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Biology: Microbial Biotechnology and Health

This is a specialisation of the Biology Master.
Coordinator: dhr. Dr. E. Vijgenboom, email: vijgenbo@chem.leidenuniv.nl

Website Instituut Biologie Leiden – Onderzoeksgroepen

For a description of the full programme read the more information button!
For the timetable and registration in usis and codes, see under files (bestanden)

This MSc specialisation will start on Monday 31 August, 2015 at the Sylvius Laboratory, with an information lecture.

Compulsory elements

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory elements:

Orientation on Microbial Biotechnology and Health 3
Advanced Statistics 3
Genomic Architecture 6
Global Regulatory Networks in Bacteria (GRNB) 6
Book exam 3
Research Project Min. 60

At least 9 EC by following an additional specialisation course or approved electives, see Tab 'Electives'

Biology Electives

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Specialisation courses of the other Biology Master Specialisations:

Conservation Biology 6
Development and Evolution 6
Mechanisms of Disease 6
Metabolomics 6
Methods in Biodiversity Analysis 6
The Immune system of plants 6

Approved Electives:

Advanced Academic Skills Elite Course 6
Animal Cognition 6
Biodiversity and Conservation (seminar) 4
Economic Botany 4
Plant Families of the Tropics 5
Top Lectures Basic 1
Top Lectures Elite 3
Tropical Biodiversity and Field Methods (South East Asia / Caribbean) 6
Practical Assistance 2-10

Other Electives

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Other approved electives 1-6

Electives Faculty of Science

Science Methodology 4
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6

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Programme (120 EC)
The MSc specialisation consists of:

  • a theoretical part (30-60 EC)
  • one or more research projects (60-90 EC).

The programme includes several compulsory components, mostly at the start and the end of the programme, and can be expanded with a wide choice of elective elements. The mandatory components in the 1st semester aim to provide students with the theoretical and practical background needed for an efficient start of the Research Project at the end of this semester. The Research Projects are the actual core of the MSc programme. Students will be member of a research group of their choice and work full time on a specific project. Each project will be finished with an MSc thesis written in the form of a manuscript for an international scientific journal. At least one but preferably two Research Projects are part of the study programme.
The Specialisation Research Project has to be done within the theme of the specialisation at the Institute Biology Leiden, at other departments of the Faculty of Science or at the Leiden University Medical Center. All Research Projects require prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.

Compulsory components:
The compulsory theoretical components consist of at least 30 EC, and the minimum time to be spent on research projects is 60 EC. The specialisation Research Project should be minimally 36 EC, and a second Research Project should be at least 30 EC.

Electives/Optional elements:
The optional part of the programme can consist of either additional courses or lectures, or an extension of the duration of a research project. A list of approved elective courses is available on the e-guide. For courses outside the LU biology programme and for all research projects, prior approval of the Board of Examiners is required. Note: maximally 12 EC of optional theoretical elements of level < 400 are permitted and max 15 EC non-biology courses.

Approval of programme
The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and one or two research projects must have prior approval of the Board of Examiners

Short description of the Courses
The Microbial Biotechnology study programme comprises several compulsory courses. The course Orientation on Microbial Biotechnology provides a state of the art overview of the scientific research and research methods used in the departments participating in this MSc specialisation taken from presentations by group leaders and PhD students. The course “Genomic Architecture” aims at training students to become “genome-enabled” biologists by giving an overview of the structure, function and evolution of genomes. Together with the Advanced Statistics course, and the specialisation course Global Regulatory Networks in Bacteria, this will prepare the students theoretically for their training in scientific research during the Research Project(s).
At the beginning of the second semester (in year 1 or 2) students prepare individually from an advanced text book for a specialised examination. Available book titles are provided in the electronic study guide (e-prospectus). A variety of additional courses from other MSc specialisations in Biology and from other Msc programmes at the Faculty of Science and LUMC can be chosen as electives. For details (description, literature, exam dates and further calendar events) about the different courses see the e-prospectus and Blackboard.