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Orientation on Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology


Admission requirements

This course is for MSc students in Biology.


Coordinator: Dr. D. Claessen


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.

Learning goals

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 provide students with up-to-date knowledge on the state of the art in these 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.

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.


From 31 August 2020 to 25 September 2020. Programme details will be announced via Brightspace.

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.

Inspection and feedback on the examination

Date: n.a.


Brightspace will be used for communication.

Reading list



Via Usis

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