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Biology - Leiden University

Biology (MSc)

About the programme

The Biology programme offers 4 research-oriented specialisations corresponding with the research themes within the three institutes involved. You can choose a more practical-oriented specialisation if you would like to combine Biology with education, management business, or science communication.


The research-oriented master’s specialisations consist of two components: courses and research. Depending on your specialisation, the programme consists of:

  • Theory (min. 30 EC)
    • Specialisation Orientation Course (2 EC)
    • Advanced Statistics (4 EC)
    • Genomic Architecture (6 EC)
    • Compulsory courses (9 - 18 EC)
    • Elective courses
  • Research project(s) (60 – 90)

Find out more about the research-oriented specialisations:

Within the three practical-oriented specialisations you combine at least one year of the Biology research curriculum (60 EC) with training to prepare you for specific science-related careers (60 EC).  

Find out more about the practical-oriented specialisations:

Educational methods

  • Book exam
  • Colloquium
  • Individual paper
  • Lectures
  • Literature study
  • MSc thesis
  • Presentations
  • Research project
  • Working group

Study guidance

Leiden University offers, if necessary, accompaniment and consultancy on both substantive areas as personal development. Our experienced team of Biology study advisors is available to help you with problems such as study delay, planning, and exam arrangements.

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