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Life Science & Technology - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Life Science & Technology (MSc)

About the programme

The two-year MSc programme Life Science and Technology offers one research specialisation and three other specialisations where you combine Life Science research with business studies, communication or education.

Programme overview

The MSc Life Science and Technology programme offers four specialisations:

The research specialisation comprises research training projects to a total of at least 60 EC, including a presentation for the group and a written report (the master thesis). The major research project is carried out in the LIC, LUMC, Erasmus MC, NKI or elsewhere. The mentor guides you in your research project(s) and will advise you which courses best fit with the research topic and study planning.

Find out more about the Research specialisation:

If you choose the education, science communication or science based business specialisation, you need to follow specific modules (30-60 EC) and therefore have a reduced research programme which consists of compulsory Life Science components (60 EC) and electives (max 30 EC). The compulsory components comprise a research training project (30 EC), four core courses to be selected from the core Life Sciences MSc courses (24 EC) and a course related to academic training. 

Find out more about the programme outline of the specialisations:

Educational methods

  • Thesis Talks
  • Colloquium
  • Literature study
  • Lab work
  • Writing of essays
  • Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Project groups
  • Working groups

Study guidance

At the start of the programme you will choose a personal mentor. The mentor will be your personal coach during the complete master's programme. You will also use a digital Master planner to schedule your studies. The schedule will be monitored by your mentor and the study coordinator.  During your master programme you will become a member of one of the research groups and receive the necessary guidance.