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Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences


Admission requirements

First year Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences master students.


In this course students will get acquainted with the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS). The three major disciplines of the Research Divisions of the LACDR correspond to the BPS Research Specialisations Drug Discovery and Safety, division of Drug Discovery & Safety, BioTherapeutics, division of BioTherapeutics and Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology, division of Systems Biomedicine and Pharmcology. The Research Divisions will briefly introduce their research, giving the students an overview of the possibilities within the LACDR. Furthermore, the collaboration with the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) will be addressed. Next, the students will follow one of the three Division-specific parts of the course programme in the discipline that corresponds with their BPS Research Specialisation or their division of Research Project 1. During the course students will write their research proposal for their RP1.

Course objectives

  • The student will write a research proposal for his/her Research Project 1.

  • The student obtains knowledge about research topics of the division of his/her specialisation

  • The student is familiar with the research conducted at and possibilities within the LACDR and CHDR

  • The student will participate in a symposium.


The course starts in September 2020 and February 2021 (shorter version). The exact timetable will be presented on Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, computer exercises, writing of a research project proposal, presentations and discussions.

Assessment method

Written research project proposal (50%, minimum of a 6), written exam (50%, minimum of a 5,5).

Attending safety training is mandatory and the safety exam (pass/no pass) has to be passed.

Reading list

Will be announced during the lectures.


Application via uSis.


Coordinator: Emily Ouwehand MA, study adviser BPS (


The lectures will be partially online and on campus.

This information is without prejudice. Alterations can be made for next year

Please note that if you started your master programme before September 2018, you need to pass the Introduction Course of 5 ECTS, the course Scientific Conduct (1 ECTS) and the course Lectures and Colloquia (1 ECTS). For information on these courses, look at the e-study guide 2017-2018.