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Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences



In this course students will get acquainted with the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) and the master Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS). The three major disciplines of the Research Clusters of the LACDR correspond to the BPS Research Specialisations Drug & Target Discovery, BioTherapeutics, and Systems Pharmacology. The Research Clusters 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 Cluster-specific parts of the course programme in the discipline that corresponds with their BPS Research Specialisation or ‘Research Project 1’ :


The study advisor:

Admission requirements

First year Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences master students.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, computer exercises, writing of a project proposal, presentations and discussions. The course will be taught in English.

Reading list

Will be announced during the lectures.

Course objectives

  • The student will write a project proposal

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

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

  • The student will compose and present a scientific poster

Assessment method

Written project proposal (50%), written exam (50%). Attending safety training is mandatory.


For students starting between March 1st 2016 and September 1st 2017: this course is tought in September, the exact schedule will be presented on Blackboard. For students starting from October 1st 2017 until February 1st 2018: parts of the course are tought in February and the rest will be tought in September. Please consult the studyadviser: if you want to attend the course in February.


Application via uSis