Faculty of Science
Education programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics and Statistical Science, Computer Science and Data Science, Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science to Biology and Environmental Sciences.
The Faculty of Science offers eight Dutch-taught bachelor's programmes; Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology, Computer Science (including the specialisations Bioinformatics and Computer Science & Economics), Molecular Science & Technology, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics.
We offer one Master of Science programme in Dutch, Farmacie, and twelve English-taught Master of Science programmes; Astronomy, Biology, Bio Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, ICT in Business and the Public Sector, Industrial Ecology, Life Science & Technology, Mathematics, Media Technology, Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Sciences, Physics.
Inspired by the fundamental fascination with the unknown, the smallest particle, the youngest planet and the oldest galaxy, the Graduate School of Science provides meaningful, rigorous and high-quality Master's and PhD Programmes.
Education takes place in a personalised environment with a cutting edge research infrastructure and internationally renowned supervisors. MSc students are taken up as members of research institutes. This provides an ideal environment for our philosophy that you can best learn science by doing science together with fellow junior and senior scientists.
Array of disciplines
Students can expand their intellectual horizons while deepening their expertise in an array of disciplines. They can learn about the fundamentals of science in a compelling and challenging environment, learn techniques to manipulate genes and their expression to allow for an unprecedented degree of control over biological processes, yielding new insights into the working mechanisms of cells, organs and organisms. These disciplinary and interdisciplinary challenges provide a unique learning and research environment for our graduate programmes.
Courses and working classes concern small groups, while the students are in one-to-one contact with a staff member during their research periods. Graduate stydies are far from solitary and monastic, but rather social and collegial.
An appreciable number of master and PhD students from abroad create an international academic environment. Moreover the same applies to the scientific staff and the post-doctorate fellows. English is the language of the courses, the colloquia, the scientific meetings and the daily conversations in the research groups. Furthermore, there are opportunities for students to follow a part of their studies abroad.
Preparing for the job market
Many graduates consider their years of education at Leiden Science to be some of the most fulfilling years of their professional lives. MSc and PhD alumni go on to hold positions in the front ranks of research and teaching, policy and administration across the world.