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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. The programme offers four specialisations and gives students a great deal of freedom in composing their tailored study programme. The molecular insight of our MSc LST students is highly appreciated by research groups in institutes such as LUMC and ErasmusMC as well as in research institutes abroad.

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?

Depending on the choice of specialisation students may spend 30 EC up to 80 EC in research training projects in multidisciplinary research teams within the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) or in other research laboratories, such as the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) or the Dutch Cancer Institute (NKI). A MSc student in Life Science and Technology takes courses in the field of molecular, biophysical and biomedical sciences. Hereby, a solid foundation is created for understanding the fundamental cellular processes and mechanisms underlying disease. Also, knowledge and skills are acquired in the technologies used to manipulate these systems for diagnostic, therapeutic and research purposes. At the core of understanding of health and disease within the LIC are studies on protein-protein interactions, synthesis and manipulation of protein structures, the use of novel chemical probes and inhibitors, the study of the effects of these potential drugs in cells and application of biomedical informatics.

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Why study Life Science and Technology at Leiden University?

  • You can design your own tailor-made programme adjusted to your own interests and ambitions related to Life Sciences, biomedicine and Chemical Biology.
  • You have the possibility to be part of research training projects within the Faculty of Science, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Erasmus Medical Center or abroad.
  • You will receive personal guidance by a mentor of choice, who is a member of one of our international and young research groups.

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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 can also choose a specialisation where you combine one year of Life Science and Technology research with one year of training in business, communication or education.

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