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Biomedical Sciences: Research

The master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences – Research 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 Research specialisation.

Additional information on the programme and its regulations, can be found on the website of the Leiden University and the learning management system (Brightspace). 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:

  1. engage in individual and independent academic thinking
  2. analyse complex issues
  3. write academic reports
  4. 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 career outside academia;

Research Specialisation

The MSc research programme is taught in English. The study programme aims at deepening and broadening the student’s knowledge within those research areas which determine the LUMCResearch Themes. Deepening shall primarily take place during the two Junior Research Projects (20 weeks in MSc1, 28 weeks in MSc2) and during the Scientific review. Broadening shall be achieved as the student has to become familiar with at least 4 different LUMC Research Themes through his/her choice for the Junior Research Projects, the Frontier of Science and elective courses (please also refer to the document on Procedures for Training Periods).
The Research Specialisation allows you to focus to a certain extent on a specific scientific area. For those interested in working with (large) data sets (Data-driven research), Neurosciences, Immunity/Infectious Disease or Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy, focus is offered in specific tracks on these subjects in the 2nd master year.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory components

Clinical Research in Practice 6
Course on Laboratory Animal Science Basic and Species-Specific Rodent 4
How to Write a Research Proposal 2
Junior Research Project I 29/49
Reflection Course: Scientific Conduct 1
Career Orientation 2
Research Proposal (BMS) 5
Scientific Review Biomedical Sciences 6
Junior Research Project II 40/54

Electives

The elective area contains 13 ECTS.

A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part A 1
A Philosophical Inquiry concerning Biomedicine, part B 1
CIS: Film-making for scientists 1
CIS: Presenting like a Pro 1
CRiP - Advanced Concepts in Epidemiology 1

FOS courses in 2021-2022

Allogeneic Transplantation and Immunotherapy: From Bench to Bedside 6
Biological Mechanisms of Ageing and Development 6
Biomedical Translational Research in Surgery 6
Chemical Biology, Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy 6
Clinical and Functional Neuroanatomy 6
Clinical Pharmacology 4
Cutting edge Immunology: from Chemistry to Metabolism 6
Depression and other Stress Related Disorders 6
Finding new causes of thrombosis: the clinical-epidemiological approach. From idea to publication. 6
From genetic disease to functional genomics 6
Glycobiology in Health and Disease 6
Imaging in Neurosciences 6
Molecular Data Science: from disease mechanisms to personalized medicine 6
Molecular Virology of RNA Viruses 6
Pathogen Host Interactions 6
Proteomics in Biomedical Research 6
Regulation of the Immune Response in Human Disease 6
Research Applications of Developmental Biology 6
Stem Cells 6
The Pathophysiology of Coagulation 6
Translational Neurogenetics 6

FOS Courses in 2022-2023

Advances in Neurophysiology 6
Cardiometabolic disease 6
Genome (in)stability, cancer and ageing 6
Optogenetics and Immortogenetics in Cardiovascular Research and Therapy 4

Career Preparation

The programme of the master BMS contains the mandatory course Career Orientation of 2 EC. The assignments and activities within Career Orientation are designed to stimulate you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses as well as you career options and choices, and are spread out through your whole master programme. You will get to know the broad job market for Biomedical Scientists by meeting researchers, alumni and employers during the various activities within this course. You will practice how to present your professional profile to your network. 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.

LUMC also offers Career Service. Career Service of the Medicine Faculty offers support if you have questions about your career, the job market and job applications, and organizes workshops on a variety of job related subjects. Are you looking for career advice? Visit the Career Service of Medicine!

More information: https://careerzone.universiteitleiden.nl/en/career-services/medicine-lumc/