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Life Science & Technology - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Life Science & Technology (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Life Science and Technology at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

You are eligible to apply if you have

  1. a BSc degree in Life Science and Technology (LST) from any research university in the Netherlands.
    OR
  2. a bachelor’s degree in a Life Science and Technology-related programme from a research university in the Netherlands, under the condition that you have accumulated at least 150 EC in courses/projects belonging to the domain of Life Science and Technology.
    The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related.

If you do not meet the requirements above, you may still submit a request to the Board of Admissions. The board then reviews whether you demonstrate the academic ability to mitigate such a deficiency. The following matters will be reviewed: 

  • the average final grade of your obtained degree (at least 7.5 in the Dutch grading system) and 
  • your research project/internship grade (at least 8.0 in the Dutch grading system) 
  • letter(s) of recommendation (see required documents)      

For more information, please contact the LST study advisor.           

If you have a degree in Dutch higher vocational education (hbo) in a Life Science and Technology-related field of science, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • accumulated at least 150 EC in courses/projects belonging to the domain of Life Science and Technology, and
  • obtained your hbo degree with an average final grade of at least 7.5, and
  • a research project/internship grade of at least 8.0

Please also submit letter(s) of recommendation (see required documents).

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of the Dutch BSc degree in Life Science and Technology and whether you meet the additional requirements.

For more information, please contact the LST study advisor.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a Life Science and Technology- related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have accumulated at least 150 EC (or the equivalence thereof) in courses/projects belonging to the domain of Life Science and Technology.
The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related.

If you do not meet the requirements above, you may still submit a request to the Board of Admissions. The board then reviews whether you demonstrate the academic ability to mitigate such a deficiency. The following matters will be reviewed: 

  • the average final grade of your obtained degree (at least 7.5 in the Dutch grading system) and 
  • your research project/internship grade (at least 8.0 in the Dutch grading system) 
  • letter(s) of recommendation (see required documents)

For more information, please contact the LST study advisor.

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply*:

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90, with a minimum of 20 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

The test result may not be older than two years at the time of enrolment for the programme.

*Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have

  • An International Baccalaureate diploma from a programme taught in English (or an IB diploma with “English A”);
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education completed in Australia, Canada (with the exception of French-language programmes in Canada), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa; 
  • A diploma of an English-taught university degree programme completed at a Dutch research university; 
  • A Dutch pre-university education (vwo) diploma. 

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

 

The education component of this master's programme is taught in Dutch. All applicants that have not achieved a Secondary Education qualification in the Netherlands, have to demonstrate their Dutch communication skills. The level of Dutch is assessed through an advanced Dutch language exam. For more information about the exam: Admission Exam TUL Advanced

A Dutch as a Second Language Certificate (Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal) at Educatief Startbekwaam or Educatief Professioneel level is also sufficient to meet the language requirement.

Mind: after completion of the Education specialisation you obtain a qualifications to be a teacher in the Netherlands.

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