Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences


The Master’s Programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences is a research-oriented programme which covers almost the entire area of drug research. The programme offers flexibility and
tailoring to meet the student’s individual scientific interests and career aspirations. The programme is organized by the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research. The programme offers seven specialisations:

  • Three research specialisations, corresponding to the major research-themes within the LACDR:
    • BioTherapeutics
    • Drug & Target Discovery
    • Systems Pharmacology
  • Four non-research specialisations: Science Based Business, Science Communication and Society, Industrial Pharmacy, and Education.

The main focus in the programme is on training in research. Consequently, for all specialisations the programme’s first year requires all students to work on their major research project in one of the Divisions of the LACDR.

The research specialisations are considered to be default specialisations, for which 72 places are available. Students following the research specialisations continue their research training in the second year. Student’s opting for a non-research specialisation are admitted after the successful completion of their first year of the Master’s programme.

Industrial Pharmacy (dutch)
The specialization of Industrial Pharmacy is taught in Dutch, and only 2 positions are available. Prospective students aspiring for admission to Industrial Pharmacy have to go through a separate selection procedure after their successful completion of their first year of the Master’s programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. A high proficiency in the Dutch language is required.

Specialisation in Education (dutch)
The specialisation Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Education is preparing for Dutch education and teaching and taught in Dutch, hence a high profiency in Dutch is required.

All prospective students for the Master’s programme must apply for a specific research specialisation. In the applicants’ motivation letter, the preference for his/her specific research themes, and the corresponding division(s) of the LACDR, should be clearly specified.

Reasons to Choose Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in Leiden

  • The Master’s programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences is primarily focused on research within the entire area of drug research.
  • The programme is offered by the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development. Students participate actively in research projects of excellent quality.
  • In Leiden education in drug research at Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences can be combined with training in education, science communication, or science-based business. The examination programme is designed on an individual basis and offers a high degree of freedom of choice.
  • Students enrolled in the Master’s programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences work within a multinational environment and are able to operate on the international market.
  • Admission to the Master’s programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences is possible throughout the year. However, international students who require the application for visa or housing are strongly advised to start the programme in February or September.

Master details

  • Graad Master of Science in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 2 years
  • Start Flexible
  • Taal English (Education specialisation partly in Dutch)
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 60207

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