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Life Science and Technology

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry organises two MSc programmes: MSc Life Science & Technology and MSc Chemistry

The Master’s programme Life Science and Technology consists of the following specialisations:

  • Life Science Research and Development

  • Life Science and Education

  • Life Science and Communication and Society

  • Life Science-Based Business Development

Details about their programmes and organisation can be found at:
MSc Programmes at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry

For our current research activities visit: Leiden Institute of Chemistry

For the course schedule visit: MSc schedule Chemistry and Life Science and Technology

Programme structure

MSc Life Science and Technology

All master students must follow a basic theoretical training comprising of at least

  • Academic writing 2 EC

  • Science Methodology 4 EC

  • Core courses 24 EC in one of the two research areas of the institute

Futhermore, all students must take the compuslory co-curricular component "WORK!" for career orientation.

Additional training within the specialisations:

Life Science Research and Development

The research specialisation offers the student the opportunity to spend two full years on training and specialisation to become an independent and creative researcher.

  • Essay & Colloquium 6 EC

  • Research training projects 60-80 EC

  • Electives 24-4 EC

Life Science and Business Studies

The specialisation Life Science and Business Studies (BS) offers students the possibility to combine Life Science with knowledge, insights and skills in the area of Management, Business and Entrepreneurship.
Students are encouraged to broaden their horizon, to form an opinion on and prepare for a career in industry and to enhance competences for pursuing entrepreneurial business opportunities created in science and research.

  • Research Training Projects 30-50 EC

  • Business Studies Program 40 EC

  • Free Electives 20-0 EC

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Life Science and Science Communication and Society

The specialisation Life Science and Science Communication and Society (SCS) offers students the possibility to combine life sciences and science communication. Students are prepared for a career in popularisation of science or for a career as a scientist with a communicating mind-set.

  • Research training projects 30-50 EC

  • Science Communication and Society programme 40 EC

  • Electives 20-0 EC

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Life Science and Education

The specialisation Life Science and Education (EDU) prepares students for a career as chemistry (scheikunde) or biology (biologie) teacher qualified to teach in Dutch secondary education.

  • Research training project 30 EC

  • Education programme 60 EC

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Compulsory courses

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Academic writing (AWR) 2
Research training project 20/60
Science Methodology (SCM) 4

Life Science Research and Development (compulsory component)

Essay & Colloquium 6

Core courses MSc LST

The programme offers nine core courses organised in three course series: Biomedical, Molecular and Biophysical Sciences. Students have to choose at least one course form each of the three series.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Four core courses should be chosen: at least one from each series

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Informatics (BMI) 6
Chemical Immunology (CHI) 6
In-vivo biomolecular interactions underlying diseases (IBID) 6

Molecular Sciences

Chemical Biology (CB) 6
Metals and Life (MAL) 6
Molecular Chemistry (MC) 6

Biophysical Sciences

Enzyme dynamics: NMR spectroscopy and kinetics (EDNMR) 6
Biomaterials (BMAT) 6
Bionanotechnology (BNT) 6

Elective courses

  • Dependent on the chosen specialisation a number of elective courses can be selected from the MSc Chemistry and MSc Life Science and Technology programme.

  • For more information visit the programmes website

  • Students may choose core courses as elective courses.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Heterogeneous Catalysis (HET) 6
Spectroscopy (SP) 6
Supramolecular Chemistry (SUP) 6
Synthetic Organic Chemistry (SOC) 6
Genome organization and maintenance in cancer and aging (GCA) 6
Modern Quantum Chemistry (MQC) 6
Molecular Biology (MB) 6
Photochemistry (PC) 6
Reactivity in Organic Chemistry (ROC) 6
Chemistry and Physics of Solids (CPS) 6
Electrochemistry and Bioelectrochemistry (EBE) 6
Modern Organic Chemistry (MOC) 6
Molecular Aspects of RNA Viruses (MRV) 4
Organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis (MHC) 6
Stereochemistry (STC) 4
Integrated Cell Biology (ICB) 2
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry (AMC) 6
Bioinorganic Catalysis (BIOC) 6
Cross-domain chromatin organisation (CDC) 4
Density Functional Theory in Practice (DIP) 6
Molecules of Life (MOL) 6
Photosynthesis and Bioenergy (PBE) 6

Biennial courses given every odd year

Dynamics of Molecule-Surface Reactions (DST) 6
Scientific Computing and Programming (SC) 9

Biennial courses given every even year

Quantum Reaction Dynamics (QRD) 6
Solid State NMR (SSNMR) 6
Surface Science (SUS) 6
Theory of Spectroscopy and Molecular Properties (TSMP) 6