Are you a current student? For the programme of this academic year, check the course guide.

Curriculum and courses

Students have many options to construct their own programme. 
Each year there are 6 course periods from Sept – Feb. During the first year, most students start by following specialisation courses from Sept-Nov. These specialisation courses provide substantive structure and depth on a number of core topics. Most students continue following additional courses until Feb to further specialise or broaden their master programme. From March until summer most students do their first internship. 

In the second year, many students start by doing additional courses between Sept and Feb. It’s possible to follow courses from other topics or specialisations. Moreover, students opt for one the career profiles: Research, Consultancy or Science Communication. Each of these profiles have a number of mandatory courses in Dec - Feb. 
Students do their second internship during the second year. 
The literature thesis (taking approx. 1 month) can carried out either in the first or second year of the programme.

About this study curriculum


  • Clinical human movement sciences
  • Drug Safety and Toxicology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Immunology and host defence
  • Medical Neuroscience
  • Molecular Medicine

Professional profiles

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Consultancy

Each specialisation consists up to 6 courses. In addition, each profile has mandatory courses. And last but not least, students can choose more and other courses to personalise and further specialise or broaden their programme.

BMS Courses (at least 24 or 18 ec, depending on your chosen profile)

There are a few courses associated with your chosen specialisation and chosen career profile. They are part of a broad range of over 80 different biomedical courses that we offer. For students with a research profile, these courses must cover at least 24 EC. Students with a communication or consultancy profile need at least 18 EC of these courses.

Internships (at least 60 EC)

Your programme must contain two internships, one of which must be a research internship and have a study load of at least 30 EC. The second internship depends on your profile. This implies that for a student with a research profile, both internships (a total of at least 60 EC) will involve scientific research. Students in other profiles can, next to their research internship of at least 30 EC, choose a second internship related to their profile choice. This means that students with a communication profile can, for example, perform a project in the field of health communication and students with a consultancy profile a health policy analysis.

Literature thesis (6 EC)

Your literature thesis must focus on a disease, mechanism, or method­ology. It serves to demonstrate the depth of your understanding on a biomedical topic. It will have a study load of 6 EC.

Remaining study load

After selecting the minimal required study load of courses, internships and thesis you get to choose on what you want to spend the remaining study load. This could be more courses, extra time on an internship and/or an extra internship. You can also choose additional courses in other programmes at Radboud University or at other universities in the Netherlands or abroad.

Integrity Rounds

Students should attend at least 3 Radboud Integrity Rounds during their Master’s programme. More information can be found here

In short

Students need to acquire at least 120 EC during their entire Master’s programme. This is 60 EC per year for students who take the usual 2 years to complete their master's programme.

The 120 EC of this two-year programme are subdivided as follows:

  • A coherent set of biomedical courses in relation to your chosen specialisation (≥24 EC or ≥ 18 EC + 12 EC profile courses)
  • Internships (≥60 EC)
  • Literature thesis (6 EC)
  • Electives (Remaining study load)


The seven specialisation coordinators (SC) take responsibility for the content and coaching of students within each specialisation. In addition to coaching the students, the SC represents and evaluates the specialisation and monitors/ensures the coherence, depth and structure of the specialisation.

The specialisation coordinator:

  • Provides support and guidance to enable the student to carry out his/her learning process within the specified timeframe.
  • Monitors progress of the student with respect to his/her specific learning goals, ambitions, interests and results in the educational components and give feedback.
  • Advises the student regarding his/her choices for courses, electives and internships.
  • Stimulates the student to reflect on his/her learning process and to improve him/herself.
  • Will act as mediator should conflicts arise during any phase of the program. Individual issues can be discussed and confidentiality will be maintained if requested by the student.

Coaching and professional development: aims

  1. To provide support and guidance by enabling students to carry out their learning process within the specified timeframe and help them in designing their individual master’s programme.
  2. To guide students in their professional development and academic skills.
  3. To make students aware of their unique selling points and how to communicate these to others.
Total EC
120 EC