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Molecular Biotechnology

The global biotechnology industry enjoys more success and influence than ever before. Their innovations continue to improve the lives of people worldwide. The general principle of biotechnology is that it uses biological systems (microbes, animal/human cells, plant (cells) to produce, among others, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, anti-tumor agents, anti-clotting factors, antibodies and food, but also food additives and biofuels. This minor provides a comprehensive overview of the fascinating field of biotechnology. The discovery, exploitation and commercialization of some of our best natural products will be discussed including legal aspects of patenting. In addition, state of the art methods for directed genome editing and breeding will be discussed in light of crop and strain improvement or gene therapy. The students will familiarize themselves with the biotechnology-oriented research that is carried out at our University and in and around the Leiden Bioscience Park. In the minor, students will bring their theoretical background into practice by writing an extensive project proposal aimed at solving a biotechnology-oriented problem, and thinking about possibilities to create a start-up. This minor provides a sound basis for students interested in a future in the field of biotechnology.

General information

  • Size: 30 EC

It is possible to follow the complete minor for an accreditation of 30 EC.

  • Period:

30 EC: fulltime from 4 September 2023 –2 February 2024

  • Language: English

  • Number of participants: The minor has a minimum number of participants of 15 and a maximum capacity of 75 participants.

  • General information: Education Office Biology

Coordinator: Dr. A.F.J. Ram

  • The minor is provided by the Bachelor Biology


Admission criteria apply to this Minor (see Appendix of the Education and Exam regulation BSc Programmes (OER)).

The minor Molecular Biotechnology is a selection minor and only accessible to students with a solid background in molecular biology and genetics, e.g. students from Biology, Life Science and Technology, Molecular Science and Technology, Biomedical Sciences, Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nanobiology or similar. At the start of the selection procedure students must have passed all compulsory parts of their first-year programme and all compulsory parts of the first semester of their second-year programme.


Students of Leiden University

Registration possible from April 3, 13.00 until April 16th.

From 2023 onwards, you will no longer register for minors via uSis. Instead, you will use eduXchange. In March 2023 you will find a film on this page demonstrating how to use eduXchange.

Students of TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam

egistration possible from April 3, 13.00 until April 16th.

Other students:

Students from other universities can register until April 16 by sending an e-mail including a CV, transcript and letter with permission from your own University to Education Office Biology