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Career Orientation


Admission requirements

Bachelor diploma. Admission to the Master Biomedical Sciences


You are at the start of your master program. You probably already have found out that, in contrast to many bachelor programs, planning of the master program Biomedical Sciences in Leiden is done by you. The master program is not set in stone, but consists of a variety of courses and internships that you select for yourself. During your master you will acquire of lot of knowledge on subjects such as genetics, immunology, neuroscience and/or molecular biology etc. etc., all depending on the subjects you choose. At the same time, you will further develop your academic skills, such as logical thinking, creativity, perseverance, communication and personal development. These skills can be used in numerous and divers ways and will help you in your further career. The course Career Orientation supports you in your decisions on the content of your master program and helps you to prepare for the job market.

The assignments and activities within Career orientation stimulate you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and to find out which career direction you would like to pursue. You can get to know the job market for Biomedical Scientists by meeting researchers, alumni and employers during the various activities within this course. Entering the job market should feel like a logical follow-up of your activities in the master and this course offers the opportunity to find out what you can and want to do with your master degree Biomedical Sciences.

Course objectives

During the course students:

  • Reflect on their knowledge, skills, experience, goals and study choices

  • Reflect on their skills, their development and points for improvement, based on the feedback they receive in the (interim) evaluations of the research projects (JRP1 and JRP2)

  • Formulate learning goals for their JRP2 on the further development of their academic skills and reflect on them after their JRP2

  • Identify and reflect on their career and lifestyle preferences

  • Learn about the job and career options for Biomedical Scientists

  • Actively pursue career ideas

  • Learn about actions they can take to prepare for the transition from study to work

Mode of instruction

Instructions are provided via the Blackboard/Brightspace module Career orientation, labeled with your study year. Reflection assignments will subsequently become available during the master program and have to be turned in digitally. Feedback to the assignment will be provided digitally.
Activities can be undertaken during the whole master program of the student and students make their own selection and planning of activities.

Assessment method

Pass/no pass.

Assignments have to be handed in before the deadlines that will be communicated via Blackboard/Brightspace. Reports of the activities have to be handed in within 10 days after the specific activity. To pass the course a complete portfolio has to be handed in at the end of the master.