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Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences - Leiden University

Drug Discovery and Safety (MSc)

Programme structure

The Drug Discovery and Safety specialisation consists of compulsory and optional components.

Programme outline

  1. You will start with the Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences with specialisation in Drug Discovery and Safety. The major compulsory components are two research projects, both of which include writing a Master’s thesis. You can choose your own research projects. The major research project must be in one of the research themes of the LACDR research divisions Cell Systems and Drug Safety, or Medicinal Chemistry. The minor research project is preferably conducted in a different discipline of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS). For the second research project you are advised to go abroad to gain international experience. Guidance and advice about studying abroad is provided by the International Office of the Faculty of Science.

Other compulsory components are: a literature study, including the writing of an essay or thesis, attending one advanced lecture series in a discipline of BPS, attending the Scientific Conduct course, and attending Lectures or colloquia presented by other Master’s students in BPS, attending career orientation workshops. For the optional component, Master’s students can choose from additional courses or work placements.

For an up-to-date course overview, please visit the Prospectus.

The optional part of the programme (18 EC) can be filled with elective courses or an additional research project. Additional BPS lecture series may be used as electives. For other courses outside the BPS programme and for optional research projects, prior approval of the Board of Examiners is required. A list of other elective courses that have been approved previously is available.


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