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Biomedical Academic Scientific Training-2 (BAST-2)


Admission requirements


Themes of BAST in the second year
In the first year of the study a start was made with Biomedical Academic Scientific Training (BAST). In the second year, BAST will further build on the themes of the first year. The specific themes of the second year are:

  • Clinical practice;

  • Determination of reliability of (biomedical) measurements;

  • Application and interpretation of statistical analysis of data, including epidemiological data;

  • Formulation of research objectives and a study design relevant to generate new knowledge;

  • Ethical and legal aspects of biomedical research;

  • Description and assessment of biomedical research in a social context.

During the second year, there will be a focus on the process of science in both laboratory and clinic. Emphasis will be put on biomedical sciences as a progressing science, by validating and invalidating hypotheses, and generating new ones, aiming at understanding and combating human diseases. Experiments, observations and proper data analyses serve as a basis for novel insights. During this year, learning this process in theory and in practice wil take center stage in BAST. Important aspects include the formulation of research questions, the design of experimental studies and the statistical analysis of data. In the third semester there is an emphasis on the laboratory setting; in the fourth semester on the clinical setting.
Practicing the principles of critical reading is continued from the first year and students will be introduced to some of the legal and ethical issues involved in biomedical science. Where possible, teaching in the second year will be illustrated by using virtual examples of patients or sessions with actual patients.

Education and training of this line is integrated in the thematic modules. The year assignment is scheduled next to the modules and must be carried out throughout the year.
This assignment involves an interview of a young investigator (PhD student or post-doc) and the supervisor. The interviews will focus on the daily aspects of doing research, the fun and the possible frustrations. Small teams of student will focus on different topics and in a final presentation each of these topics will be presented to the entire group. In addition each group prepares a report that will be peer reviewed by students and evaluated by the BAST teachers.
Either in the second or third bachelor year, the students must attend the two-yearly scheduled LIMSC (Leiden International Medical Student Conference) and make a report.

Course objectives

The student:

  • shows insight into the dynamics and organization of the daily work of a biomedical researcher and into the practice of publishing research results.

  • shows insight into the many factors which influence the success of a research project, of a research program, and the progress of the career of a researcher.

  • has knowledge of the factors and considerations which play a role in determining the research agenda and has insight into how science, technology and society are interwoven.


Between semesters, we will transfer from using the scheduling app to using MyTimeTable: all educational activities before 6 February 2023 can be viewed on our LUMC scheduling website or in the scheduling app. View MyTimeTable for your schedule from 6 February onwards.

Mode of instruction

Assessment method

There are no specific course books other than specified in the various course modules. A Brightspace module for the second year line education BAST is available. A. grade for the course is compiled from academic attitude, a report and a presentation.

Reading list


To participate in workgroups and exams students must register with uSis.


Coördinator BAST:
Prof. Dr. Pieter Hiemstra
Afdeling Longzieken
Kamernummer C-02-133
Telefoonnummer 63848/62950

Coördinator BAST jaaropdracht (BAST BW2)
Dr. Margreet R. de Vries
Afdeling Heelkunde
Kamernummer D6-28
Telefoonnummer 65147


Concerning the ECTS: Two credits are obtained for the year assignment in year 2. Apart from that, credits for BAST are an integral part of the modules and not separately specified.