It's all about fascination for human life
Do you want to combine human biology with molecular biology? Or do you want to learn about the other possibilities of biomedical sciences after a year of research? This master's programme will offer you just that!

While pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences you can opt to study a combination of different specialisations. The research specialisations will enable you to embark on a career in research. In the second year you decide on your profile, either with a focus on research or more into biomedical related specialisations. These specialisations will enable you to work in professions like policy officer, sciencific journalism or advisor, and the education specialisation (only in Dutch) will enable you to teach at pre-university or higher vocational education level.

Are you interested in infectious diseases and do you want to gain a deeper understanding of how the immune system works? Then you can focus on both these specialisations. Does your scientific interest lie in neurobiology and your professional ambition in policy-making? Then you can combine these two. You can tailor your programme according to your own desires and interests, in the form of internships and/or compiling your own biomedical programme in the second year.

This is what you will be doing
The Master's in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year full-time programme, commencing each September. The curriculum in brief: After your first research specialisation in either Immunology, Infectious Disease or Neurobiology, you can choose to either do a second research specialisation in another of these subjects:
  • International Public Health
  • Societal Specialisation (Science Communication or Science in Society)
  • Science education specialisation (science teacher degree)
  • Alternative second biomedical research year that you can compile yourself

There are two compulsory courses: Scientific Writing in English and Ethics in Life Sciences. You will go on two internships, either both in research or one practical and one research placement and you will write a literature thesis.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Master of Science degree (MSc).

Active research
Lectures form only a comparatively modest part of the Biomedical Sciences programme. For the most part, you are encouraged to conduct your own research. There is plenty of scope for practical work, giving you the opportunity to use the very latest research methods and equipment. You can also take a work placement in a policy-making, education or communication position, depending on your chosen profile.

Design your own programme
If you choose to compile your own second year you can choose from all the subjects taught by the Master’s programme. You can also opt to take part of your programme or internship elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad.

Outline of the programme
The full Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences takes two years and consists of 120 EC.

The programme consist of:

  • Seven specialisations, each including compulsory courses (12-18EC)
  • Three compulsory courses (total of 9 EC)
  • Optional courses (nr. of EC depends on combination of specialisations)
  • First internship (30 EC)
  • Second internship (30 EC) Literature thesis (9 EC)
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated November 14, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
2,143 EUR
for EEA students. €14.500 for non-EU/non-EEA students.
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