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.
Students should check the
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).
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
Prospectus (search by name) for Leiden University courses or in the appropriate study guide for other universities. Note that following courses from other programmes may require prior permission from the programme coordinator of the host institute. Components at other universities also require registration as a guest student.
Drug Discovery and other Bio-Pharmaceutical courses
Atherosclerosis (4 EC)
Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry for Metabolomics (4 EC)
Regulation of Drug Safety (4 EC)
Blood-Brain Barrier: Drug Transport to the Brain (4 EC)
Biophysics and Bioengineering for Pharmaceutical Sciences (4 EC)
Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development (4 EC)
Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry (4 EC)
Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer (4 EC)
For all components of the MSc Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (
Prospectus link), request permission to join the course from the course's coordinator (can be found in the Prospectus). Schedules can be found in the Blackboard course 'MSc Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences' (self-enrol to gain access). Scheduling conflicts may occur, as the MSc BPS mostly follows a block schedule instead of a period schedule. Contact the programme study adviser Amber Ouweneel via studyadvisorBPS@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl for general questions.
Other courses at the Science Faculty and LUMC in Leiden
Biogeochemistry of System Earth (3 EC)
Image Analysis with Applications in Microscopy (6 EC)
Mechanisms of Disease (6 EC)
Pharmaceuticals from Plants (4 EC)
Computational Molecular Biology (6 EC)
Molecular Design: Biotechnology-oriented Engineering of Life (12 EC)
Biology of vitality and ageing (10-12 EC)
Chemical Engineering and Life Science Technology at TU Delft, see their
LM3311 Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology (3 EC)
SET3085 Hydrogen Technology (4 EC)
CS4329 Recent topics in bioinformatics (5 EC)
(6 EC) LM3601 Molecular Biotechnology & Genomics (6 EC)
LM3701 Advanced Enzymology (6 EC)
LM3731 Advanced Biocatalysis (6 EC)
LM3434 Advanced Protein Chemistry and Analysis (6 EC)
LM3581 Systems Biology (3 EC)
AP3691 Evolution and Engineering of Living Systems (6 EC)
Courses on business, society and improving skills
SCS Science Journalism (3 EC)
SCS Scientific Narration & Visualization (4 EC)
Fundamentals of Modelling and Data Analysis (6 EC)
Academic and Professional Skills (Science) (3 EC)
IP Law in Science (5 EC)
Project Management for Scientists (3 EC)
Research Fundamentals (4 EC)
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives (6 EC)
Data analytics and visualization (5 EC) at TU Delft, see their
study guide Intellectual Property Law (5 EC) at TU Delft, see their
study guide Business studies courses as electives, see the
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
Note that courses at the LUMC and other medical faculties require prior permission from the Board of Examiners (see below).
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 research project 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