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Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences - Leiden University

Drug Discovery and Safety (MSc)

About the programme

Drug Discovery and Safety consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System (EC) points.

The curriculum of the specialisation Drug Discovery and Safety consists of:

  • Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (6 EC)
    prepares you for Research Project 1

  • Research project 1 (47 EC)
    a nine-month research project within the division of Drug Discovery and Safety of the LACDR

  • Research project 2 (35 EC):
    a six-month research project at an academic institute or a pharmaceutical company

  • Literature study plus thesis (7 EC):
    five consecutive weeks at one of the divisions of the LACDR

  • Lecture series 1 in BPS (4 EC):
    select one of the lecture series listed in the e-prospectus of the master BPS

  • Course Advanced academic skills and career orientation (3 EC)

  • Optional courses or traineeships (18 EC)

Educational methods

  • Learning through research
  • Process learning approach to academic writing and presenting
  • Laboratory and computational learning
  • Literature study
  • Presentations
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Working groups
  • Individual study

Study guidance

One of the strengths of the BPS specialisation Drug Discovery and Safety is that from day one, you are a member of a research team of your choice at the division Drug Target and Safety of LACDR and is guided by an individual mentor. You assemble a tailor-made educational programme for optimal training to become a professional drug researcher. Planning and designing your own study path provides you with essential skills for your future career. When you need advice, our dedicated study advisor for the master’s programme is the person to go to. The study advisor can provide professional help with the study programme and planning, but is also available for guidance in case of personal circumstances that may affect study progress.

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