The MSc in Biology in Leiden offers a wealth of opportunities for students who are interested in molecular biosciences or in evolution, biodiversity and conservation.The Biology Institute at Leiden University has a number of highly recognised research specialisations in evolution and molecular biology. The Institute of Environmental Sciences specialises in research in the area of conservation and sustainability.

The availability of extensive invaluable biodiversity collections at the National Herbarium of the Netherlands, the famous Hortus botanicus, and the popular National Museum of Natural History ‘Naturalis’ contribute to an excellent environment for biologists in Leiden. Biology in Leiden is part of the Faculty of Science, providing ample opportunities for crossing borders with other science areas. Furthermore, the close proximity of the Bio Science Park with its many companies active in the (bio)medical field and the collaborations with the Leiden University Medical Center expand the study possibilities enormously.

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

Non-Research Specialisations
• Biology and Education
• Biology and Science Communication and Society
• Biology and Science-Based Business

Reasons to Choose Biology in Leiden

  1. Central location at the Leiden Bioscience Park, easy to reach by bus or train.
  2. Unique combination of knowledge and expertise through close collaboration between four renowned research institutes, being: the Institute of Biology Leiden, the Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NBC, Leiden), the Institute for Environmental Sciences (CML, Leiden), and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO, Wageningen).
  3. Attractive set-up of the programme, starting with a fixed theoretical part, but with ample opportunity to assemble your own study path.
  4. Possibility to combine training in biological research with training in communication, education or science-based business.
  5. Many possibilities for interesting research projects (also abroad) and elective courses (see the e-Prospectus), by the embedding in the Faculty of Science and the connections with the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and with bioscience-based companies that are also located at the Leiden Bioscience Park.
  6. International and interdisciplinary research environment.
  7. Access to state of the art facilities, among which a lab for high throughput genotyping, the Nanopore Sequencing Lab, the Metabolomics Facility, the Cell Observatory, the Netherlands Centre of Electron Nanoscopy (NeCEN), the collections of the National Herbarium, Hortus and Naturalis, and an on campus “living lab” for ecotoxicology studies.

Master details

  • Graad Master of Science in Biology
  • Onderwijsvorm Full-time
  • Duur 2 years
  • Start September, February
  • Taal English (Education specialisation partly in Dutch)
  • Vestigingsplaats Leiden
  • Croho/isatcode 66860

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