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Bachelor Research Project Biology


Admission requirements

All bachelor students are obliged to do their bachelor research project as the final part in the second semester of their third year. Students may deviate from this in consultation with the internship coordinator and by sending a motivated request.

-Visit the internship market for orientation and internship possibilities.
-Read the BSc research project booklet (BrightSpace>Opleiding Biologie>’BSc research project ’)

Prior to the start a research project agreement form must be filled out in ProjectMAP together with the supervisor, and approved by the Internship coordinator. ProjectMAP is the online administration tool for IBL research projects (agreements, evaluations and assessments).

-Go to and log in with your ULCN account. You could also log in via BrightSpace (BrightSpace>Opleiding Biologie>’BSc research project’)
-Go to ‘Aanvragen’ and click on the tab BSc research project.


The bachelor research project is the first acquaintance of students with independently designing and performing scientific research. All aspects of scientific research, from reading relevant literature and formulating a research question until the reporting and presenting of the results will be addressed. During the research project, the student is a member of a research group and participates in the common scientific activities of the research group (such as work discussions) and lectures in the host institute (for instance IBL spotlight seminars). The bachelor research project will be done in pairs.
The skills required for the Research Project, such as formulating a research idea, experimental design, statistics, data analysis and report writing are taught in General Research Skills (GRS). GRS is taught parallel to the research project and the topics attended to in GRS keep pace with the timing of the research project.
The bachelor research project is carried out in general at one of the biological institutes of the University of Leiden (IBL, CML, Naturalis). Students with a molecular oriented study program are also allowed to do a research project at the LUMC. Research projects at the Hortus or at other institutes of the Faculty of Science are allowed as well. External research projects e.g. in companies, other organisations or abroad need to be approved by the Board of Examiners.
Research projects at IBL/CML/Naturalis are carried out by students in pairs. External research projects can be carried out individually.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student has been able to:
1. Acquire in-depth knowledge about a current research project, concepts and approaches in a particular biological research area.
2. Carry out relevant literature research
3. Use relevant methods and techniques to conduct experiments.
4. Formulate a research question and hypothesis.
5. Design and implement a research study under supervision.
6. Critically evaluate the results of scientific publications.
7. Actively report and present research results to a scientific audience.


You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudymap will automatically be displayed in MyTimetable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable. Pleas note: Joint Degree students Leiden/Delft have to merge their two different timetables into one. This video explains how to do this.

Mode of Instruction

During the research project, the student is a member of a research group and participates in the common scientific activities of the research group (such as work discussions) and lectures in the host institute (for instance IBL spotlight seminars). Consultation and feedback (daily supervisor at least once a week; responsible supervisor at least once a month).

Assessment method

Research Proposal 10 %
Practical work 50 %
Report* 10 %
Literature review* 10 %
2e Examinator verslag 10 %
Presentation 10 %

Reading list

BSc research project booklet (BrightSpace>Opleiding Biologie>BSc research project ).
The website of the IBL, CML, Naturalis, Hortus and the webtool of Harald van Mil.

On Brightspace in ‘Opleiding Biologie > ‘Bachelor research Project’, the Bachelor research project booklet can be found.


Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for more information on how to apply.

26 February 2023 – 7 July 2023, fulltime.
If you would like to deviate from this period, please contact the Education Office via

From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudymap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.
Extensive FAQ on MyStudymap can be found here.


Contact the internship coordinator via


On Brightspace in ‘Opleiding Biologie’ > ‘Bachelor yr 3’ > ‘Bachelor Research Projects’.