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Faculty of Science

About Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is situated in the Bio Science Park Leiden and spread over various buildings; the Gorlaeus Laboratories, Huygens Laboratory, Oort Building, Snellius Building, Sylvius Laboratory and the Van Steenis Building.

Directly next to the Gorlaeus Laboratories the new Gorlaeus Building is being built, where all institutes and departments will be housed under 1 roof. The new Science Campus offers a high-tech environment with state of the art research and education facilities. The first phase of the Gorlaeus Building has been completed and is in use since 2016.

Facts and Figures

The Faculty of Science was established in 1815. In 2016 it was home to about 1250 Staff Members, of whom about 150 Full Professors, 140 Assistant & Associate Professors, 170 Postdocs, 421 PhD's and 335 Guest PhD's. The total number of students at the Faculty of Science is 3800, of whom about 2500 Bachelor's students and 1350 Master's students.

The total number of students increases gradually

We find it important our students are successful and graduate nominally. The percentage of Bachelor's students who graduated nominally in the class off 2015/2016 is 52%.  For Master's students that percentage is 43%.  In 2015-2016, 448 students have graduated for their Propedeuse within one year, of whom 104 students Cum Laude and 6 Students Summa Cum Laude.


Research and education is being conducted at 8 institutes. The institutes are Mathematical Institute (MI), Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden ObservatoryLeiden Institute of Physics (LION), Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC), Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR), Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL), Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML). 

Faculty Board
The Faculty Board is responsible for the general management of the Faculty, as well as the administration and organization of the Faculty's teaching and research. The Faculty Board is supported by the Faculty Office.

  • The Dean is responsible for General Management, Human Resources Management (chair positions), Library Policy and Research Policy and is the head of the Graduate School. Prof.dr. Geert de Snoo is the Dean of the Faculty of Science.
  • The Director of Education Prof.dr. Han de Winde. He is also the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science.
  • Drs. Dirkje Schinkelshoek is the Director of Operational Management.
  • The Assessor is concerned with student issues. Bernice Dekker is the assessor.
Han de Winde, Dirkje Schinkelshoek, Bernice Dekker and Geert de Snoo


Interdisciplinary teams of scientists work together with partners from the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Delft University of Technology as well as partners from industry and governmental agencies. The location of Leiden Science, in the middle of one of Europe‚Äôs most successful Bioscience Parks, enables close collaboration with life science companies.