In the Biomedical Sciences Communication specialisation you follow the programme that is organised by Science, Communication and Society (SCS). This programme focuses on the interaction between science and society and concerns science communication in a broad sense. You combine your research training with different aspects of science communication (e.g. write for a newspaper or science magazine, develop and evaluate websites, work in a museum and perform research on a communication subject).
The MSc in Biomedical Sciences aims to provide you with a theoretical background and with general academic competences in multidisciplinary research in Biomedical Sciences. You will be trained to become an independent researcher, with a further career in science. Either with a view to obtaining a PhD degree, or to fill a position in an industrial or institutional research environment.
All students with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences are admissible to a PhD programme.
“Should pharmaceutical companies be allowed to advertise drugs?”
“My choice for the Communication master’s specialisation is because I liked science communication as early as secondary school. I think it’s important that everyone has a good understanding of what scientists actually do and what kind of new discoveries they make.
Science communication is a very broad area. Just look in Leiden, at how many museums there are where you can contribute to exhibitions or public surveys. Public information for such organisations as the Diabetes Foundation is another possibility. If you prefer radio or TV, working for one of the broadcasting companies is also a possibility.
This specialisation can help you to write better scientific articles. Communication is everywhere and there is a lot that can be improved. So what’s stopping you?”