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Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Communication

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Communication is a specialisation of the Master’s programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The programme has a duration of two years (120 EC) and includes a research subprogramme (60—80 EC) and a communication programme (40—60 EC).
The research subprogramme includes the following components:

  • A research project to be conducted at a Division or in a Discipline of the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) (50 EC)
  • Two lecture series of BPS (4 EC each), to be chosen from the ones listed below.
  • Course Scientific Conduct ( 1 EC)
  • Attending 20 lectures and colloquia of BPS Master’s students
  • Optional: extension of the BPS research subprogramme by attending additional lecture series of BPS or other courses in life sciences or medicine (0—20 EC)

The communication subprogramme includes the following mandatory and optional components:

  • Science Communication & Society Fundamentals (17 EC)
  • Internship (23—34 EC)


  • Master’s thesis (5 EC)
  • Research to prepare the Master’s thesis (4 EC)
  • Courses to be chosen in the context of the SCS programme (0—8 EC)
  • Extension of the BPS research subprogramme (0—20 EC)

For more information log on to the web site of Science Communication & Society.

First and Second Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Research project 1 at one of the Divisions of the LACDR

Research Project 1 - Practical Work (SCS, SBB, EDU and QP specialisations of BPS) 43
Research Project 1 - Thesis 5
Research Project 1 - Oral Presentation 2

The MSc programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences offers the following lecture series in the academic year 2014–2015:

Regulation of Drug Safety 4
Atherosclerosis 4
Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry 4
Metabolic disorders: From molecular mechanisms to Metabolomics and back 4
Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Death (formerly Molecular Mechanisms of Apoptosis) 4
Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Modeling 4
Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development 4
Drug Delivery 4
Cell adhesion signaling in health and disease 4

Mandatory course in the academic year 2014–2015:

Scientific Conduct 1

Optional courses in the academic year 2014–2015:

IP Law in Science 5
Science Methodology 4
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6

Lecture Series Cancelled for 2014-2015

Blood-Brain Barrier: Drug Transport to the Brain 4

More info

The MSc programme BPS and Communication concerns science communication in a broad sense. The programme prepares students for a career in popularisation of science (especially BPS), for example, as a scientific writer or a public relations officer. The programme includes a 60–80 EC BPS programme. Students with an MSc in BPS and Communication are also admissible to a PhD programme.