Career possibilities after LIMSC  

Opportunities for national and international students in Leiden and the LUMC  


LUMC is the Medical Faculty of Leiden University and houses the academic hospital and research buildings with unique research facilities ranging from novel genomics and proteomics to the largest mass cytometry facility in the Netherlands. As a LIMSC participant you will have the opportunity to take a look in the LUMC. On top of that, you will be able to stay connected to the LUMC after LIMSC as many educational, internship and career possibilities are provided by our Medical Faculty. 

Research Programmes 

Within the LUMC, different specialists work together around 7 medical research profiles. The research in light of these medical research profiles is conducted within departmental research programmes. On the LUMC site you will find a list showing all research programmes for each LUMC department. For each programme a brief content description is given. If you are interested in a research programme, you can approach the programme leader or one of the principal investigators by sending them an email. This e-mail should contain your motivation for the selected research programme, the function you are interested in and your resume.


Becoming a PhD student

Next to solely working within the departmental research programmes, the LUMC offers many spots for PhD students. If you look around on the LUMC Graduate School website, you might get an impression of what it is like to be a PhD student at the LUMC while living in Leiden. If you have an MSc degree and a sufficient command of English, you are most welcome to explore all opportunities provided by the LUMC.  



Perhaps your interests match the LUMC PhD vacancies,which you can find on the LUMC website.

You can also visit, which is the sibling of FindAMasters, a comprehensive database of postgraduate Masters courses. Their advice pages have hundreds of interesting and helpful links or articles to help students with their search for PhD spots.



Leiden University has a number of scholarships available for prospective PhD students to allow them to study in Leiden. Also, Study in Holland provides information about scholarships and offers practical information about studying here.


International Desk LUMC

If you are interested in coming to Leiden, the LUMC has a special International Desk to help international employees find their way through Leiden and the LUMC. 



LUMC offers two master’s degree programmes in English, which are open for internationals students. Vitality and Ageing offers an unique holistic approach on ageing, and Biomedical Sciences prepares you for a career in biomedical research. Education is small scale and intensive and you will learn to work independently. 


Curricular courses

In addition to the full-time master’s degree programs, several courses of the bachelor’s programs Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are taught in English and have places available for international students. An overview of the courses and links to the online study guide are given on the LUMC website.


Electives (half minor)
A distinct part of the bachelor’s programmes Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are the Electives, which are up for international students as well. Each elective course of ten weeks covers a specific theme and has strong links with cutting-edge research within LUMC.  Only a maximum of 20 students will be accepted for each elective, which means you will always work in small groups and have lots of interaction with the group and the teacher.


Summer School

For those who would like to experience Leiden or The Netherlands during the summer, Leiden University offers a variety of Summer Schools

Leiden Oxford Transplantation School

The Leiden Oxford Transplantation Summer School(LOTS) is a collaboration between the university of Leiden and Oxford. The school is organised primarily for biomedical and medical students that are in their studies and are interested in transplantation and (clinical) research.  The summer school takes place in Leiden and lasts 3 and a half days in total. During the summer school you will learn about all aspects of transplantation and work with students from all around the world. And of course, there is also time to have fun and get to know each other!