Universiteit Leiden

nl en
Life Science & Technology - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Life Science & Technology (MSc)

Programme structure

Central to the MSc education is the research training project, which is the most important educational element of the programme. In the research training project, the student becomes a part of a research group for at least five months and learns not just specific practical skills, but also grows into being an independent researcher by learning to plan work, analyse data, report and discuss results with different audiences, troubleshoot and problem solve and act as a team member.


The emphasis of the MSc LST programme is on motivating and stimulating the students to work as young academics and to develop themselves in an optimal way. The two-year programme consists of 120 EC and offers four specialisations. Students can also complete a double specialisation comprising 150 – 180 EC, depending on the specific combination. 

Depending on the specialisation, students follow a shared set of core courses from either of the two research areas. The table below gives an overview of the credit distribution.

  Research EDU SCS BS
Research Training Project 60 30/40 30 30
Academic Skills 6 6 6 6
Core Courses 24 24 24 24
Elective Courses 24 0/20 20 20
Specialisation-Specific Components 6 60/30 40 40
Total 120 120 120 120


Multiple specialisations

In the LST master programme students have the opportunity to follow multiple specialisations. Students should contact the study advisor and/or discuss with their mentor how they should combine multiple specialisations. An example of a programme of a student with a double specialisation in Research and Business studies (160 EC) can be seen in the image below.

This website uses cookies. More information.