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What will I learn?

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:

  • 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 in different models and with different techniques
  • Learn to present and write up your research in a clear and structured way
  • Learn to search for reliable literature and write a literature review
  • Learn to apply for grants to fund your research

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:

  • A research internship JRP2 (at least 40 ec)
  • A research proposal written in preparation to JRP2 (5 ec)
  • A course on animal sciences (4 ec)
  • A Scientific review (6 ec)
  • Elective area, which can e.g. consist of courses in- and outside the LUMC or extension of your internship(s) (variable)

Tracks within the Research specialisation

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.

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.

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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