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Orientation on Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology


Admission requirements

This course is for MSc students in Biology.


Leiden researchers active in the field of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology will provide an overview of the exciting research projects performed in their groups, and will highlight the outstanding scientific research questions. This will help the students to make an educated decision for a research project as part of their MSc program.Students will also be introduced to companies at the Leiden Bioscience Park, which can also serve as hosts for internships.

Course objectives

  • To provide students with a good insight into the various research topics of the groups active in the field of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

  • To provide students with the basic concepts and the key scientific questions covered by those research fields

  • To facilitate the choice for a first MSc research project, and to enable the planning of a concept program for the 2-years MSc specialisation.

  • To get familiar with the Leiden Bioscience Park

Final qualifications:
A starting MSc student has an overview of research fields, basic scientific concepts, key scientific questions, research topics, and research methods connected with the Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology specialisation. This will allow him/her to make well-informed choices for establishing his/her concept MSc study program and arranging his/her first research project.


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. Please 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


Assessment method

Written motivation about the student’s research interest based on the lectures.

The students will receive a pass upon (active) participation in the lectures and after having handed in their written motivation for an internship project.

Reading list



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's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Coordinator: Prof. Dr. D. Claessen


The information about this subject is subject to change for 2022-2023.