master's programme.*  
  • During a final project (internship) and/or courses the applicant has acquired skills with respect to working in a laboratory for at least three weeks;
  • In depth knowledge, understanding and skills (demonstrated by grades and/or ECTS) in
  • Immunology (6 ECTS), Pathology (6 ECTS), Bio-Statistics (6 ECTS), Neuroscience (6 ECTS) and Molecular Biology (9 ECTS) at the start of the master's programme;
  • Grade Point Average of at least 6.5 (Dutch grading system; or international equivalent) at the submission deadline.

*Amendment to this requirement in current circumstances:
The Board of Admissions will admit persons to the programme who cannot meet this requirement due to Corona measures. In this case, internships with clear data-driven research question(s) will be taken into consideration.  A description of the data internship should be provided in the application form. Furthermore, sufficient verifiable laboratory experience has been acquired during bachelor courses (e.g. practicals).

Entry requirements for students with a bachelor’s degree from a foreign research university

The Board of Admissions uses the following criteria: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences or an equivalent thereof from a foreign research university. Applicants should possess in depth knowledge, understanding and skills (demonstrated by grades and/or ECTS) in in Immunology (6 ECTS), Pathology (6 ECTS), Bio-Statistics (6 ECTS), Neuroscience (6 ECTS) and Molecular Biology (9 ECTS) at the start of the master’s programme.
  • The (bachelor) degree was passed within the nominal duration of the study plus one year at the start of the master's programme;
  • Research experience for at least three months in a final project (internship) at the start of the master's programme. *
  • During a final project (internship) and/or courses the applicant has acquired skills with respect to working in a laboratory for at least three weeks;
  • In depth knowledge, understanding and skills (demonstrated by grades and/or ECTS) in
  • Immunology (6 ECTS), Pathology (6 ECTS), Bio-Statistics (6 ECTS), Neuroscience (6 ECTS) and Molecular Biology (9 ECTS) at the start of the master's programme;
  • Grade Point Average of at least 6.5 (Dutch grading system; or international equivalent) at the submission deadline.

*Amendment to this requirement in current circumstances:
The Board of Admissions will admit persons to the programme who cannot meet this requirement due to Corona measures. In this case, internships with clear data-driven research question(s) will be taken into consideration.  A description of the data internship should be provided in the application form. Furthermore, sufficient verifiable laboratory experience has been acquired during bachelor courses (e.g. practicals).

Insufficient education?

Insufficient education in one or two of the aforementioned subjects may be compensated in the master’s programme, by taking (bachelor’s) courses offered by LUMC (in English if available).

Language requirements

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English evidenced by an appropriate test.

  • IELTS, each test component must score a minimum of 6.0; with an average score of at least 6.5;
  • TOEFL, overall score 90 (internet based), each test component must score a minimum of 20 (internet based); 
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) or C1 Advanced (CAE) 180, Cambridge component score 176.
  • An International Baccalaureate diploma (with English A); 
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education completed in Australia, Canada (with the exception of French-language programmes in Canada), Germany, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa. 
  • A diploma of an English-taught university degree programme completed at a Dutch research university; 
  • A pre-university education (VWO) diploma.

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

Language requirements for the Education specialization

International students who want to pursue the specialisation Education within the master’s programme should have proof of proficiency in Dutch  This requires either vwo-6 Dutch, or: a TUL Advanced Leiden University examination for the regular teachers training programme, or equivalent qualifications in the Dutch language. The Board of Admissions may request that applicants demonstrate an adequate command at this level.

>> Go to the next step: Check the application deadlines

Dutch HBO Bachelor’s in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research or equivalent: students can be admitted to the premaster’s programme, provided good results were obtained in previous education, relevant modules were taken, and academic research experience was gained.  Admission to the master’s programme can be earned after approximately one year of study at the LUMC (premaster programme). Other HBO-bachelor certificates are less likely to warrant admission to the premaster’s programme.

The premaster only starts in September. A maximum of 10 candidates can be placed in the premaster's programme. When more than 10 candidates are admissible, candidates will be selected on basis of their results in their bachelor’s programme (Grade Point Average) and the time needed to successfully finish their bachelor’s  programme.

All candidates are subject to a decision taken by the Board of Admissions.

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