Biomedical Sciences


What causes specific illnesses? Of what influence are certain risk factors in cardiovascualar disease? What does the body do to fight viral infections? What molecular or physiological mechanisms are involved in the development or retreat of cancer? What are the methods for diagnosing and analysing genetic defects, and how can these methods be improved? Is stem cell therapy our future? How is biomedical knowledge best translated to actual treatment of patients?
These are just some questions pertinent to Biomedical Sciences. In order to answer them, the Biomedical Sciences programme will help you gain a thorough understanding of human health and disease.

Besides the common programme, which teaches you the basic knowledge you need about research in Biomedical Sciences, your programme is further defined by one of the specialisations:

  • Biomedical Sciences Communication
  • Biomedical Sciences Education
  • Biomedical Sciences Management
  • Biomedical Sciences Research

Reasons to choose Biomedical Sciences in Leiden:

  • The programme is offered by Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC); a modern institution which combines research, education and patient care with a high quality profile and a strong scientific orientation;
  • Research conducted at LUMC scores very high in European and world rankings;
  • Choice of specialisations in Research, Management, Science Communication and Education. Students who wish to look beyond hard core research are thus taught to bridge science to business, or to society in general;
  • The flexibility of our two-year programme allows you to follow your individual interests in the order that suits you most;
  • You will enjoy small-group teaching, and high-quality courses dealing with the frontiers of modern science;
  • Collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (Sweden) and with Ruprecht Karls Universität in Heidelberg (Germany) enables you to include courses and research placements taken at these institutions;
  • In addition, participation in the Joint Programme in Translational and Experimental Medicine of the EUROLIFE consortium (a collaboration in the life sciences between six distinguished universities, i.e. Leiden, Stockholm, Dublin, Edinburgh, Göttingen, and Barcelona) gives you the same advantages of being trained in an international setting;
  • Leiden University and the LUMC provide good financial support for the international exchange of students;
  • The modern facilities of the LUMC are located in three buildings that are connected and form a unilocation. This brings our core activities – research, education and patient care – even more closely together.

Master details

  • Degree Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 2 years
  • Start date Flexible, for international students preferably September or February
  • Language of instruction English, 1 of the 4 specialisations is in Dutch
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 66990

Dr. Egbert Lakke

“To me the nervous system is the most fascinating part of the body.”

“Since I started studying I already knew that I wanted to do research on that subject. After I studied medicine I switched immediately to Biomedical Sciences; a study that in my time simply didn’t exist!

Neuro track
Nowadays I educate Biomedical Science students in Neuroscience with great pleasure. BS in Leiden is small-scale so contact with students is direct and stimulating. In addition, I coordinate the Neuro track in the master phase of BS. This track focuses on personal coaching of students who are specifically interested in Neuroscience.

Encouraging students
An important aim of the Neuro track is encouraging students to continue doing research at LUMC when they’ve finished their studies. This track is for students and researchers (the coaches) very worthwhile because research in Neuroscience at the LUMC is strongly represented.”

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