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Life Science & Technology - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Life Science & Technology (MSc)

Increased molecular knowledge of the mechanisms of processes in the cell can lead to better medicines or new methods for combating diseases. Our MSc students in Life Science and Technology (LST) specifically learn to understand the molecular and structural chemical and biological aspects of disease-related processes and to apply chemical and biotechnological tools to the treatment of diseases. An attractive feature of the MSc LST at Leiden University is the large flexibility of the study programme, allowing students to compose a tailor-made programme following their personal interests.

Paula van der Meer

2nd year student

Paula van der Meer

I am interested in research in cellular biology and biochemistry, especially when focussed on the molecular processes underlying diseases such as cancer. The freedom to choose your courses is what I like most about the MSc Life Science & Technology in Leiden.

What does this master’s programme entail?

Increased molecular knowledge of the mechanisms of processes in the cell can lead to better medicines or new methods for combating diseases. Our MSc students in Life Science and Technology (LST) specifically learn to understand the molecular and structural chemical and biological aspects of disease-related processes and to apply chemical and biotechnological tools to the treatment of diseases. An attractive feature of the MSc LST at Leiden University is the large flexibility of the study programme, allowing students to compose a tailor-made programme following their personal interests.

Read more about our Life Science and Technology programme.

Our four specialisations

You will learn to find solutions for complex societal problems as encountered in personalized medicine, chemical biology and sustainable use of biological sources.

The Life Science Research and Development (Research) specialisation in LST offers the student the opportunity to spend two full years on training and specialisation to become not only an independent and creative researcher, but also someone who can use their analytical skills to resolve challenges in their career in science or in society. The majority of the students from the research specialisation will continue their career in a PhD position.

The programme consists of:

  • 60 EC research training project 
  • 6 EC academic skills 
  • 24 EC core courses 
  • 6 EC specialisation-specific components
  • 24 EC electives

The research training component is the core of the research specialisation and comprises at least 60 EC (one whole academic year).
 

Prepare for a career in teaching secondary education. After completion you obtained the qualifications to be a chemistry and/or biology teacher.

The specialisation Education (EDU) prepares students for a career as a teacher qualified to teach in Dutch secondary education. The programme is designed to obtain the so-called “eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid” which qualifies for teaching at all levels in Dutch high schools. Students in the LST programme are prepared for the school subject of chemistry and/or biology. The specialisation module comprises courses and teaching practice at a Dutch school for secondary education. 

The programme consists of:

  • 30 EC research training project 
  • 6 EC academic skills 
  • 24 EC core courses 
  • 60 EC specialisation-specific components 

Students who already have finished the minor Education in their BSc study need only 30 EC of the specialisation module. Of the remaining 30 EC, they are required to use at least 10 EC for their research training component. The final 20 EC is used as free elective space.

The language of the specialisation-specific components is Dutch. Apart from the general qualifications that apply for the MSc programme, applicants must provide proof of proficiency in Dutch (“Toelatingsexamen Universiteit Leiden – gevorderd, met spreekvaardigheid minimaal een 7.5”).
 

Combine research with programmes in different aspects of science communication, such as journalism.

The MSc specialisation in Science Communication and Society (SCS) offers students the opportunity to combine life science research training with programmes in different aspects of science communication, such as journalism, new media, museology and information visualisation. The programme prepares students for a career in popularisation of science, for example, as a science communicator, a science policymaker or a public relations or health communication officer, or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mindset.

The programme consists of:

  • 30 EC research training project 
  • 6 EC academic skills 
  • 24 EC core courses 
  • 20 EC electives
  • 40 EC specialisation-specific components 

Students are advised to use the first part of their MSc programme for the core courses, electives and research training project and start the SCS component only after these are complete. The SCS programme starts in September.

Combine training in life science with learning about business and entrepreneurship.

The business studies (BS) specialisation offers the opportunity to combine training in Life Sciences research with education in business and entrepreneurship. It enables science students to understand the fundamentals of business management and innovation. The emphasis is on science-driven organisations and on establishing new businesses based on the outcomes of scientific research. The BS programme is geared towards pursuing future career opportunities both in academia and in industry. About 40% of the former BS-students have gone on to do a PhD, where most of the others found employment in industry as a consultant or in a managerial position.

The programme consists of:

  • 30 EC research training project 
  • 6 EC academic skills 
  • 24 EC core courses 
  • 20 EC electives 
  • 40 EC specialisation-specific components 

The specialisation is open to students from MSc programmes from the Faculty of Science and the MSc programme in Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine (LUMC).
 

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Why study Life Science and Technology at Leiden University?

  • Based on your ambitions and interests you can tailor your programme related to molecular life sciences, biomedicine and chemical biology, by choosing from a large number of elective courses. 
  • You will learn to understand the biomolecular processes that are at the basis of life and how to use this knowledge in biomedical research.
  • You will be mentored by one of our research group leaders, who will provide you with personal guidance throughout your studies.
  • You can do research training projects within the Faculty of Science, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Erasmus Medical Center or even abroad.
  • The Leiden Institute of Chemistry is active in research on biological systems with medical relevance (GPCRs, glycosidases, antibacterial resistance, chaperones, amyloids) and the development of soft materials (biocompatible soft polymers), incorporating structural biology techniques (EM, XRD, NMR).
  • You may work together with world-leading experts collaborating in research related to chemical biology, i.e. make use of chemical tools to study disease-related problems (chemical immunology, proteomics, sugar chemistry).

Find more reasons to study Life Science and Technology at Leiden University.

Life Science and Technology: the right master’s programme for you?

If you are interested in Life Science and you are looking for a programme with ample of opportunities to assemble your own study path, our Life Science and Technology programme is the right choice. The programme addresses societal problems on a molecular and cellular level. You will be trained for a career in research within or outside academia. You can also choose a specialisation where you combine one year of LST courses and research with up to one year of training in business studies, communication or education. The programme is open for students with an internationally recognized BSc degree in Life Science & Technology or a Bachelor of Science degree with a strong life sciences component.

The research performed in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) covers a wide range of topics and expertise, ranging from physical and theoretical chemistry to organic synthesis and molecular cell biology in the research theme Chemical Biology. MSc LST and MSc Chemistry students meet each other in this research theme Chemical Biology: in several research groups in the LIC LST and Chemistry students work on the same scientific problem. However, whereas Chemistry students generally focus on the molecular level by synthesising new biomarkers or drugs, LST students typically work at the cellular level testing these drugs or markers in various cell lines to investigate their toxicity or efficiency. 

In the theoretical courses of the MSc LST programme, the molecular properties of drugs are also explored, but in their MSc research training project LST students generally do cell biology in a research group in the LIC or work in a clinical setting at e.g. the LUMC or the Dutch Cancer Institute (NKI). The molecular knowledge and understanding of our LST students is highly regarded in these and other clinical institutes, and generally our LST students readily find research training projects. In the MSc Biopharmaceutical Sciences, students focus their studies on e.g. drug delivery techniques and uptake mechanisms, the efficiency and safety of drugs, and pharmacology. MSc Biomedical Sciences students focus their studies on the systemic level related to the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. 

Read more about the entry requirements for Life Science and Technology.

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