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What will I learn?

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:

  • 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
  • Learn to present and write up your research in a clear and structured way
  • Learn to apply for grants to fund your research or communication project
  • Learn to write articles for newspapers and popular science magazines/websites
  • Learn the ins and outs of museology
  • Learn to visualise information in a clear way
  • Learn to perform research in the field of science communication

The components specific for the Communication specialisation are:

  • SCS Fundamentals (19 ec)
  • Scientific Narration and Visualization (4 ec)
  • An SCS project proposal written in preparation of JRP2 (3 ec)
  • SCS Internship(s) JRP2 (at least 23 ec)
  • Elective area, which can e.g. consist of courses in- and outside the LUMC or extension of your internship(s) (variable)

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.

Which department am I in?

Leiden University Medical Center

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (14,55,250) per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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