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Biomedical Sciences: Management

The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences – Management consists of compulsory components (e.g. courses and research projects) and electives. The total amount of credits of this two-year programme is 120 EC. Please check the list below for detailed descriptions of the components involved in the Management specialisation.

Additional information on the programme and its regulations, can be found on the website of the programme Biomedical Sciences and the learning management system (Blackboard). Information on course schedules is separately provided.

The master’s programme has the following objectives:

  • to impart to students’ academic knowledge, insight, skills, and methodology in the field of biomedical sciences;

  • to encourage students to adopt an academic attitude by acquiring the ability to:

  • engage in individual and independent academic thinking

  • analyse complex issues

  • write academic reports

  • apply specialist knowledge and skills in a philosophical and social context;

  • to prepare students for an academic career and postgraduate education, or to prepare them for a career in teaching or another career outside academia

Management Specialisation

The Management specialisation is offered by Leiden University Medical Center in collaboration with the Faculty of Science. The programme, called Business studies, enables students to develop knowledge and insight of, and opinions on a career outside scientific research. It broadens the student’s perspective predominantly in the field of management (e.g. marketing, finance, project management). Yet, graduates will also be equipped to pursuit a career within scientific biomedical research. The entire programme is taught in English.

The programme encompasses compulsory components of the Research master’s programme (at least 60 EC) combined with courses from the Business programme at the Faculty of Science. A management internship will be executed at an organization/company with a link to the biomedical field. Approval of this internship should be given beforehand by the examination board of the master Biomedical Sciences. The programme can be extended within the free elective scope of the curriculum.

Programme components are:

  • Management course programme (15 EC)
    -Marketing (SBB)
    -Financial management
    -Technology and operations management

  • Project Proposal: Management(3 EC)

  • JRP2 Management (26-42 EC)

Students with prior education in management, business and entrepreneurship (e.g. students who have completed the Science Based Business (SBB) Fundamentals course – Bachelor edition) or equivalent may be exempted from following the described Management course programme in the master’s Management specialisation. These courses then need to be substituted by at least an equal number of EC of other Business/Management master modules, offered by the Faculty of Science, or elsewhere.

For detailed description of the courses modules/components of Business studies, please refer to the website of Business studies directly.

Coordinator M-, C-, E- and H-specialisations Ms. Dr.Ir. J. van der Zee

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory components

Clinical Research in Practice 5
How to Write a Research Proposal 2
Junior Research Project I 29/49
Junior Research Project II (Management specialisation) 26/42
Reflection Course: Scientific Conduct 1
Career Orientation 2


The elective area contains 9-25 ECTS.

CRiP - Advanced Concepts in Epidemiology 1
CRiP - Using R for data analysis 1
Guest Lectures 1
How To Start My Master 1
A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part A 1
A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part B 1
CIS: Presenting like a Pro 1

FOS courses in 2018-2019

Your choice of FOS courses should add up to at least 12 credits in your entire 2-year programme.

Advances in Neurophysiology 6
Clinical and Functional Neuroanatomy 6
Allogeneic Transplantation and Immunotherapy: From Bench to Bedside 6
Biological Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 6
Biomedical Translational Research in Surgery 6
Clinical Pharmacology 4
Proteomics in Biomedical Research 6
Depression and other Stress Related Disorders 6
Electrical Interactions in the Heart: From Disease to Treatment 4
Finding new causes of thrombosis: the clinical-epidemiological approach. From idea to publication. 6
Genome (in)stability, cancer and ageing 6
Imaging in Neurosciences 6
Molecular Data Science: from disease mechanisms to personalized medicine 4
Molecular Virology of RNA Viruses 6
Pathogen Host Interactions 6
Regulation of the Immune Response in Human Disease 6
Cardiometabolic disease 6
Chemical Biology, Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy 6
Research Applications of Developmental Biology 4
The Pathophysiology of Coagulation 6

FOS courses in 2019-2020

From genetic disease to functional genomics 6
Stem Cells 6
Cutting edge Immunology: from Chemistry to Metabolism 6
Translational Neurogenetics 6