International students

Electives (half minors)

Are you a (bio)medical student and do you want to gain in-depth knowledge of a (bio)medical topic? LUMC offers electives (half minors) in English that are open for international students. 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.

Ten week immersion in a (bio)medical topic

Over a ten-week period, you will be completely immersed in the topic and explore different aspects. The teachers are experts on the subject and will challenge you to learn as much as possible. There will be practicals, work groups, and you will learn how to set up a research project and apply the knowledge you have obtained. After ten weeks, you will know all there is to know on a topic. This provides a good basis for a research project later in your studies or career. We have a large selection of electives, an overview and descriptions of all half minors are given below.  

Practical information    

  • Start: September
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Credits: 15 EC
  • Registration: before april 1st

Student experiences

Three students of the University of Indonesia came to Leiden for the electives (half minors) and shared their stories. Find out what they learned

How to apply

You can apply for the half minors if you have successfully completed the first two years of a bachelor program in Medicine or Biomedical Sciences and meet the other admission requirements. International students have to register through the online registration system before April 1st. You will be asked to upload a motivation letter and several other documents. In the remark field, you can rank your order of preference (1. Your favourite half minor, 10. Your least favourite half minor). A full overview of all half minors is given below. Dutch students from other universities can apply by following the procedure for Dutch guest students.  

We always aim at placing students for the half minor of their first choice. However, there is a limited number of places available for each half minor. 


Biomedical imaging in a clinical Setting: from molecule to man
Cellular therapies
Clinical immunology: from patient to immune cell, towards novel immune modulating therapies
From patient DNA to personalized medicine
Global health
Heart and blood vessels: development, disease and state of the art therapies
Immunotherapy of cancer: the immune system and its fight against cancer
Infections in health and disease
Molecular targets and cancer therapy
Patient-centered care: advanced professional skills to support shared decision making and patient self-management
Research in spine and skullbase surgery and ENT/audiology
Sense and non-sense in anesthesiology
Translational neuroscience: brain, mind and muscles