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Advanced Life Science & Technology


The field ‘Life Science & Technology’ focuses on the living cell, the smallest unit of life: how is it built, how does it function and how may it be used? An interdisciplinary approach based on the knowledge natural laws apply to living cells, is required in order to understand, to interpret and to make use of processes operating in living cells. The following subjects are therefore addressed: (bio)chemistry, cellular biology, molecular genetics, physics, mathematics, (bio)informatics and pharmacology.
The minor programme Advanced LST teaches deepening of knowledge and understanding in the areas of biochemistry, molecular cellular biology and biotechnology. Moreover, it broadens the knowledge of the field by an introduction into biophysics and bio informatics applied to genome data sets analysis. Also, the important role of model organisms in nowadays biology research and the application of biotechnology in industry will be addressed. Teaching is at two universities: University Leiden and Technical University Delft. The minor programme is characterized by a defiant range of teaching methods and testing. Specialists from the research field and industry, from the Netherlands and abroad contribute substantially.
The programme is meant for senior bachelor students with a background in Life Science & Technology, Molecular Science & Technology, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Biology or comparable academic programmes with sufficient basic knowledge in the areas of molecular biology and biotechnology.
Language of instruction
Dutch and/or English. All classes will be taught in English when international students attend.

Important notice

All students not enrolled in either one of the bachelor programmes LST or MST, should register as ‘bijvakstudent’ at Leiden University and/or TU Delft. This prerequisite is needed in order to get access to Blackboard environments of both universities. Exchange students are excluded from this prerequisite.
Exchange students can only enrol in subjects of their host university. Subjects taught at Leiden University are: Molecular defects in human diseases, Molecular cell signalling, Biochemistry 3 and Molecular biophysics. Subjects taught at TU Delft are: Genome scale data analysis, Industrial biotechnology and Applications of model organisms in modern biology research.
Each subject/class is also open for enrolment separately e.g. as part of a free minor programme or as ‘keuzevak’.


Registration for the minor Advanced LST, via Usis from 1 May 2013 onwards. The minor is to be found in Usis under the tab ‘aanmelden cursussen’.

Information and Contact

Detailed information and a schedule can be found at the course ‘Minor Advanced LS&T’ on Blackboard-Leiden.
Coordinator: Dr. W.R.M. Schlaman, programme coordinator bachelor LST