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Graduate School of Science

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences

PhD candidates carry out a programme of independent research and additional limited) course work, culminating in production of a PhD thesis in typically 4 years.

A detailed description of the research projects can be found on the website of the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR).

Specific requirements

Specific requirements of the PhD programme depend on the specialisation chosen and are determined in agreement with the supervisor of the thesis. The PhD candidates actively participate in national and international meetings as a part of their training. The ULLA consortium organizes biannually a summer school in one of the five participating institutes. The PhD thesis is written in English, the language commonly used in the research groups.

MSc Degree

An MSc degree is required for admission to the PhD programme. If appropriate, the PhD project will be a continuation of an MSc research project. Every year, the Center for Pharmaceutical Research has paid positions available for PhD students, that are filled on a merit basis.


A paid position includes limited assistance in undergraduate teaching. It may also be possible to enter the PhD programme with self-obtained grants. Grants must provide for costs of living and for a bench fee.

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