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Consultancy profile

The consultancy profile is targeted at preparing students for a role as a scientific consultant. This does not mean that upon completion of this programme you are a consultant by trade, but that you have begun to develop skills required to give useful advice regarding issues that you are acquainted with as a scientific expert. Scientific consultants combine ample knowledge of their scientific discipline with insight into the interaction between science, technology, and society. Additionally, they keep a keen eye on the views and stakes of persons involved, and have the analytical and communicative skills to handle these. In the consultancy programme, students learn to view counselling as both a matter of science and a matter of managing human interaction. They will acquaint themselves with the following items: argumentative policy analysis, the interaction between science, technology, and society and projectmanagement. Besides, they receive training in teamwork, interviewing and conversational techniques, managing conflicts, and win-win negotiation. A critically important aspect of this module is self-reflection: to know who you are, how you work with others, and why you react the way you are inclined to do; particularly in tense situations. Managing yourself — that is what it is all about, essentially. Therefore, your trainers will pay due attention to your participation and your personal development during the modules.

Courses related to the consultancy profile:

When you wish to include the consultancy profile in your programme, then the following courses are compulsory (see List of BMS-courses for course description):

  1. MED-BMS02 Management skills for a consultant
  2. MED-BMS03 Policy research
  3. MED-BMS04 Policy making, health systems and public management
  4. MED-BMS05 Participatory approaches to innovation

These courses are also accessible, if you do not choose for a consultacy profile.

The coordinator of the consultancy profile is:

Rob Reuzel (Department for Health Evidence)


For internships see: Assessment criteria for internships.

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