Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSc)
About the programme
The two-years MSc programme spans the entire spectrum of Analytical BioSciences, Biopharmaceutics, Drug Delivery Technology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology.
Overview of the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences programme
The master’s programme offers three major research specialisations corresponding to the disciplines of the Research Clusters of the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR):
- BioTherapeutics: You are focusing on the development of new therapeutic approaches to treat immune-based disorders and state-of-the-art therapies using novel biologicals.
- Drug Discovery and Safety: In this specialisation you focus on targeting hallmarks of cancer. We offer education into advanced systems microscopy technologies and clinically relevant model systems for target and drug screening in combination with cheminformatics for development of novel and safe drug leads.
- System Biomedicine and Pharmacology: You will combine cutting-edge experimental training in the field of systems biology, and quantitative pharmacology education in the area of computational modelling of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic relationships.
The remaining four BPS tracks consist of a research component in combination with another specialisation:
- Industrial Pharmacy (in Dutch, max. 2 selected participants): This specialisation trains you in quality control and safety in the production of medicinal products, and prepares students for a career in Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry.
- Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Business Studies: Combine training in BPS research with education in business and entrepreneurship.
- Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Communication and Society: combine research with programmes in different aspects of science communication, such as journalism.
- Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Education (taught partly in Dutch): prepare yourself for a career in teaching.
The programme of all specialisations consists of an introduction course, two research projects, at least one lecture series, the course Advanced academic skills and career orientation, and optional courses. The general outline of the research-oriented specialisations is indicated below:
- Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (4 EC)
- Research project 1 (51 EC)
- Research project 2 (36 EC)
- Literature study plus thesis (7 EC)
- Lecture series 1 in BPS (4 EC)
- Course Advanced academic skills and career orientation (3 EC)
- Optional courses or traineeships (15 EC)
Find out more about the specialisations:
The specialisations combine at least one year of Biopharmaceutical Sciences (60 EC) with training to prepare you for specific science-related careers (60 EC).
Find out more about the practical-oriented specialisations:
- Individual paper
- Lab work
- Literature study
- Working group