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Research Project 1 - Practical Work


Admission requirements

For master students of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences only. The student has succesfully completed the research proposal, and the mandatory safety training and exam of the “Introduction course BPS”.


Research Project 1 (RP1) is the core of the master Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences programme. It aims to train students to independently conduct scientific research in the area of the reseearch specialisation at one of the Divisions of the LACDR, LIC, CHDR, or at external research groups to which LACDR professors are affiliated. Guidelines for Research Project 1 are available in the Brightspace module ‘MSc Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences’.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, the student

  • has obtained in depth knowledge, understanding, and practical research experience in the core principles and recent developments in a subject area of drug research

  • is able to apply knowledge, insights, and skills to work independently as a drug researcher with a professional responsible academic attitude

  • is able to perform a literature search and select and interpret scientific literature

  • is able to apply his/her knowledge when designing and conducting experiments

  • has demonstrated competence in applied research methods in a subject area of drug research

  • is able to critically interpret and reflect on obtained results, and contribute new ideas

  • is able to function adequately in the research group, collaborate with other researchers, and contribute to scientific discussions


Research Project 1 is scheduled to start in October (semester 1, period 1) or February (semester 2, period 3). It takes 33 weeks of 40 hours a week, including 28 weeks for practical work, 3.5 weeks for writing the thesis, and 1.5 weeks for preparing and delivering the oral presentation ('colloquium').

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

Practical work, self study, discussions.

Assessment method

The level at which the student has reached the course objectives during the conduction of his/her Research Project 1 will be assessed based on the evaluation criteria as laid down in the Research Project 1 Assessment Form. The final grade is expressed using an integer between 1.0 and 10.0 and can be rounded off/up to a half integer, with the exception of the grade 5.5. The final grade should be ≥6.0 to successfully complete this course.

During Research Project 1, the progress of the student is evaluated approximately every 3 months (in week 12, 24 and 33). The (daily) supervisor is responsible for this evaluation process and is obliged to fill out the form in ProjectMAP and discuss the progress with the student. In case a student is graded "insufficient" for one or more of the evaluated parts of the Research Project 1 practical work in week 12 and/or 24, a plan of action is made with agreements on how to improve these parts in order to reach a sufficient level. Please note that in case the final grade of the Practical Work of Research Project 1 is (still) graded as "insufficient", the entire Research Project 1 will need to be conducted again, including the Thesis and the Oral Presentation, under supervision of a different daily supervisor and first examiner.

Reading list

During Research Project 1, the student is expected to get up-to-date with the relevant scientific literature in the subject area of drug research.


Before starting the Research Project 1 the student needs to complete the RP1 registration form in ProjectMAP to get approval from the supervisors and the programme office. A project description needs to be included. As part of the RP1 placement procedure, students from the bachelor BFW programme also need to send in an RP1 application form with a motivation letter expressing their interests in the specific areas of drug research.


For general information about the Research Project I, please contact the study advisor (


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