Biomedical Sciences Communication, M.Sc. | Leiden University | Leiden, Netherlands
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Biomedical Sciences Communication

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Biomedical Sciences Communication MSc program at Leiden University 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.


What does the Communication specialisation entail?

The Biomedical Sciences Communication MSc program at Leiden University enables you to develop knowledge and insight of, and opinions on a career outside scientific research. It broadens your perspective in the field of communication (e.g. writing for a newspaper, website or science magazine or working for a museum). Yet, once graduated, you will also be equipped to pursuit a career within scientific biomedical research.

Specialisations in Biomedical Sciences

After completion of the master programme you have gained academic knowledge, insight, skills and methodology in the field of biomedical sciences. You adopted an academic attitude which prepared you for an academic career and postgraduate education as well as for a career in teaching or another career outside academia.

Even though you are equipped for a variety of different jobs as graduate of the master Biomedical Sciences, there are some differences in job opportunities depending on the specialisation you choose: 

Research specialisation

You are very well prepared for a further scientific career in research. Many of our graduates enter a PhD position first, before ending up in research careers in and outside academia. A job in research usually also involves research management and/or academic teaching.

Programme Structure

During the Biomedical Sciences Communication specialisation you will:

  • Deepen and extend your knowledge on the human body in health and disease
  • Acquire academic skills like team work, problem solving and critical thinking
  • Learn to independently perform biomedical research
  • Learn to present and write up your research in a clear and structured way
  • Learn to apply for grants to fund your research or communication project
  • Learn to write articles for newspapers and popular science magazines/websites
  • Learn the ins and outs of museology
  • Learn to visualise information in a clear way
  • Learn to perform research in the field of science communication

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences [bachelor Biomedische Wetenschappen], or a NVAO accredited Biomedical Sciences programme, at the level of a Dutch or Flemish University;
  • An equivalent bachelor’s degree (for example Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences or Biology, Life Science). Applicants should possess in depth knowledge, understanding and skills (demonstrated by grades and/or ECTS)  in Immunology (6 ECTS), Pathology (6 ECTS), Bio-Statistics (6 ECTS), Neuroscience (6 ECTS) and Molecular Biology (9 ECTS) at the start of the master’s programme. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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