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Life Science & Technology - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Life Science & Technology (MSc)

Career prospects

With an MSc in LST you are well prepared for a broad array of career prospects. Life Science research and business is one of the fastest growing economic activities worldwide.

Acquired skills and competence

This programme equips you with knowledge and expertise on molecular and biomedical science at a fundamental level, preparing you for a career in both industrial and academic environments. All students are trained in independent academic and analytical thinking, with a strong focus on research, and participate in a set of compulsory components, namely core theoretical courses and academic skills. This set of compulsory components ensures that all MSc LST students acquire a set of common learning outcomes, irrespective of their chosen specialisation. These learning outcomes include knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts of life sciences from textbooks and primary literature and the ability to plan life sciences research and perform experiments within an appropriate time frame. In addition, after completion of the programme students have developed an appropriate critical scientific attitude, i.e. the ability to analyse results and critically evaluate their validity and accuracy, as well as the skill to communicate research progress and results to colleagues, supervisors and experts. 

Career

After completing the MSc LST programme you will have a broad array of career prospects. All students with a Master of Science in LST are admissible to a PhD programme. If you have the desire to apply your knowledge of chemistry outside the university, there are good job possibilities in Research & Development departments in industry, business, public utility companies, teaching, consultancy and government bodies. Many students eventually attain higher management positions.

•    Process technologist at COVRA N.V.
•    Application Scientist at RiverD
•    Clinical Project Manager at IQVIA
•    Technical Life Science Sales Specialist at NonoTemper Technologies
•    Marketing Manager at Dawn Foods Global
•    Company secretary at Netherlands Forensic Institute
•    Associate Scientist New Cellular Technologies at Galapagos
•    Assistant Breeder at Axia Vegetable Seeds
•    Research technician at Charles River Laboratories
•    Software, Integration & BI Architect at VMG Company B.V.
•    Research associate at Genmab
•    Science Talent Recruitment Expert at Science@Work
•    technician upstream processing at Batavia Biosciences
•    Recruiter at BIRD Recruitment
•    Associate Scientist at Johnson & Johnson
•    Strategist at Gupta Strategists
•    Supply Chain Graduate - Front Line Manager Operations at PepsiCo
•    Senior Business Technology Consultant at First Consulting
•    Continuous Improvement Engineer at Sanquin
•    Technician technical operations at CellPoint
•    Labmanager at Scenic Biotech
•    Project leader communication at KNCV | Hoe ziet "jouw" DNA er uit?
•    Quality control/ medical device manager at Peercode BV
•    Automation Specialist at Janssen Inc.
•    Scientist at Vico Therapeutics B.V.
•    Pharmaceutical Marketing at Boehringer Ingelheim
•    Product Manager Rheumatology at Novartis

The master’s degree is an excellent stepping-stone for pursuing a PhD degree. You can also aim for a career in either industrial or academic environments.

Acquired skills and competence
This programme equips you with knowledge and expertise on molecular and biomedical fundamental levels, preparing you for careers in both industrial and academic environments. After completing your Master programme you will have excellent knowledge of fundamental and applied Life Sciences and highly developed research skills.

After graduation you have a lot of opportunities: academics are highly sought after in Dutch secondary education or mbo teaching. You can also aim for a management position or work as a researcher within the field of Life Sciences.

Acquired skills and competence
The Master of Science programme guarantees thorough research training founded on a sound theoretical basis. After graduating you have excellent knowledge and expertise on molecular and biomedical science at a fundamental level. Moreover you have obtained the skills and knowledge to apply your LST background to issues of classroom practice.

After graduation you have a lot of opportunities: the field of science communication is very broad. You can also aim for a career in industry or research.

Acquired skills and competence
The Master of Science programme guarantees thorough research training founded on a sound theoretical basis. After graduating you will have excellent knowledge of Life Sciences and highly developed research skills. Moreover you have obtained the skills and knowledge to apply your LST background to SCS careers. Some examples of career at the interface of science and public affairs are:  science writer, science policymaker, public relations officer or research scientist with particular communication skills.

SCS job and internship opportunities 
Below you will find an overview of organisations where you can fulfill your SCS internships and where our alumni have found jobs:
•Science editorial offices at newspapers.
•Popular science magazines such as Kijk, New Scientist, Quest.
•Professional journals such as Bionieuws, Chemisch2Weekblad.
•Science museums, science centers, or zoos such as Naturalis, Boerhaave, Museon, Nemo, Artis, Blijdorp.
•Educational organisations such as Stichting C3, Technolab Leiden, UNAWE.
•Patient organisations and health organisations such as Diabetes Fonds, Prinses Beatrix Spierfonds, Nierstichting, KWF.
•Organisations for environmental education such as Natuurmonumenten.
•Radio, television, such as Klokhuis, SchoolTV, De Kennis van Nu.
•Websites with science information such as Kennislink, De Kennis van Nu.
•Research information officer at a university or research institute.
•Our own Science Communication & Society department; student research about mass media, citizen science, museum learning; PhD research in science communication.
•PhD in your own research field; increasingly, scientists with science communication skills are appreciated.

Many students receive their first job offer during or right after their Business Studies internship. After graduation you can also aim for a career in Life Sciences research.

Acquired skills and competence
As a science student you have been trained to develop analytical skills, the attitude for problem solving and the ability to learn quickly as well as to apply creative thinking. This rather unique skill set is necessary to become a good researcher. At the same time, these qualifications are also valuable for industry and business. Many companies are looking for science graduates who will be able to fulfil challenging jobs requiring the above mentioned skills.

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