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Biomedical Research and Diagnostics

Get inspired by recent developments in biomedical laboratory science.

Biomedical laboratory technology and (bio)medical science are developing at lightning speed. This minor responds to that. The student is introduced to recent developments in the field, both within research & development and within medical laboratory diagnostics.

Course content
Almost daily breakthroughs in biomedical science are reported in the media. For example, the use of stem cell transplantation in some forms of cancer, a vaccine against AIDS or malaria, or the discovery of genes that are involved in Parkinson's disease or ALS. This minor responds to this by introducing the student to recent developments in the biomedical field.


Target group

You are studying a bachelor program in Life Sciences and you have passed the first year’s exam. 


Course structure

The first half of the minor is primarily intended to strengthen the basis in a few areas. Next, the focus will be on state-of-the-art knowledge and technology, future developments and ethical implications of biomedical research. You will work both in a group and individually.

During part 1 (20 EC), the student follows 4 courses. For this, the student makes a choice from a block of three courses (related to infectious diseases / hereditary diseases / tumor biology) and supplements these with Biotechnology or Laboratory Medicine (the last course is in Dutch).

Class meetings are held every week for each subject, where you work individually and in groups.

In the last 2 weeks of Advances 1, the students look for a project (10 EC) to work on during Advances 2.

For external students (non Saxion and international students) there are also lessons Intercultural Awareness and Communication (5 ec).


Assessment methods

The total amount of credits is 30.

Students are assessed on the basis of professional products and theme assignments (for example a report, presentation, video clip, etc.). Conditional tests are also part of the themes.

Aanvullende informatie

Application for non-Saxion student:

Before registration through Kies op Maat, please contact the minor-contact person: Petra Juffer (, 06-83215791) if participating is still possible or whether the maximum number of participants has been reached.

How do I apply?
The application process regarding the Kies op Maat minor at Saxion is a bit different than described at

How does it work?
Step 1: Download the learning agreement from the Kies op Maat website and let it sign by a member of the exam commission at your own educational institution ánd sign the document yourself.
Step 2: go to and fill in your personal data
Step 3: you will receive an automatic generated email from IAM including your username and password
Step 4: go the, log on with your username and password which you have received from IAM and apply!
Step 5: After this we can process your application for a Kies op Maat minor at Saxion

Please note : in 'Upload documents' you are requested to upload some documents. The following documents we need:

  • A copy of your valid passport or ID-card. No driving license!
  • A copy of your propaedeutic diploma or a printout from the DUO diploma register. In case you do not have the propaedeutic diploma yet, we would like to receive an official statement from your educational institution in which they state that you will receive the propaedeutic diploma before the start of the minor.
  • Learning agreement, page 1, 2 and 3 (signed by a member of the exam commission of your own education institution and student)

If you have further questions, please let us know. You can contact Saxion Student Registration, telephone number: 088 – 019 3000.