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Other approved electives


All courses that are compulsory in a specific specialisation can be followed as electives in all other specialisations.
Below you will find a list of courses from biology related Institutes (Faculty of Science or LUMC) which are approved by the Board of Examiners and can be followed as electives. These courses are approved for the master specialisations Animal Sciences and Health, Plant Sciences and Natural Products and Microbial Biotechnology and Health. NB: For the master specialisation Evolution, Biodiversity and Conservation only the courses Evolutionary Algorithms and Advances in data mining are approved.

For specific information about registration and schedules you can contact the course coordinator that is mentioned in the course description, see e-Prospectus of the MSc specialisation organizing the course.

You are free to look for other elective courses that are not in this list from other master specialisations in the e-Prospectus. Make sure you check whether the course is registered as ‘Optional course’. For these courses you have to ask for permission from the Board of Examiners before the start of the course. You can do this via a petition request in USIS and an email to the study advisor.

Admission requirements

Succesfully finished the Orientation course, and established a concept MSc programme approved by the Board of Examiners. For admission requirements for the specific courses, please look at the course description of that course.


Courses organized by other MSc specialisations in the Faculty of Sciences or in the LUMC that have been approved by the Board of Examiners for Biology master students. For more information about these courses, see e-Prospectus of the MSc specialisation organizing the course.

Faculty of Science

Biopharmaceutical Sciences

  • Atherosclerosis (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Cell adhesion signaling in health and disease (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Drug Delivery (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Metabolic disorders: From molecular mechanisms to Metabolomics and back (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Quantitative Pharmacology (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Regulation of Drug Safety (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer (adapted from Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Death) (level 500, 4 EC)

Computer Science

  • Advances in Data Mining (level 500, 6EC)

  • Bio-modeling and Petri Nets (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Computational Molecular Biology (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Evolutionary Algorithms (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Image Analysis in Microscopy (level 500, 6 EC)

Life Science and Technology

  • In-vivo biomolecular interactions underlying diseases (level 500, 6 EC)


Biomedical Sciences

  • Advanced Functional Neuroanatomy (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Advances in Neurophysiology (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Allogeneic Transplantation and Immunotherapy: From Bench to Bedside (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Biological Mechanisms of Ageing and Development (level 500, 6EC)

  • Biomedical Translational Research in Surgery (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Clinical Pharmacology (level 500, 4 EC)

  • Clinical Proteomics and Metabolomics (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Depression and other Stress Related Disorders (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Developmental Cardiovascular Biology (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Fact or Fiction: the human factor (level 400, 1 EC)

  • Finding new causes of thrombosis: the clinical-epidemiological approach. From idea to publication (level 500, 6 EC)

  • From genetic disease to functional genomics (level 500, 4 EC)

  • From signal transduction to targeted therapy (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Imaging in Neurosciences and Cardiovascular Research (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Molecular Virology of RNA Viruses (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Pathogen Host Interactions (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Regulation of the Immune Response in Human Disease (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Stem Cells (level 500, 6 EC)

  • The Pathophysiology of Coagulation (level 500, 6 EC)

  • Translational Neurogenetics (level 500, 4 EC)