Animal Sciences and Health

As of September 2017, the current Biology specialisations will be reorganised into the following four (more discipline-oriented) specialisations:

  • Biodiversity and Sustainability
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • From Cells to Organisms
  • Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology

Students starting per February 2017 should enroll still in the current specialisations and will follow the full two year program as presented on this website and in the e prospectus.

The master’s specialisation Animal Sciences and Health offers a research-oriented education in animal biology with a strong focus on the generation of fundamental scientific knowledge that can lead to the improvement of human health.

Important aspects of animal development and the interaction of animals with the environment can be studied at different often integrated levels ranging from the molecular, genetic and cellular levels to the organismal and population levels.

An important part of the master education is a research project, which can be chosen from a large variety of topics, including animal behaviour, embryonic development, evolution, cancer development, and defense against bacterial infections. Research questions can be tackled with a multidisciplinary approach, combining disciplines such as molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, microscopy, cell physiology, morphology and behavioural biology. Research approaches exploit recent genomic and technological advances, for example expanding genomic sequence information, genomics and proteomics technology and confocal laser scanning microscopy which enables the study of molecules in living cells and multicellular organisms in unprecedented detail. Different animal models can be studied, including the zebrafish as a model for animal behavior and human development and disease.

Reasons to Choose Biology in Leiden

  1. The MSc programme is a collaboration of the Institute of Biology Leiden, the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre and the Institute of Environmental Sciences giving the programme a very broad and diverse scope.
  2. The choice of courses and internships is further increased by the embedding in the Faculty of Science and the connections with the Leiden University Medical Centre and Bioscience-based companies that are also located in the Bioscience Park.
  3. All MSc specialisations combine a solid educational programme with the focus on hands-on research, providing a balanced training.
  4. Biology in Leiden offers an international academic environment and world-class research.
  5. In Leiden, you can combine training in biological research with training in communication, education or science-based business.

Master details

  • Dit is een afstudeerrichting van: Biology
  • Graad Master of Science in Biology
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 2 years
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60200

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