The elective component can be filled with a broad range of courses, an extension of the research training projects or an extension of the specialisation-specific components. The mentor may limit the choice in elective courses by the need to adapt the programme to the present knowledge of the student. This page details the options students have for their electives.

Electives for Chemistry and LST

Students should check the e-Prospectus  and schedule for many possible elective courses. Additional courses from the list of core courses can be used as electives, as well as core courses from the other programme (LST of Chemistry) and other specialisation for Chemistry (Chemical Biology or Energy & Sustainability). 

Other recommended electives

These electives are offered by other institutes within the Faculty of Science, at the LUMC or at TU Delft. They are often chosen by students in the Chemistry and LST programmes. You can find detailed information on these courses including their scheduling in the e-Prospectus (search by name).

  • ABI Advanced Bioinformatics (4 EC) (at TU Delft, see their study guide)
  • AP3222 Nanotechnology (6 EC) (at TU Delft, see their study guide)
  • BMPN Bio-modeling and Petri Nets (6 EC)
  • BMS Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry (4 EC)
  • BSE Biogeochemistry of System Earth (3 EC)
  • MMAV Image Analysis with Applications in Microscopy (6 EC)
  • BM Metabolic Network Analysis (6 EC)
  • PBR Proteomics in Biomedical Research (6 EC)    
  • SJ Science Journalism (3 EC)
  • STHC Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer (4 EC)  
Rules for electives

Students have a lot of freedom in choosing their electives. The rules for electives are specified in the appendix to the OER. The following courses are allowed:

  • the core courses within or outside their specialisation
  • any MSc courses offered in the Science Faculty of level 400 or higher
  • any level 400 course from the BSc MST and LST programmes provided that these were not part of the student’s earlier studies
  • any MSc courses offered at the Science Faculty any other Dutch university

In addition, these rules apply to filling the elective component:

  • an extension of the research training project component is limited to a maximum of 20 EC
  • an extension of the specialisation-specific components for BS and SCS is limited to a maximum 20 EC

The Board of Examiners will check the master's programme before graduation for unacceptable overlap. For example, students are not allowed to follow a very similar course on molecular biology in Leiden, Delft and Amsterdam. 

Please note that students are also allowed to include courses on academic skills (writing, communicating, presenting, ethics, business) as electives.

Other elective options than those stated above are also often possible, such as courses at a university abroad (for instance while the student is doing a minor internship there). These electives do require prior approval by the Board of Examiners. For such approval, students should send an email with their masterplan and a course description of the electives to excie_msc_chem_lst@lic.leidenuniv.nl