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System Biomedicine and Pharmacology (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for System Biomedicine and Pharmacology at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

  • Students holding the BSc degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University are directly admissible to the programme.
  • For all other (international) candidates, the Board of Admissions will evaluate the equivalence of their previous training to the BSc degree of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The preferred specialisation in the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences Master’s programme should match the previous education of the applicant. The choice in optional courses in the MSc programme may be limited by the need to adapt the programme to the present knowledge of the candidate. Please note that basic research training in the field of life sciences is required to be eligible for the programme. Students with a Dutch degree do not have to submit a proof of language proficiency in English.

As a guideline for applicants with an international BSc university degree, the student should have:

  • Basic research training in the field of life science, including a bachelor internship of ≥16 EC assessed with a mark above 8.0. The final average mark should be above 7.5 (marks according to the Dutch grading scale)

Applicants with a BSc (or equivalent) in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Life Science and Technology, as well as applicants with a higher professional education (hbo/hlo) degree (BSc in Applied Sciences) in Chemistry or Biomedical Sciences (or equivalent field of science) may be considered. Students with a Dutch degree do not have to submit a proof of language proficiency in English.

As a guideline for applicants with a higher professional education (hbo/hlo) bachelor degree, the student should have:

  • Obtained the degree within four years with an average final mark above 7.5.
  • Conducted a research project that was included in the higher professional education (hbo/hlo) programme at a university or a university medical centre. The average mark should be above 8.0 (marks according to the Dutch grading scale).

Language requirements

Proof of language proficiency in English by submission of a certificate of an appropriate language test

  • IELTS level: final score ≥ 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • TOEFL: internet based 90.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, minimum grade C.

Please note: The English proficiency requirement does not apply if you have completed your education in the Netherlands, Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate

The Education specialisation programme is taught in Dutch. All applicants that have not achieved a Secondary Education qualification in the Netherlands, have to demonstrate their Dutch communication skills. The level of Dutch is assessed through an advanced Dutch language exam. For more information about the exam: Admission Exam TUL Advanced. For the speaking (fluency) part of the exam, at least a 7.5 must be achieved.

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