Year 1: Biology
The Biology component consists of the following:
The Biology component can be extended with an additional 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project to 80 EC in total). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC. Theoretical components should be minimally at level 400. The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.
Study and Career Orientation
Education Office Biology
During the master several meetings and activities concerning Study and Career Orientation will be organized in collaboration with the Science Career Service. Through lectures, information meetings, individual and / or group assignments, students are encouraged to plan a future professional career.
Study and Career Orientation aims to get students to think about his or her choices during the masters degree in biology and to encourage students to plan their future career. Topics covered include:
Thinking about your own career wishes and potentials;
Orientating yourself in the job market and examining job opportunities for biologists;
Developing your skills such as writing your CV, writing a job application letter and presenting yourself;
Being aware that a social/professional network can help you;
Preparing yourself for interviews and application procedures including psychological tests and assessments.
After having followed this course, a student can, on the basis of their personal profile and individual and group orientation, make a motivated choice for a future career.
Various meetings and activities per year. The timetable can be found under ‘files’
More information about Study and Career Orientation can be found on Blackboard ‘Teaching programme BSc and MSc Biology’ / Master
The specialisation Business Studies is for MSc students in the sciences and biomedicine who are interested in industry. The objective of the specialisation is to teach students basic analytical frameworks and skills to analyse business-related problems and to contribute to managerial decision making, either within the context of established knowledge-intensive organisations or within the context of new technology ventures.
The MSc programme in combination with the Business Studies specialisation consists of two components:
The Biology component consist of a research project of 36 EC and 24 EC of advanced theory (courses and lectures). The Biology component can be extended with an additional 20 EC (courses or extension of the research project)). The research project has to take place in one of the research groups of the IBL, CML or Naturalis, other Institutes of the Faculty of Sciences or LUMC.
A “Fish specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) or a “Bird specific animal experimentation course (2 EC) is obligatory in case of a research project that involves handling or experimental use of fish species or birds species.
Theoretical components should be minimally at level 400. The individual study programme consisting of choices of courses and the research project must have prior approval by the Board of Examiners through approval of the individual study plan of a student and approval of the research agreement.
The Business component comprises at least 40 EC. Students will follow the management track. An additional maximum of 20 EC can be chosen from the Business electives, or from the MSc programme of choice. The choice of courses and electives should be made in consultation with a study adviser, or specialisation coordinator.
Approval of program
All master students have to submit a master study program, consisting of choices of courses and one or two research projects, to the studyadvisor. Through the submission of this study program, the Board of Examiners determines whether the individual study program can be approved.
Students with prior education in management, business and entrepreneurship may – depending on the contents and extent of said education – be exempted from following (parts of) one or more of the courses. These courses need to be substituted such that their master programme contains at least 40 EC of Business courses fitting in the context of business. Decisions on exemptions and substitutions are taken by the Board of Examiners.