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How to design your programme

Studying Biomedical Sciences at the Radboudumc means that you have a lot of freedom to design a program that suits your ambitions and qualities best. To help you translate your future vision into a concrete programme, you will need to make the following choices:

  1. A specialisation. A specialisation in the Master BMS is a biomedical area/topic. There are 7 specialisations which the students can choose from.
  2. A profile. Do you envision yourself as someone who is primarily doing research, assumes a role as an advisor or consultant, or is involved in communication of scientific information?
  3. Other choices. In addition to a specialisation and profile you can further specialise or broaden your Master with additional courses. This way you can cover additional biomedical topics (diseases, mechanisms, methodology) that interest you. 
    Last but not least, with the choice of your internships and literature thesis you create an individual Master’s programme that gives you a unique biomedical profile.

It is important to regularly discuss you study plans with your specialisation coordinator. Plans for internships, literature thesis and external/individual courses need to be submitted for approval by the Board of Examiners. You can read the details about these procedures in this prospectus.


Information on knowledge requirements can be found in the Onderwijs- en Examenregeling at Examinations and regulations.

We provide you with ample opportunities to pursue your ambitions and individualise your programme. Still, some requirements apply. That is, your programme must include:

  1. Courses and internships amounting to at least 120 ECs, as approved by the Board of Examiners
  2. Research profilestudents need to take at least 6 ECsof profile specific courses AND at least 18 ECs of other courses delivered by the Radboudumc in the context of the master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences
  3. Consultancy and communication profilestudents need to take 12 ECsof profile specific courses AND at least 18 ECs of other courses delivered by the Radboudumc in the context of the master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences
  4. At least one ≥30 ECs research internship (two for students of the research profile considering that their profile internship is also a research internship, see next item)
  5. At least one ≥30 ECs profile-internship (for students of the research profile this simply is a second research internship)
  6. A 6 ECs literature thesis
  7. No more than one minor delivered by the Radboudumc in the context of the bachelor’s programme in Biomedical Sciences, provided that this minor has not been completed already in the context of this programme
  8. No more than 12 ECs of courses that are not reasonably related to the field of biomedical sciences
  9. Students should attend at least 3 Radboud Integrity Rounds during their Master’s programme. More information and subscription: radboudumc.nl/researchintegrityround
  10. BMS01 ‘Thinking critically about science’ can be a mandatory component depending on your prior education (this course is NOT part of the 6 EC + 18 EC in point 2 or the 12 EC + 18 EC in point 3):
    • Students admitted to the BMS Master’s based on the completion of the Biomedical Sciences Pre-Master’s for HAN, HLE, Physical Therapy, and MBRT and those admitted based on the completion of a programme at a foreign university must take the MED-BMS01 course (mandatory component).
    • Students admitted to the BMS Master’s based on a Bachelor’s at a Dutch university outside Radboudumc can substitute another course for MED-BMS01 if they wish. Although the BMS01 course is not mandatory for these students, we still recommend this course as it will provide valuable new insights. So, recommended but not mandatory.
    • Students admitted to the BMS Master’s based on the Bachelor’s programme of Biomedical sciences at Radboudumc or the pre-master’s program Biomedical Sciences for students of Medicine should not take BMS01 because BMS01 is more or less the same as the Bachelor course B3WI ‘Thinking critically about science’ that these students have already taken.

In order to graduate for the BMS Master’s, you must obtain a total of at least 120 EC. If BMS01 is not a mandatory component for you, you still have to acquire 120EC in total.

Approval from the board of examiner for study components

The Board of Examiners needs to approve the following study activities:

  • planned internships (application by OSIRIS Case)
  • planned literature thesis (application by standard form)
  • courses to be taken outside the Radboudumc (application by standard form)

Our own BMS courses at Radboudumc are automatically approved and do not require submission of any documents to the Board of Examiners. Make sure you thoroughly read the requirements mentioned above so that you know the minimum number of EC you need to obtain from internal (Radboudumc) BMS courses within your Master's.

Below you can find more information about the procedures for internships (OSIRIS Case), thesis and courses outside Radboudumc. Including the details about methods for approval by the Board of Examiners.

Study plan not required from January 2021:

Since January 2021 it is no longer necessary to submit a study plan to the Board of Examiners. The study plan was a growing document in which all (planned) study activities were included. From now on you only need specific approval for the activities mentioned above. For each of these activities there is a separate form or OSIRIS Case procedure. Below you can find more specific information.

You should regularly discuss your study plans with your Specialisation Coordinator. In the Brightspace course ‘2122 Master Biomedical Sciences’ or ‘2223 Master Biomedical Sciences’ (depending on your starting year) you can find a format make an overview of your study plans  (go to Content > Coaching > Overview study plans) which you can discuss with your specialisation coordinator. This format is an aid to list planned courses, internships and literature thesis. It is not obligatory and does not have to be submitted to / approved by the Board of Examiners.

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