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Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research


Our education programmes span the entire spectrum of Analytical BioSciences, Biopharmaceutics, Drug Delivery Technology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology.

We are committed to provide meaningful, rigorous and quality graduate experiences in a personalized environment with a cutting edge research infrastructure and internationally renowned supervisors.

BSc programme

The Bachelor's programme of Bio-Farmaceutical Sciences is a three-year course that aims to train students in cutting-edge laboratory research applying techniques in a broad range of the drug design. 

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MSc programme

Students in the Master’s programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) of Leiden University are trained for a scientific career in drug research and development. Depending on their interests, students can choose from seven specialisations to further extend their scientific training and theoretical background or supplement it with other subjects and training.

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LACDR PhD programme

The  objective of the PhD Education and Supervision program is to educate PhD candidates in becoming professionals who are competent to conduct scientific research in the field of the pharmaceutical sciences independently. The program constitutes the basis for guiding PhD candidates in their research leading to a successful defense of their PhD dissertation within the set period. 

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Administrative procedures, rules and regulations

Here you can find general regulations, for bachelor, master, and registrations for signing-up for exams and courses. Also you can find the uSis-manual Course and Examination Regulations (OER), the Rules and Regulations (R&R) and the rules about the various examinations and practicals.

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Research environment

Our MSc students are taken up as members of our institute thus providing an ideal environment for our philosophy that you can best Learn science by doing science together with fellow junior and senior scientists.


Array of disciplines

Students can expand their intellectual horizons while deepening their expertise in an array of disciplines. They can learn about the fundamentals of Bio-Pharmaceutic Sciences in a compelling and challenging environment. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges provide a unique learning and research environment for our graduate programme.


Small groups

Courses and working classes concern small groups, while the students are in one-to-one contact with a staff member during their research periods. We are committed to show that a graduate study in Astronomy is far from solitary and monastic, but rather that, at its very core, it is social and collegial.


International environment

The Leiden Graduate School of Science aims to provide an international academic environment with an appreciable number of master and PhD students from abroad. Moreover the same applies to the scientific staff and the post-doctorate fellows. English is the language of the courses, the colloquia, the scientific meetings and the daily conversations in the research groups.



Many of our graduates consider their years of education at the Leiden Observatory to be some of the most fulfilling years of their professional lives. Our MSc and PhD alumni go on to hold positions in the front ranks of research and teaching, policy and administration across the world.