The master’s programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) aims to train students in the research area of bio-pharmaceutical sciences and drug research in such a way that the graduated master’s students (MSc’s) have enough knowledge and hands-on experience to be able to work independently as a scientific researcher. An MSc in any of the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences specialisations should be able to obtain a PhD position in Life Sciences or Biomedical Sciences.
The education aims at:
- obtaining a deeper insight in two or three areas of drug research;
- obtaining skills to perform scientific research in one or two areas of drug research, using relevant methods and techniques, and stimulating a critical attitude towards the interpretation of data of scientific research;
- obtaining an attitude in order to function well in a team, based on the idea that research in the life sciences tends to be performed in multidisciplinary teams;
- obtaining skills to present the results of scientific research by written reports and by oral presentations.
The master’s programme BPS may start anytime, although non-Dutch students are advised to start in September or February when they need visa or help with housing (see for more information www.mastersinleiden.nl). The programme has a duration of two years (120 EC).
The programme of all specializations consists of an introduction course, at least one major research project, at least one lecture series, 20 colloquium points, scientific conduct and optional courses. Depending on the chosen specialisation other mandatory and optional courses apply as described on the corresponding page of the E-prospectus. MSc students with deficiencies in their previous training may repair these with optional courses (conditions may apply). The programme will be tailor made for each student individually.
The general outline of the programme of the three Research Specialisations of the Master’s programme BPS is indicated in the table below. The other specialisations generally start with the research component, more details can be found on the e-guide pages of each specialisation.
Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research project 1, in the chosen specialisation
* practical work
* oral presentation
Research project 2, (preferably in another discipline of BPS, not restricted to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
* practical work
Literature study plus thesis
Lecture series 1 (in BPS)
Course Scientific Conduct
20 Colloquium points
Optional courses or traineeships
(max 12 EC