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Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences


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.


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 & Target Discovery, division of Drug Discovery & Safety, BioTherapeutics, division of BioTherapeutics and Systems 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.


Emily Ouwehand MA, study adviser BPS (

Admission requirements

First year Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences master students.

Mode of instruction

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

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


For students starting between February 2nd 2018 and September 1st 2018: First few weeks of September 2018. For students starting from September 2nd 2018 until February 1st 2019: First few weeks of February 2019. The exact timetable will be presented on Blackboard. For students starting after February 1st 2019: please consult the studyadvisor:


Application via uSis