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Advanced Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology


Admission requirements

This course is intended for MSc students in the MSc specializations offered by the Institute of Biology with experience in genetics, molecular biology and microbiology.


Lecture series about some of the most field-changing techniques in genetics and molecular biology, which have shaped the biotechnology sector. Lectures will be given by academic and industrial players active in the biotechnology field.

Course objectives

  • Students will learn modern, state-of-the-art methodologies used in the field of biotechnology, with a special focus on genetics

  • Students will be able to implement state-of-the-art methodologies to find solutions for biotechnology-related problems

Final qualifications:
Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge for tackling biotechnology-related problems


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

Lectures, self-study of papers.

Assessment method

Written exam based on the lectures and a selection of key papers on topics discussed during the lectures.
Exam: minimum 5.6

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.


Coordinators: Dr. S. de Pater


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

Inspection and feedback on the examination
Date: March 2022; a date will be set in consultation with the students