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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. Industrial biotechnology uses biological systems for the production of, among others, antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, anti-tumor agents, anti-clotting factors, antibodies, but also food additives and biofuels. This minor provides a comprehensive overview of the fascinating field of modern biotechnology. The discovery, exploitation and commercialization of some of our best natural products will be discussed including legal aspects of patenting. The students will familiarize themselves with the biotechnology-oriented research that is carried out at our University and in the Leiden Bioscience Park. In the minor, students will bring their theoretical background into practice in a course by writing an extensive project proposal in which a biotechnology-oriented problem is solved using modern genetic engineering approaches. This minor provides a sound basis for students aiming for a future in 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 6 September 2021 –4 February 2022

  • 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 1 until April 15 in uSis. You have to register in uSis by entering the class number (‘studieactiviteit nummer’):

  • For the whole minor (30 EC): 1055

NB: Registration in usis does not directly mean that you can participate in the minor. You will receive and email that confirms your registration and placement

Students of TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam:
Registration possible from April 1 until April 15 via the registration system of TU Delft or Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Other students:
Students from other universities can register until April 15 by sending an e-mail including motivation letter, CV, transcript and letter with permission from your own University to Education Office Biology