Biomedical Sciences (MSc)

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In this master programme you learn interdisciplinary approaches to address scientific and societal challenges in the field of (bio)medical sciences. The research in our programme Biomedical Sciences relates to the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. You will acquire a skill set suitable for a wide range of career opportunities not only in (biomedical) research, but also in industry, policy making, communication or education.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The first, common, master year provides you with a solid background in Biomedical Sciences via compulsory and elective courses, and a research internship. The interdisciplinary character of the first year offers you great opportunities to address health and disease-related issues from various directions. The second master year is dedicated to one of the specialisations.

Interested? Read more about our programme and specialisations.

Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University Medical Center

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Five reasons to choose the Master Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University

Learn more about career prospects in the field of Biomedical Sciences.

Practical sessions make sure you gain hands-on experience.

Is the master Biomedical Sciences the right program for you?

The master Biomedical Sciences is the right programme for you, if you would like to:

Interested? Read more about the entry requirements for the master Biomedical Sciences.

Why Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University?

The Biomedical Sciences Master programme in Leiden will help to deepen and broaden your understanding of human health and disease. We provide you with a challenging and flexible programme in a personalized environment.

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.

More reasons to choose Leiden University

Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC)

The LUMC is a modern university medical centre for research, education and patient care with a high-quality profile, excellent research facilities and a strong scientific orientation. Its research practice, ranging from pure fundamental medical research to applied clinical research, places the LUMC among the world top.

Leiden University Medical Centre combines patient care, education and research.

Bio Science Park

The LUMC is located in the Leiden Bio Science Park. Many health-oriented companies reside here, creating an innovative research environment. The proximity of these companies to the LUMC and Leiden University creates unique possibilities for collaboration, resulting in cutting-edge research and innovation. And: these companies are good places to do one of your internships or find a job!

Biomedical Sciences is taught at the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Leiden Bio Science Park.

Scientific staff

Teachers and supervisors in the master programme Biomedical Sciences are researchers. This guarantees that you always work on real scientific challenges and learn from your teacher’s experiences. In addition, researchers will become part of your social network, making it easier to find an internship or a job.

Frontiers of science

Researchers at LUMC work together around 7 medical research profiles: Vascular and Regenerative Medicine; Immunity, Infection and Tolerance; Translational Neuroscience; Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy; Ageing; Innovation in Health Strategy and Quality of Care; and Biomedical Imaging. The disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges faced by our researchers provide a strong learning and research environment for our programme.

Courses in Biomedical Sciences are taught in small groups.

International environment

The LUMC is an international academic environment with master and PhD students from all over the world. The same applies to the scientific staff. English is the language used in courses, scientific meetings and the daily conversations that take place in the research groups. The LUMC has collaborative research alliances with leading institutes and consortia around the world, including non-academic representatives such as commercial enterprises and special interest groups in addition to academic research institutions. 

About the programme

This two-year programme provides you with insights and hands-on training in biomedical sciences.

The Biomedical Sciences programme

For all students the master Biomedical Sciences consists of a common part (60 ec) and a specific part (60 ec), which depends on the specialisation you choose. You will either further explore research or also gain knowledge and training in communication, management or education. By following courses and doing internships you will get a solid base for your future career. In the common part, which is usually followed in your first year, you gain essential biomedical knowledge and skills via courses and a research internship.

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

The following educational methods are used in the master programme: 

  • Lectures
  • Workgroups
  • (Computer) practical sessions
  • Self-study exercises
  • Tutorials
  • Research internships
  • Independent writing
  • Presentations
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Live demonstrations

Depending on your choice of specialisation and electives other educational methods will be offered. Frontiers of Science courses are always taught to small groups of students.

Specialisations in Biomedical Sciences

The specialisation specific part will provide you with (more) insights in research, management, communication or education. You can decide on your specialisation during your first year, but you can even delay your choice to the beginning of the second year. The health specialisation is only for students that are enrolled in the master programme of Medicine in Leiden. Read more about our specialisations:

Biomedical Sciences is taught in a personal environment.

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:

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.

Biomedical Sciences Management

In the Biomedical Sciences Management specialisation you gain knowledge and skills in the area of management, business and entrepreneurship with focus on science- and research driven companies. You will combine research in biomedical sciences with different aspects of business studies and learn to build bridges between science and business. The entire programme is taught in English.

What does the Management specialisation entail?

The two-year Biomedical Sciences Management specialisation enables you to develop knowledge and insight of, and opinions on a career outside scientific research. The programme, called Science Based Business (SBB) broadens your perspective in the field of management (e.g. marketing, finance, project management). Yet, you will also be equipped to pursuit a career within scientific biomedical research. During the Biomedical Sciences Management specialisation you will:

Do you want to know what your career options are with this specialisation? Read more on Career Prospects.

The components specific for the Management specialisation are:

The study programme of the Biomedical Sciences Management specialisation is flexible. You can choose a variety of different courses, electives and (research) internships. However, you can spend up to a maximum of 60 of the 120 EC of your master programme on the Management specialisation components. By planning your master, you gain necessary skills for your future career.

Team work is very important in Biomedical Sciences.

Biomedical Sciences Communication

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. The entire programme is taught in English.

What does the Communication specialisation entail?

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. During the Biomedical Sciences Communication specialisation you will:

Do you want to know what your career options are with this specialisation? Read more on Career Prospects.

The components specific for the Communication specialisation are:

The study programme of the Biomedical Sciences Communication specialisation is flexible. You can choose a variety of different courses, electives and (research) internships. However, you can spend up to a maximum of 60 of the 120 EC of your master programme on the Communication specialisation components. By planning your master, you gain necessary skills for your future career.

In Biomedical Sciences you are trained to communicate your research.

Biomedical Sciences Education

In the Biomedical Sciences Education specialisation you gain knowledge and skills in the area of teaching in biology. The education specialisation is for students who want to work as a first-grade teacher Biology at secondary education or for those who want to specialize in education in general. After completion of this programme you also have the possibility to continue in the field of Biomedical Research. Since the programme is partly taught in English and partly in Dutch, fluency in Dutch is required.

What does the Education specialisation entail?

The Biomedical Sciences Education specialisation enables you to make a relevant impact on society by educating today’s secondary school pupils for tomorrow’s challenges in the field of biology. Yet, once graduated, you will also be equipped to pursuit a career within scientific biomedical research. During the Biomedical Sciences Education specialisation you will:

Do you want to know what your career options are with this specialisation? Read more on Career Prospects.

The components specific for the Education specialisation are:

The study programme of the Biomedical Sciences Education specialisation is flexible. You can choose a variety of different courses, electives and research internships. By planning your master, you gain necessary skills for your future career.

Biomedical Sciences Health

The Biomedical Sciences Health specialisation aims to provide you with a theoretical background and academic competences in multidisciplinary research in Biomedical Sciences and in the clinical practice in Medicine. Since the programme is partly taught in English and partly in Dutch, fluency in Dutch is required.

What does the Health specialisation entail?

This specialisation is only open to students that also follow the master Medicine at the LUMC.

In this specialisation you will have the opportunity to combine a master Biomedical Sciences with a master in Medicine and obtain two master degrees. You will follow not only state of the art (bio)medical courses, but you will also be performing research yourself a great deal of the time. You will define your own fields of interest in courses and research projects, but are obliged to train yourself in a broad spectrum of (bio)medical topics and techniques.

Students can apply for this specialisation if they:

1. have obtained a bachelor in Biomedical Sciences AND are also admitted to the master Medicine at the LUMC

2. have obtained the bachelor in Medicine AND successfully finished the premaster “Journey into Biomedical Sciences” (both at the LUMC). 

Do you want to know what your career options are with this specialisation? Read more on Career Prospects.

In the Health specialisation you combine Biomedical Sciences and Medicine. The programme consists of:

Extra challenge

Leiden Leadership Programme

Do you like a personal challenge in leadership? Then join the Leiden Leadership Programme. In this one-year programme, you work on developing your personal leadership skills through an assessment, training, seminars and a practice assignment in an organisation. You discover and develop your qualities in the context of an organisation. The goal is to learn how to work intensively with other professionals and learn how to use their qualities. With the Leiden Leadership Programme, a Dutch-based honours programme, you will be able to follow 20 EC next to your Leiden, The Hague or Delft master's programme.
Read more about Leiden Leadership Programme

International Leiden Leadership Programme

Curious about your personal leadership style? The International Leiden Leadership Programme is a 5 EC honours programme for master’s students looking to understand leadership, train and develop their leadership skills and acquire an insight into their personal strengths and weaknesses. Thanks to its small-scale approach and supportive tutor-mentor system, you’ll be working on your development on a very personal level. During this interdisciplinary programme you will attend seminars and skills-training sessions, which will give you more insight into the effect that your behaviour has on others. The programme involves the creation of a Personal Leadership Roadmap, a five-year plan for reaching and developing your own leadership style.
For more information: International Leiden Leadership Programme

Career prospects

Graduates of the master Biomedical Sciences have good career perspectives: 90 % find employment within 6 months of graduation (source: WO monitor). You can fulfill different roles in society depending on your specialisation of choice.

Specialisations in Biomedical Sciences

After completion of the master programme you have gained academic knowledge, insight, skills and methodology in the field of biomedical sciences. You adopted an academic attitude which prepared you for an academic career and postgraduate education as well as for a career in teaching or another career outside academia.

Even though you are equipped for a variety of different jobs as graduate of the master Biomedical Sciences, there are some differences in job opportunities depending on the specialisation you choose:

Research specialisation

You are very well prepared for a further scientific career in research. Many of our graduates enter a PhD position first, before ending up in research careers in and outside academia. A job in research usually also involves research management and/or academic teaching.

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Management specialisation

You gained knowledge and skills in the area of management, business or entrepreneurship. Your career might possibly head towards science- and research driven companies where you can fulfill positions like (project) manager or coordinator.

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Communication specialisation

You can fulfill the role of mediator between science and society, between researcher and layman. This could, for instance, be in the field of science journalism, museology, policy-making or public relations.

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Education specialisation

You have gained knowledge and skills in the area of teaching in biology. After successful completion of the specialisation you obtain a teaching certificate recognized by the Dutch authorities. 

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Health specialisation

Many of these graduates enter a PhD position first, before ending up in training to become a medical specialist.

Positions held by our alumni

All students with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences are admissible to a PhD programme.

Irrespective of the specialisation chosen, graduates of all specialisations are well prepared for a career in scientific biomedical research. In addition, our alumni often find employment in the following sectors of the job market. 
Source: Nationale Alumni Enquête 2017).

Career preparation

It’s a good idea to start thinking about your future (academic) career already during your study. Not sure yet which career you would like to pursue or how to find a suitable job? The master Biomedical Sciences and Leiden University offer different ways to prepare yourself for the job market.

Module Career orientation

One of the components of the master programme Biomedical Sciences is the module Career orientation. This unique module includes:

The ultimate goal of this module is to help you start your search for a job with confidence!

Career officer of Biomedical Sciences

If you need help with the planning of your master and choices in your master, you can contact our career officer. The career officer will personally guide you and advice you on your master planning, choice of specialisation, internships, future career and more.

Career services of Leiden University

Do you need more help finding the right job? The Career Service of Leiden University offers support if you have questions about your career, your personal profile, the job market and job applications. Career advisors can help you to plan your career, learn more about the job market and give form to your personal profile. Even in your first year after graduating the Career Services still can offer tips and advice for your future career.

Entry 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 students.

Admission for 2019-2020: Students that meet the entry requirements can be admitted after a qualitative selection procedure.

All candidates have to submit a request for admission. 

  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences in the Netherlands (or abroad): deficiencies are unlikely, but may occur depending on which bachelor courses were taken;
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree (for example Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences or Biology, Life Science)
    Applicants possess an in depth knowledge, understanding and skills (GPA) in Immunology, Physiology, Pathology, Bio-Statistics, Neuroscience and Molecular Biology.The Bachelor’s Grade Point Average (GPA)  which is the average of the bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load;
  • Applicants have experience in performing research for at least three months in a final project (internship). During this project (internship) they have acquired skills with respect to working in a laboratory for at least three weeks;
  • The bachelor examination was passed within the nominal duration of the study plus maximally one year; The Board of Admissions may, on request, admit persons to the programme who do not meet this requirement.
  • The Bachelor’s degree is not older than 18 month at the start of the master’s program, without relevant work experience. The admittance committee determines, if the deadline of 18 month is exceeded, whether relevant work experience is sufficient to be eligible for admission.
  • Hbo Bachelor’s in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research: students can be admitted to the premaster’s programme of one year at LUMC, provided good results were obtained in previous education, relevant modules were taken, and research/laboratory experience was gained. The premaster starts in September and ends in June/July. A maximum of 10 candidates can be placed in the pre-master's programme. Other hbo-bachelor certificates are unlikely to warrant admission to the pre-master’s programme.
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English evidenced by an appropriate test. IELTS: each test component must score a minimum of 6.5; TOEFL: each test component must score a minimum of 23 (internet-based); C1 level within CEF.
    This requirement does not apply if you have:
    • completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or
    • an International or European Baccalaureate
    • 6-VWO English

International students who want to apply for the Education specialisation should have proof of proficiency in Dutch (TUL Advanced Leiden University examination for the regular teachers training programme, or a TUL Intermediate Leiden University examination for the bilingual World Teachers Training Programme, or equivalent qualifications in the Dutch language).

  • Insufficient education in a number of the aforementioned subjects may be compensated by sufficient previous education in other subjects relevant for a Biomedical Science education (e.g. Biochemistry, Pharmacology);
  • Insufficient education in one or more of the aforementioned subjects may be compensated prior to, or at the beginning of the master’s programme, by taking (bachelor’s) courses offered by LUMC (in English if available);
  • Students with a Dutch bachelor degree in applied sciences (hbo bachelor) may be admitted to the master’s programme after a pre-master’s programme at LUMC of approximately one study-year. NOTE: a maximum of 10 candidates can be placed in the pre-master's programme (only starting in September). When more than 10 candidates are admissible, candidates will be selected on basis of their results in the bachelor (Grade Point Average) and their motivation letter.

    All of the above possibilities for candidates with educational deficiencies are subject to a decision taken by the board of admission.

Admission and application procedure

Part 1. Apply for a programme in Studielink

All students applying for a programme at Leiden University will need to start in Studielink

Please follow the instructions given in Studielink. After taking the first step, you will receive an email with the following information (but bear in mind that it can take a few days): 

•    Confirmation that you have started the application process in Studielink
•    Login details for Leiden University’s online application portal

In the online application portal, Leiden University will guide you through all necessary steps to complete your registration, as well as informing you about what you have to do after applying. Indicate the specialisation that you would like to follow, but please take note of the fact that you can still switch specialisation in your first master year.

Please follow the instructions given in Studielink. In order to apply for the premaster Biomedical Sciences, please choose  in Studielink for Bachelor Biomedische wetenschappen (NOT first year) After taking the first step, you will receive an email with the following information (but bear in mind that it can take a few days): 

•    Confirmation that you have started the application process in Studielink
•    Login details for Leiden University’s online application portal

In the online application portal, Leiden University will guide you through all necessary steps to complete your registration, as well as informing you about what you have to do after applying. Indicate that you wish to follow a “premaster”.

Please note: you will only need to upload:

•    Copy of valid passport or ID card
•    Up-to-date-CV
•    Motivation letter
•    Copies of Diplomas and transcripts

Part 2. Online application at Leiden University

In our online application portal you can finalise your application by uploading the necessary documents and answering a few questions. The portal provides an overview of what you need to do to complete your application at Leiden University. Please follow the instructions carefully.

All students with an international degree have to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. This fee cannot be refunded and entitles you to apply for up to three programmes/specialisations within the same academic year. After we have received your application fee, we will start processing your application. Please do not delay paying the fee as this will delay the application process. The online application system describes how you can pay the fee.

Can I be exempted from paying the application fee?
You do not have to pay the application fee if:         

  • You submit a copy of a bachelor’s degree or current bachelor’s transcript from a Dutch institute of higher education (hbo or wo).
  • You were previously registered as a foreign exchange, bachelor’s, master’s or pre-master’s student at Leiden University.
  • You have refugee status in the Netherlands (residence permit for asylum).
  • You are an Indonesian student applying for an MSc programme and have been issued with a 'review letter' by the Leiden Science Indonesia Office.
  • You have applied for a CEU Praesidium Libertatis scholarship (this only applies to students who have been nominated by the Central European University).
  • You have previously been admitted to a degree programme at Leiden University, but you decided to postpone your studies. This does not apply if you wish to apply for a different study programme or specialisation.

Exemptions cannot be granted on any other grounds.

After submitting your application, the online portal will, if applicable, ask you if you want to apply for student housing, a visa or a scholarship. Make a careful note of the deadlines for applying for a scholarship, student visa/residence permit and student accommodation.

Important note: If you are applying for a programme that starts in February 2018, and if applicable, the Admissions Office will send you an email with information about student housing, immigration, student registration and other formalities.

  • Upon receipt of your application fee (if applicable), the Admissions Office will check whether all the necessary documents have been uploaded and will inform you by email whether your application is complete or if there are any omissions.
  • Your application will then be forwarded to the Board of Admissions at the faculty and they will decide whether you meet the entry requirements of the degree programme of your choice. 
  • The Board of Admissions will make a decision within four to six weeks after the University has received your application.

The Board of Admissions will send you its decision by email within four to six weeks after Leiden University has received your application.

There are two possible options:

  1. You are conditionally admitted; in other words you will be admitted, provided you meet certain conditions.
    The condition(s) will be given in the decision letter. Important: the decision letter will always contain the condition, that, in case that more than 100 candidates are admitted, a qualitative selection procedure will decide on your placement in the master.
  2. You are not admitted, because you do not meet the programme’s entry requirements.
    The reasons will be clearly stated in the decision letter.

The Admissions Office will ask you to inform them whether you will accept the offer of conditional admission.

Part 3. Qualitative selection

When more than 100 students are conditionally admitted, a qualitative selection procedure will decide on definite placement in the master programme. There are two possible outcomes of the selection procedure.

Based on your ranking in the selection procedure, you are offered a place in the master’s programme. You will have 14 days to accept this offer. If you accept the offer, you can proceed to finish your registration as a student of the master Biomedical Sciences. If you do not accept the offer within 14 days, you will forfeit your place.

Based on your ranking in the selection procedure, you are not offered a placed in the master’s programme. In this case, due to exceeding the maximum capacity of the master’s programme, you will not be placed as a student in the master Biomedical Sciences. If a candidate, mentioned above, declines an offer, the highest ranking candidate on the admission list will obtain the offer that was not accepted by the candidate as mentioned above.

Part 4. Complete your registration

Check in the online application portal (uSis) whether you need to submit any documents to meet your conditions of admission, if applicable. Instructions on how to do so will be provided in uSis.

Complete your registration for your master’s programme via Studielink. Enter your payment details in Studielink and submit all the necessary documents before the official start date of your programme. Failure to do so means you won’t be allowed to study. If you have any questions about Studielink, go to the 'I have a question' page.

Deadlines and documents

Starting in February

Starting in September

Apply early!

Just in case you might have to take an additional entrance exam or submit additional documentation, you should always apply as early as possible. If you apply at the last minute, you risk missing deadlines, such as those for accommodation or visa applications. Late applications will only be considered in exceptional cases, and at the discretion of the faculty Board of Admissions.

Scholarships, grants and loans

Do you want to apply for a scholarship, grant or loan? Please note, these have different application deadline. 

Required application documents

Please upload a copy of the passport page(s) with your personal details and photograph. If you come from the EU/EER, you may also send a copy of your identity card.

If you are already staying in the Netherlands with a Dutch residence permit for study or for another purpose, please upload a copy of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.

Your CV must be written in English. Other than this, no standardised format or template is required. Your CV should clearly outline your educational and professional history up until the present date, as well as basic personal facts. Please provide the average mark (Grade Point Average) in your bachelor, calculated until March 15, 2018 (for start in September) or September 15, 2018 (for start in February 2019).

A personal statement must be submitted explaining why you want to follow the programme, why you have chosen to do so at Leiden University, and what makes you think you are a good candidate. The statement should be between 700 and 1,500 words.

You will have to provide an overview of the relevant subjects in your previous education. Further, you are asked to provide information about the research you have done, as well as on your experience in laboratory work. Please use the application form to provide these data.

  • Digital copies are required initially. Once you have been admitted, we will tell you how to submit certified copies to the Admissions Office. 
  • Documents must be in the original language and accompanied by official translations if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French. If you have not yet completed your study programme, state your expected graduation date and submit copies of all transcripts obtained to date.
  • If you are applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme: all documents must be available in English (or translated into English).

You can apply to a programme before you obtain the results of your language exam (if you already have your results you can upload them directly in our online portal). If you are admitted, it will be on the condition that these results will meet the required levels specified.

International students should upload two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from an academic staff member.

For Dutch students letters of recommendation are facultative.

  • The letter must be printed on letterhead paper, signed and bearing the full contact details of the referee (for verification purposes).
  • Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies. 

Recommendation letters - submission information
Letters of recommendation can be scanned and uploaded as part of your online application. Alternatively, your referee can send them directly to us, making sure your name and application number are clearly indicated. 

  • By post: 
    Leiden University Admissions Office
    “Gravensteen” Pieterskerkhof 6
    2311 SR Leiden
    The Netherlands

     
  • Digitally via our contact form

Additionally please complete the attached format and upload this in your application.

Tuition fee

Statutory tuition fee

Statutory tuition fee applies if you will follow a government-subsidised study programme, which is not a second degree programme, and you are a national of: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.

Statutory tuition fee applies whether you study full time or part time.

The statutory tuition fee is: €2.083,- (academic year 2019-2020)

Statutory tuition fees halved for first-year bachelor's students as of the academic year 2018-2019
Please visit the Government website for more detailed information.

Students who are not nationals of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland

If you are not a national of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland you must generally pay an institutional tuition fee. However if, on the basis of your Dutch residence permit, you are eligible for student finance from the Dutch education agency (DUO) you are entitled to pay statutory tuition fee. Information on qualifying residence permits can be found in the DUO nationality chart.

If you do not qualify for Dutch student finance and you are not a national of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland you can find the amount of tuition fee you are required to pay for your study programme here below. These tariffs apply for both full and part-time study. 

Please note! If you will study at Leiden University via a cooperation agreement the tariffs stated in the agreement apply

Tuition fee: €18.300,- (academic year 2019-2020)

Second Dutch master’s programme

If you will undertake a second Dutch master’s  programme you will generally have to pay an institutional tuition fee that is higher than the statutory tuition fee.

If you obtained a Dutch Bachelor’s, doctoraal, ingenieurs or HBO (Bachelor’s in professional education) diploma  after 1991, and you are a national of an EEA country (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), Suriname or Switzerland, the following institutional tuition fees apply.

Institutional tuition fee: €15.800,- (academic year 2019-2020)

Did you commence a Bachelor’s programme at Leiden University before 2010, and will you continue directly onto a second Master’s programme in the year you complete your Bachelor’s programme, or in the following year? If so you are entitled to pay statutory tuition fee in accordance with a transitional ruling (also see ‘Exceptions’). 

Please note! Other tariffs apply for students who are not nationals of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland. Please refer to the information in the section ‘Students who are not nationals of an EEA country, Suriname or Switzerland’.

Are you unsure whether you have to pay statutory tuition fee or an institutional fee? Consult our tuition fee flowchart for second Master’s programmes.

Exceptions
In some cases nationals of EEA countries, Suriname or Switzerland may be permitted to pay tuition fees set at the same amount as statutory tuition fee for their second degree programme.

Less than 45 EC
If you will follow a pre-master or conversion programme, after completing a Bachelor’s programme, you must pay €33,- per study credit (EC) if the programme is less than 45 ECs.

45 EC or more
For programmes of more than 45 ECs you must pay statutory tuition fee. If the pre-master or conversion programme is more than 60 ECs – and therefore longer than one year - or if you will follow courses that are not  part of your conversion programme, you must pay the institutional tuition fee for the programme in question (see second study programme). These fees apply to students of all nationalities. 

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Leiden student city

Leiden University has contributed to the city’s unique atmosphere for over 400 years. The city’s historical centre is full of student associations, student accommodation and university buildings. With its many pubs, cafés, restaurants, theatres and museums, there’s always something to do. Leiden is a winning combination of small and fun, yet big in character as a student city. Thanks to its compact layout, it’s never more than a short bike ride from your accommodation to the University, and you’ll always see someone you know along the way.

Study association

As a Master student Biomedical Sciences you are automatically part of the study association Medical Faculty of Leiden students (M.F.L.S.). The M.F.L.S. takes care of the improvement of education and organises several activities to improve the relationships between students and teachers. One can think of excursions, travel, drinks, movie nights, dressed-balls, lectures, sport activities and parties.

Information activities

Would you like to know more about the Master Biomedical Sciences? Or studying and living in the city of Leiden? Biomedical Sciences has several information sessions to help you in making the best choice.

Events

Are you exploring your options for a master’s programme? You can learn a lot by coming to our Master’s Open Days. Attend presentations by the different programmes, visit the information fairs, and ask lecturers, students, alumni and study advisers all your questions. And you’ll get to know the best student cities right in the heart of Europe in the Netherlands. 
Read more about the Master's Open Days

Contact

Are you seriously considering starting with the Master’s programme Biomedical Sciences? Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Questions about the Master Biomedical Sciences

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.

Questions about studies at the LUMC

You can contact the LUMC Education Service Desk for general questions about studies at the LUMC. Call (+31) 071 – 526 8700 from Monday to Friday, 08.30 to 16.45. You may be referred to a study advisor.

Questions about Leiden University

Call +31 071 527 11 11 from 9.00 to 17.00 for questions about Leiden University or send an e-mail.

Call +31 071 527 80 11 from 11.00 to 16.00 for questions about registration and admission or use the contact form.