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How To Start My Master


Admission requirements

Bachelor. Admission to the Master Biomedical Sciences


Period: 2 September 2019 - 11 October 2019

The course How to start my master (successfully) consists of two parts. The first part of the course will help you to prepare for the compulsory course Clinical Research in Practice by refreshing basic statistical concepts and by practising statistical analyses in SPSS. In the second part of the course oral presentation skills appropriate to giving a presentation to an international audience will be discussed and practiced. For this part of the course, you can e.g. use material that you have obtained during the course How to write a research proposal. How to start my master is compulsory for students with a bachelor degree other than Biomedical Sciences Leiden or BW-track of Medicine Leiden.

Course objectives

After the course, students will:
Part I:

  • know basic statistics concepts, such as hypothesis testing, p-values and confidence intervals;

  • know standard statistical tests, such as the chi-squared test and the t-test;

  • be able to formulate conclusions of such standard statistical hypothesis tests;

  • have basic experience with the statistical analysis package SPSS;

  • know the basics of simple linear regression analysis.

Part II:

  • know the role and importance of Communication in Science in the master Biomedical Sciences.

  • be familiar with the various roles of participants at an international conference;

  • be able to recognize the characteristics of an effective scientific presentation;

  • know how to maximize audience engagement during a presentation;

  • be able to provide constructive feedback on their peers’ presentations;

  • have solidified their presentation skills in English;

  • be aware of their strengths as a speaker.


All course and group schedules are published on our LUMC scheduling website or on the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

(Computer) practical sessions, on-line tutorials, workgroups.

Course load

Total course load is the amount of EC’s multiplied with 28 hours.

Assessment method

Summative assessment:

  • Computer test (50%)

  • Presentation (50%)

Computer test and presentation have to be sufficient. The exam dates can be found on the schedule website.


Blackboard will be used during this course.

Reading list

  • Useful as study material: Medical Statistics at a Glance. Aviva Petrie and Caroline Sabin, Blackwell Science, 2009;

  • The programme SPSS version 23 or 24 has to be acquired from Surfspot:;

  • The on-line module will be provided by Biomedical Sciences.


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