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Life Science & Technology - Leiden University

Life Science Research and Development (MSc)

About the programme

The Life Science Research and Development programme consists of 120 European Credit Transfer System points (EC) and includes a research training project of 60 EC.

Programme Overview

The curriculum of Life Science Research and Development consists of:

  • Research training project(s) (60 EC)
  • Academic Writing (2 EC) and Science Methodology (4 EC)
  • Core courses (24 EC)
  • Elective courses (24 EC)
  • Specialisation specific components (6 EC)

The research training project can be split into two projects: one major (at least 40 EC) and one minor (at least 20 EC). The research project includes a presentation and a written report - the master's thesis.

The master’s research project can be carried out in one of the research groups at the LIC. You also have the opportunity to carry out pre-clinical master’s projects in biomedical research institutes, including the LUMC, Erasmus MC and The Netherlands Cancer Institute.

Learn more about the study programme

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.

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