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Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences - Leiden University

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Communication and Society (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Communication and Society at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

You are eligible to apply if you have:

  • A BSc degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (Bio-Farmaceutische Wetenschappen) from any research university in the Netherlands.
    OR
  • A bachelor’s degree in a Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences-related programme from a research university in the Netherlands, under the condition that you have accumulated at least 150 EC (or the equivalence thereof) in courses/projects belonging to the domain of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and have had basic research training in the field of life science including a 16 EC, level 400 (or equivalent) final research assignment, covering all aspects of the research cycle and being concluded with an individual research thesis written in academic English, and an oral presentation.|

You might be eligible to apply if you hold a bachelor´s degree in a related programme such as Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Informatics with the specialisation Informatics & Biology, Life Science and Technology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Your eligibility to apply depends on the individual choices that you made within your programme, e.g. the choice of a minor programme and research project(s) in the domain of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the BSc degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. Only after a positive decision of the Board of Admissions you will be admitted to the programme. 

Please note that admission to the specialisation in Industrial Pharmacy is limited to only a few students each year. Selection of candidates for this specialisation takes place during the first year of the programme. For this specialisation, proficiency in Dutch is required.

For more information, please contact the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences’ admission committee.
 

If you have a degree in Dutch higher vocational education (hbo/HLO) in a Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences-related field of science (e.g. Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences or equivalent field of Science), you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have:

  • accumulated at least 150 EC (or the equivalence thereof) in courses/projects belonging to the domain of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and have had basic research training in the field of life science including a 16 EC, level 400 (or equivalent) final research assignment, covering all aspects of the research cycle and being concluded with an individual research thesis written in academic English, and an oral presentation,obtained your degree within four years with a grade point average (GPA) above 7.5, and,
  • the research project that was included in the (hbo/HLO) programme must have been conducted at a research university or a university medical centre and must have been assessed with a grade above 8.0 (grades according to the Dutch grading scale).

Your eligibility to apply depends on the individual choices that you made within your programme, e.g. the choice of a minor programme and research project(s) in the domain of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of the Dutch BSc degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and whether you meet the additional requirements. Only after a positive decision of the Board of Admissions you will be admitted to the programme. 

Please note that admission to the specialisation in Industrial Pharmacy is limited to only a few students each year. Selection of candidates for this specialisation takes place during the first year of the programme. For this specialisation, proficiency in Dutch is required.

For more information, please contact the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences’ admission committee.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences or in a Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch research universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have:

  •  accumulated at least 150 EC (or the equivalence thereof) in courses/projects belonging to the domain of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and have had basic research training in the field of life science including a 16 EC, level 400 (or equivalent) final research assignment, covering all aspects of the research cycle and being concluded with an individual research thesis written in academic English, and an oral presentation.

You might be eligible to apply if you hold a bachelor´s degree in a related programme such as Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Informatics with the specialisation Informatics & Biology, Life Science and Technology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Your eligibility to apply depends on the individual choices that you made within your programme, e.g. the choice of a minor programme and research project(s) in the domain of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the Dutch BSc degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. Only after a positive decision of the Board of Admissions you will be admitted to the programme. 

Please note that admission to the specialisation in Industrial Pharmacy is limited to only a few students each year. Selection of candidates for this specialisation takes place during the first year of the programme. For this specialisation, proficiency in Dutch is required.

For more information, please contact the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences’ admission committee.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply*:

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90, with a minimum of 20 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

The test result may not be older than two years at the time of enrolment for the programme.

*Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have

  • An International Baccalaureate diploma from a programme taught in English (or an IB diploma with “English A”);
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education completed in Australia, Canada (with the exception of French-language programmes in Canada), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa; 
  • A diploma of an English-taught university degree programme completed at a Dutch research university; 
  • A Dutch pre-university education (vwo) diploma. 

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

The following requirements apply: 

  • IELTS Academic modules only, on paper or on computer: 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 for each separate component score.
    • We do not accept IELTS Academic online.
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator.
       
  • TOEFL internet based: 90 overall, with at least 20 for each separate component.
    • We are not able to accept The TOEFL IBT Home Edition™, except in the following situations only:
      You took the test before 1 Sept 2022 (and it is not more than 2 years old), or you are unable to take an in-person test on location because test centres are inaccessible or closed due to unsafe conditions in a country.
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency, or C1 Advanced (180), with a minimum score of 169 for each separate component.

Note that English test results may not be more than two years old.

You do not have to submit an English proficiency test if you have completed your education in the USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta; or if you have obtained an English-taught International Baccalaureate™; or if you have completed a Dutch VWO diploma or an English-taught bachelor at a Dutch research university.

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to 
English language proficiency
.

Additional information

We expect students to bring a regular laptop running Windows (or running Linux for certain study programmes). MacOS may in most cases also suffice (with Parallels for Windows installed), but not all specialized applications may be supported, and less support may be available. 
•    Windows 11 compatible – 64-bits (or Linux for some study programmes) 
•    Processor/CPU – modern, medium range 
•    Memory/RAM – 8 GB, if possible 16 GB 
•    Storage – 512 GB, if possible 1 TB 

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