Wanted: Chemistry students with ambition!

For the fifth successive year, the NWO Domain Science organizes the Topsector Chemistry Student Competition, powered by the Topsector Chemistry. Student teams from universities and universities of applied sciences are invited to submit ideas for creative research projects, focusing on societal or industrial challenges.

Career College: Working in Consultancy (at the Faculty of Science)

Are you considering a job in consultancy or are you curious what it means to work as a consultant? Then this Career College could help you gain insight into the career opportunities related to consultancy.

Introduction MSc Chemistry and MSc Life Science and Technology Feb 2018

Dear students,

according to our administration you will start your MSc studies in Chemistry or Life Science & Technology per February 2018 (or you have started in November 2017). At the start of this new semester an introduction is organized in the morning of February 2, which is compulsory for all students who did not attend such introduction earlier.

International Student Dinner December 4th, 2017

On Monday the 4th of December the master committee of the masters Chemistry and Life Science & Technology organised the annual International Dinner in the lovely café in the New Gorlaeus Building.

Chemical Immunology schedule updates

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Chemical Immunology course changes have been made to the scheduling. Please consult the updated schedule calendar for further information about the new locations.

SCIENCE Buddy - Spring semester 2018

Are you ready to become a Science Buddy? The SCIENCE Buddy programme is offered to all new international students of the Faculty of Science, Leiden University.

Schedule updated for AWR course

The schedule for the course Academic Writing (AWR) has been updated and is now final. Note that many dates and locations have changed!

New lecturer Academic Writing Skills

Miriam Moester joined the LIC in November as lecturer Academic Writing Skills for the MSc students Chemistry & LST. She will teach the course AWR in the 2nd and 3rd period.

PhD position available at the ESRF - The European Synchrotron

Are you interested in working with an international team of researchers, with an experimental setup at the forefront of instrumental development? Join the ESRF, the European Synchrotron!

Career College: Working in Research

Are you considering a job in research but not sure which direction to take? Then this Career College could help you gain insight into the career opportunities related to research.

Student prizes awarded

During the opening of the 2017-2018 MSc Chemistry & LST programme on September 5th, student prizes were awarded to four students for exceptional performances during the 2016-2017 course year.

Dringend assistenten gezocht!

Er zijn nog enkele assistentenplaatsen beschikbaar bij het practicum Biochemie 1 (BFW).

Biochemie 1 is een ingekorte versie van het practicum Life Sciences (LST). Zowel BFW- als LST-studenten (en ex-studenten) kunnen solliciteren.

"Dream NEW" scholarship in New Zealand

"Dream NEW" scholarships present a unique opportunity to receive a scholarship to allow you to study at one of New Zealand’s highly-ranked, world class universities and tertiary institutions.

Vacancy: Student Assistant - International Office, Faculty of Science

Would you like to take on a job as a Student Assistant in the Faculty’s International Office and assist with several administrative tasks, international student events and social media? 
This might be an opportunity for you!

Contact information MSc programmes

For the VIPs of the MSc LST and Chemistry programmes a number of distinct mailboxes have been created. Please in all future correspondence use the mailboxes given below:

Absence Maxim Kuil

Due to illness Maxim is not able to reply to your messages. From now on, please use the address for all your questions. The Programme Directors will make sure that all urgent matters will be addressed as soon as possible.

Study Abroad

The number of outgoing students is growing fast!  Your students have also the opportunity to go abroad for courses, for a research project/part of thesis or for an internship at a company. We would like to invite them for the Faculty’s Study Abroad Session on Monday 27th of March, 4 pm lecture room C 1, Gorlaeus lab.   Two students who have been abroad during the first semester will also tell about their experiences.

Chemistry student and curious about your opportunities after graduation?

Chemistry student and curious about your opportunities after graduation?

Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition 2017

For the fourth successive year, the Top Sector Chemistry student competition is organized by NWO Domain Science, and powered by the Top Sector Chemistry. Student teams from universities and universities of applied sciences (HBO) are invited to submit ideas for creative research projects, focusing on societal or industrial challenges. The competition is open for chemistry students, but also for interdisciplinary teams with students in e.g.

Carbon Masterdag 2017 - 17 februari 2017 Utrecht

Tijdens de jaarlijkse Carbon Masterdag vind je alle informatie van de “moleculaire masters” in Nederland bij elkaar. Van elke opleiding zijn er 'ervaringsdeskundigen' aanwezig om al je vragen te beantwoorden. Ook is er een lezingenprogramma met onder andere informatie over studeren in het buitenland en wat te doen na de educatie-, communicatie-, management- of onderzoeksmaster.

Masteractivities - 2nd Semester

On February 16th the master programs Chemistry and Life Science and Technology organise several activities for their master students and the Erasmus students of the LIC.

Feel welcome to follow the entire program, but don't forget to register for a free lunch!

1) Program Evaluation II (DM1.15!)

At 11:00 we have an oral evaluation of block II in room DM1.15 where we discuss the students remarks and experiences on the courses.

2) Lunch lecture (Cell Observatory Lecture Room; LMUY 0.4.28)

PAC Symposium 2017 March 2 in Utrecht

The PAC-symposium is an annual chemistry symposium for students organized by students. The symposium is organized by Stichting PAC, formed every year with students from 4 different study associations: ACD, CDL, U.S.S. Proton and VCSVU.

Integrated Cell Biology: sessions 2017

In 2017 two sessions of ICB are specifically reserved for LIC PhD students & Postdocs.
The course “Integrated Cell Biology” will be held on the following days:

New course Cross-Domain Chromatin Organisation

On February 15, 2017 the new MSc course Cross-domain Chromatin Organisation will start.

In order to estimate the number of participants in the course, please enroll by January 15, 2017.

International PhD Program of the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg

The German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg is looking for PhD candidates. The brochure of their program can be downloaded below.

The application deadline is 5th January 2017 and more information and the online application system can be found at

Reedijk Symposium 2016: Guest lecturers: Prof. Martina Havenith & Prof. Sijbren Otto

On Friday the 28th of October the seventh annual Reedijk Symposium will be held. During this day lectures will be given by several of our colleagues and two external guest speakers: "Solvation Science - THz spectroscopy provides new answers to an old topic" by Prof. dr. Martina Havenith (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), and "Can we make life in the lab?" by Prof. dr. Sijbren Otto (RUG).

Best student prizes awarded

During the LIC Master's opening event on September 6th "Best student" prizes were awarded to four exceptional students: first of all Chemistry students Roy Pattipeiluhu and Jan-Paul Menzel, who were awarded best Chemistry and best Chemistry zij-instromer student prizes.

How to enroll for MSc courses

In the master programs Chemistry and Life Science and Technology you must enroll for the exam and there is no need to enroll for the course itself. Often there is Blackboard page associated with a course that contains additional information. You can already enroll yourself in the new courses using these pages: in Dutch or in English

VNCI Chemie beurzen / VNCI Chemistry Scholarships

Are you a talented and motivated student and are you starting a Master's degree in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Engineering at a Dutch university and do have an 8 or higher on your final thesis of your bachelor's degree? Then apply for a VNCI Topsector Chemiebeurs before August 14, 2016.

Student research conference in Nijmegen

In november dit jaar zal voor de zevende keer de Student Research Conference (SRC) worden georganiseerd. De SRC is een jaarlijkse conferentie waarop Nederlandse en Belgische studenten van universiteiten en hogescholen de kans krijgen om hun bachelor onderzoek aan een breed publiek te presenteren en tevens ervaring op te doen met academische conferenties. De SRC wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met een breed palet van partners om op deze manier te laten zien dat de gehele kennisinfrastructuur haar doelen ondersteunt.

Aanmelding en Selectie Leiden Leadership Programme / International Leiden Leadership Programme

Je kunt je inschrijven voor het Leiden Leadership Programme als je een masteropleiding volgt of gaat volgen aan de Universiteit Leiden of de TU Delft. International students can participate in the International program. Note that the application deadlines may be different.

Gorlaeus 2.0

As our largest research group has already moved to the new building it is very nice to see a sneak preview on some new webpages

Lectures Chemistry of System Earth

Tomorrow the lecture Chemistry of System earth will start at 11:00 in lecture room C6 of the Gorlaeus Laboratories.

CDL Lustrumsymposium

On the 11th of May the study association of the master Chemistry, also known as the Chemisch Dispuut Leiden, will organize a symposium to celebrate their 90th anniversary. After the opening plenary lecture, there will be two parallel sessions in the Gorlaeus laboratory. The themes of the lecture rooms are dedicated to the main tracks of the research master, Chemical biology and Energy & Sustainability.

CDL & LIFE Career Night

On Wednesday April 20th the annual CDL & LIFE career night will take place! The Science Club in Leiden will be opened at 5:30 PM, around this time the company presentations will begin as well so be there in time.

The attending companies will include Genmab and Albemarle, we will keep in touch when more companies will join us during this evening.

Holland Scholarship 2016-2017

Holland Scholarship 2016-2017

For excellent Bachelor and Master students registered at Leiden University who want to study, do research or do an internship at an institution or in a company outside the European Economic Area.

36 scholarships for Leiden University of each 1250 euro

Application deadline: 1 March 2016


Jong KNCV Poster Competition

During the Jong KNCV poster competition wo-masterstudents compete to find out who can pitch their poster the best. So; have you performed (bio)chemical research during your Master? Make a poster, and present it at the KNCV postercompetition and you just might win 500 euro! There is a set amount of open slots; so go for more information and registration to this site. The deadline for registration is February 28th.

Drug discovery starts today in the Cell Observatory

Today is the start of the lecture series Drug Discovery at 11:00 in the Cell Observatory Lecture Room.

Programme of the Master's Day March 11 - Gorlaeus Laboratories

On March 11 it is possible to visit the Master's Day in the Gorlaeus Laboratories. The program is available here and registration is mandatory. We hope to welcome many prospective master students!

Tegemoetkoming studenten educatieve variant in "tekortvakken"

Studenten die zich in september 2015 voor het eerst hebben ingeschreven voor een voltijd universitaire lerarenopleiding of een afstudeerrichting in een voltijd universitaire (educatieve) master, die opleidt tot een eerstegraads bevoegdheid in een van de volgende tekortvakken:

Veiligheid / Start of the second semester: UPDATE!

On February 1 we started the second semester for the newcomers at 9:30 in the Cell Observatory lecture room. In the schedule we planned a session for Safety (Veiligheid) for newcomers. This session is for students that did not attend a Leiden safety course but will do practical work. These students will be informed today about the time and location.

In memoriam: Mark van Eikenhorst

Op maandag 18 januari 2016 is de Life Science and Technology (LST) bachelorstudent Mark van Eikenhorst na een noodlottig ziektebeeld overleden. Mark is veel te jong uit ons midden gegaan. Hij is slechts drieëntwintig jaar oud geworden.

Science Methodology: Start February 1 !!

In February the Science Methodology course starts again and the lecturers composed an information sheet for this course. During the lectures the teachers address a core question: During the BSc and MSc education students learn lots of scientific facts, but do they know how science works?

Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition 2016

Wanted: Students With Ambition!

NWO Chemical Sciences organizes the Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition 2016, powered by the Top Sector Chemistry. Student teams from universities and universities of applied sciences are invited to submit ideas for creative research projects, focusing on societal or industrial challenges.

November 16th - One minute of silence for Paris

The academic community at Leiden University expresses its support to the French people following the abhorrent events in Paris on the night of Friday 13 November. We would like to convey our sympathies to the families and relatives of the victims and to the whole of the French nation. In memory of those who lost their lives, flags will be flown at half-mast at all University premises on 16 November and at 12.00 noon we will observe a minute's silence.

Chemical Biology Seminar - Prof. John Sutherland, University of Cambridge

We are very pleased to announce the lecture of Prof. John Sutherland from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Prof. Sutherland’s research focuses on the biggest remaining question in chemistry and biology: what is the origin of life. His particular research interest within this is the emergence of ‘biological’ molecules in the prebiotic soup.

Obituary Christiaan van Gorkum

On Friday October 30 Christiaan van Gorkum a graduate of the master Life Science and Technology program passed away at the age of 28 after a tragic accident. Christiaan was a passionate kayaker and canoeist and lost his life while sporting with friends. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Life Sciences throughout his too short life.
A more detailed in memoriam has appeared on the institute web site.

De Nederlandse Carrièredagen 2015

On Friday November 27 and Saturday November 28 there is a career event in Utrecht. More information and a free e-ticket can be obtained here.

Student prizes MSc Chemistry & LST 2014/2015 awarded

During the LIC Master's opening event on September 1st "Best student" prizes were awarded to four exceptional students: first of all Ines Peters and Thomas Hansen, who were awarded "best Chemistry student" and "best Chemistry zij-instromer" prizes by prof. Mathieu Noteborn and prof. Lies Bouwman.

Integrated Cell Biology: 2016 sessions

There are a few spots available for ICB-2! Contact Dr. Backendorf today to reserve your spot.

Studiebeurs voor Nederlandse studenten

De Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society stelt tien studiebeurzen beschikbaar voor Nederlandse studenten die in het studiejaar 2015-2016 in de Canadese provincie Brits-Columbia willen studeren. Deze 'Victory in Europe Scholarships' hebben een waarde van $10.000 per student.

Let op korte deadline: tot 15 juli

LINK-Summer School

Ben jij master-student en heb je interesse in een carrière als Data Scientist? Dan is de LINK-Summer School iets voor jou!

LINK is ontstaan vanuit de Nationale DenkTank 2014 over Big Data, met als doel studenten met een bèta-achtergrond kennis en vaardigheden bij te brengen die nodig zijn om aan de slag te kunnen als Data Scientist.

Van 3 tot 14 augustus 2015 vindt de eerste LINK-workshop plaats bij het SAS Institute in Huizen. De workshop is gratis voor studenten!

Aanmelden kan tot 10 juli 2015 via de link op de flyer:

Integrated Cell Biology

The Integrated Cell Biology has some places left (see: ICB ) Please enroll via Blackboard

Studentassistenten gezocht

Tip: Op Blackboard kun je ook de Assistentenagenda zien!

BCF Career Event 2015

On May 21 the BCF Career Event, the largest career event in Chemistry and Life Sciences takes place in Amsterdam. Today (May 12) it is you last chance to register for free for this event.

Career Services: Werken als zelfstandig ondernemer

Op donderdag 23 april organiseren de Career Services het event “werken als zelfstandig ondernemer”  in Studentencentrum Plexus. De dag is bedoeld voor Nederlandssprekende studenten en jonge alumni. Op het event worden de mogelijkheden, ervaringen en praktische zaken geschetst die komen kijken bij zelfstandig ondernemerschap. O.a. LUGUS zal een presentatie geven. We hebben geprobeerd om een programma samen te stellen voor studenten met alle achtergronden.

Excursion to Biopartner on April 8

On April 8 the study association Life organizes an excursion to Biopartner, the foundation that offers professional housing for start-up companies on the Leiden Bioscience Park.

If you want to join the excursion or become member of SV Life you should contact the excursion committee before April 1st (

Invitation for the Top Sector Chemistry student competition

Are you an ambitious and creative student who has ideas for an interesting research project, focusing on a societal or industrial research question? Do you have the perfect skills to perform and accomplish a research project successfully? Then you might want to apply for the Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition.

European roadmap for graphene applications in science and technology

More than 60 European researchers and industry partners have set out their roadmap for the application of graphene in marketed products. Leiden chemist Grégory F. Schneider believes that graphene and other layered materials can in the future be used for DNA sequencing applications.

The topic of the next year's course Bionanotechnology will cover many aspects of this new roadmap. There are various research opportunities for bachelor and master students in the group of Dr Schneider.

Summer School Energy & Sustainability

The Summer School Energy & Sustainability will be held from 28 June until 4 July 2015 at the Faculty of Science.

Integrated Cell Biology: next session

The next two sessions of the MSc Course “Integrated Cell Biology” will be held from 22-26 June and from 29 June to 3 July 2015 (Monday - Friday). The course is limited to 12 participants per session. It combines both theoretical lectures and state-of-the-art practicals and will provide an efficient and integrated view on today’s possibilities to study, develop and exploit in vitro human cell cultures for biomedical research purposes.

Did you know (1)?

That there is a support page for uSis in English?

That there is a magic code to enroll for courses

NEW: Science Career Service

Prepare for your career, start today at the Science Career Service! You can visit the career counsellors during walk-in hours in the Bèta Lounge (Gorlaeus Laboratory/next to the library) every Monday and Thursday between 12.00-14.00 hrs. You are welcome to stop by for advice on your CV and short study choice/career questions! For more information:

MSc / PhD Courses starting in January/begin February with registration requirements

There are four courses starting at the end of January/early February that require registration:

Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry, Integrated Cell Biology, Science Based Business Fundamentals and Catalytic Surface Science.

New course: Integrated Cell Biology

Integrated Cell Biology is organized as a one-week course combining theoretical lectures on cell culture technologies in the morning with state-of-the-art practicals in the afternoon. The course will provide an efficient and integrated view on today’s possibilities to study, develop and exploit in vitro human cell cultures for biomedical research purposes.

Period 1: 26 January - 30 January

Period 2: 1 February - 5 February

Anthe Janssen receives Unilever Research Prize 2014

Anthe Janssen graduated ‘summa cum laude’ for the master’s programme Chemistry. He used NMR methods to gain insight in the syntheses and behavior of bio sugars. With this knowledge future therapeutics and research tools in hemical and medicinal biology can be developed. Anthe was awarded € 2.500.

Masterlunch and Enrolling for exams period 2 ...

Don't forget the masterlunch on Wednesday!

Students that want to enroll for exams (obligatory for all master exams) can consult this page (unfortuntaly only available in Dutch) where you can find the codes that allow you to enroll in a simple way for exams.

For detail about enrolling in exams you can consult the uSis manual pages (also available in Dutch).

The Netherlands Magnetic Resonance Research School Master program

For all MSc students who have an interest in Magnetic Resonance

The Netherlands Magnetic Resonance Research School Master program is open for enrolment. The first course starts in November 2014. The program can be combined with your regular MSc programme and for successful students participation can lead to a PhD position in NMR or MRI.

So you want my job?

Ben jij erbij op 12 November?

Share your passion for Science

The Junior Science Lab is looking for students that want to share their passion for science. We are looking for enthusiastic MSc students (Dutch speaking) to transfer knowledge to the next generation students (now at high school and/or primary school).These are paid student assistance positions. Application details can be found below.

Happy Birthday LST

De opleiding Life Science and Technology (LST) stond 9 september 2014 met een feestelijk gebakje stil bij haar 15 jarig bestaan. Het gaat bijzonder goed met de opleiding. Er zijn veel eerstejaars studenten en LST masterstudenten vinden of vóór hun diploma-uitreiking of er vlak na een goede baan.

URGENT Schedule changes

The course Supramolecular Chemistry by Dr. Kros starts on Wednesday September 10 at 11:00 in the Cell Observatory Lecture Room. The course Solid State NMR will be held in room LCP-16.

Student prizes MSc Chemistry & LST 2013/2014 awarded

During the LIC Master's opening event on September 1st "Best student" prizes were awarded to four exceptional students: first of all LST students Antoine Escoubet and Chi Lin Kuo, who were awarded prizes for "best LST student" and "best LST zij-instromer" by prof Mathieu Noteborn, followed by Iris Hagemans and Thom Hersbach, who were awarded best Chemistry and best Chemistry zij-instromer student prizes by prof Lies Bouwman.

Congratulations to all!

First Summer School Chemical Biology a great success

Our faculty reported on the Chemical Biology Summer School that was a great succes!

Start of the new master study year

We welcome all our master students on Monday September 1st in the Cell Observatory Lounge starting at 11:00. The program directors and coordinator will be present to welcome you and discuss the latest program with you.

Graduation during this summer

Students that want to graduate this summer must have all their results registred in uSis before August 25.

In addition you have to register for the 16 September graduation before July 1st. This graduation date is exclusively for students that will not enrol the next study year. Registration must be done at the Graduate School Office (HB-216, "Educatief Centrum") by picking up the application form. If you can not register in person you must notify Chantal van Berge and Maxim Kuil by e-mail before July 1st.

"Chemistry Drives Life" team selected for NWO Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition

The research proposal by three master students from the master programs Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Life Science and Technology has been selected for the NWO Top Sector Chemistry Student Competition.

Masterplanner Availability / Study Guides

Dear students,

the current version of the masterplanner can not yet handle the NEW study program as it is just finalized. The new studyguides 2014-2015 for the MSc Chemistry and the MSc Life Science and Technology are available: Chemistry , Life Science and Technology. As the schedule of bachelor programs and therefore of the master programmes is not final yet, they have not yet been included in the studyguides. The tentative schedule is updated today (June 2 2014) based on discussions in the Educational Board on May 26.

Summer school Chemical Biology

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry organizes a summer school Chemical Biology aimed at talented bachelor students from 7 to 12 July 2014. More details can be found at the Institute's web site.

Kick-off 4th Period (schedule change)

Dear students,

on Tuesday April 22 the 4th period will start with a schedule change: The lecture series by prof. Noteborn "In-vivo biomolecular interactions underlying diseases" will start at 9 o'clock in the Cell Observatory followed by the start of the lecture series "Biophysics of Proteins and Protein Interactions" by prof. Ubbink and dr. Siegal. The following lectures will take place at the scheduled dates.

NWO Student Competition

Deze zomer organiseert NWO Chemische Wetenschappen (CW) samen met de Topsector Chemie een studentencompetitie.

Tot 8 mei kunnen teams van masterstudenten voorstellen indienen om in de zomermaanden een onderzoeksstage te doen met als doel om een creatieve oplossing te vinden voor een maatschappelijke of industriële uitdaging.

Life Science Symposium ‘LIMITS OF LIFESPAN – understanding and countering the causes of ageing’

On the 12th of May Study Association LIFE organises the Life Science Symposium ‘LIMITS OF LIFESPAN – understanding and countering the causes of ageing’. During this day both national and international experts will elaborate on ageing from the perspective of (bio)medical sciences, ethics and policy-making.

NSE survey

Dear students,

please make your voice heard and participate in the NSE survey! The NSE survey is an important survey that universities use to know how students think about the program. This is not yet another survey, but the most important survey for your program.

Your student fraternity (S.V. Life or CDL) may win several prices including an iPod if they reach the highest student participation of our faculty.

Participation is easy just follow this link NSE entry

Science Methodology – Understanding the Principles of Scientific Research

The course Science Methodology – Understanding the Principles of Scientific Research starts on February 10 2014. The content and program are detailed below. On March 24 Prof Miedema will present a public lecture "Science in Transition".

Rik Mom wins AkzoNobel Afstudeerprijs voor Chemie en Procestechnologie

One of our talented MSc Chemistry graduates was awarded the prestiguous AkzoNobel Afstudeerprijs voor Chemie en Procestechnologie during a festive ceremony in the Hodshon House, the residence of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen.
The KHMW is the oldest learned society in the Netherlands founded in 1752 that aims to bridge science and society. Rik received the award for his graduation work in the group of prof Koper and dr Juurlink. During the ceremony also several other Leiden and Delft students received talent awards o.a. Tes Apeldoorn, Ewout Knibbe and Teun Kuil.

Meet the Mentor 2013-2014

The master programmes Chemistry and Life Science and Technology organise their Meet the Mentor program on Thursday November 14 2013 and Thursday May 15 2014. The program for November 14 2013 is attached.

Leiden participates in the NMARRS Graduate School

The Netherlands’ magnetic resonance graduate school (NMARRS) is a joint educational and research initiative of five major centres for magnetic resonance research (RU, UU, UL, TUE, WU) forming one unified consortium.

Student prizes MSc Chemistry & LST 2012/2013 awarded

During the LIC Master's opening event on September 2nd "Best student" prizes were awarded by prof dr Mathieu Noteborn to four exceptional students: first of all Els van Mierlo (following an LST programme) and Stefan van der Vorm (Chemistry), who both followed a Leiden/Delft Bachelor program. Tom Vermaas (following a Chemistry programme) and Nicolas Bastidas (LST) were awarded the "Best student" prize for "best zij-instromer".

Congratulations to all!

Opening Master Year 2013-2014

Dear students and staff members,
On September 2rd we will officially open the new study year with all master students Chemistry, Life Science & Technology and the new Erasmus students that will start their semester in September.

Updated! Study guides 2013-2014

The digital study guides for the master programs Chemistry and Life Science and Technology are available here.

The study guides are last updated on December 3 2013.

New Elective course in 2013 - Cyttron II Lectures

In the fall of 2013 the Cyttron II consortium ( provides a lecture series on current research in bioimaging and personalized diagnostics tools. During the course, researchers from different partners will be present their latest projects within the consortium, showing students the variety of academic as well as industrial research happening right now in the field of bioimaging and diagnostics.

Chemistry of Life - engineering biology

Chemistry of Life - engineering biology

Dit jaar slaan de KNCV en de NBV de handen ineen tijdens een nieuw evenement: Chemistry of Life - engineering biology. In dit evenement komen de KNCV-Voorjaarsbijeenkomst en de NBV-Werkgroependag samen. Dit nieuwe evenement vindt plaats op dinsdag 25 juni 2013 in de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. 

May Colloquium Month?

This month there a lot of colloquia planned. Today's two student colloquia have been aligned in the Havingazaal where Lucien Lameijer and Mickey Harvey will present their colloquium. On Friday there are two colloquia by Mariek Guijt starting at 2 o'clock and by Louise Treffers starting at 4 o'clock. On May 30 there are two more colloquia planned (now at different times but at  the same location) by Ard Jan Grimbergen and Willem Noteborn.

We hope to see a lot of master students at these colloquia!

Graduate schools in Chemistry and Life Sciences

Leiden Institute of Chemistry research groups actively participate in four Graduate Schools that are jointly organised by different research groups at Dutch Universities. These Graduate Schools recruit the most talented Chemistry and Life Sciences students on an individual basis. Students have to apply at the Graduate School of their choice where accepted students will follow an excellence program and are invited to write a research proposal at the end of their master’s program.

Meet the Mentor - Bachelor Outreach

On Thursday May 16 we organized our traditional Meet the Mentor market aimed at last year bachelor students WO and HBO who want to start a master's programme Chemistry or Life Science & Technology and MSc students who are looking for a mentor. For those who missed the event the presentation can be downloaded below.

Deadline application educational track (in Dutch) May 1 2013

Het eerstvolgende startmoment van de lerarenopleiding is maandag 26 augustus 2013. Voor de aanmelding geldt een deadline.

  • Uiterste aanmeldingsdatum voor de educatieve master en de educatieve track is 1 mei 2013.
    Uiterste aanmeldingsdatum voor het zij-instroomtraject is 1 mei 2013.

BCF Career Event 2013

Are you looking for talented people to join your research group? Or are you looking for a job? Visit BCF Career Event on the 30th of May at Amsterdam RAI, the biggest career event for professionals in Bio, Chemistry, Food and Pharma.

Library instruction for master students

On Thursday February 7 Ir. Hans Fransen will discuss the modern use of library information by scientists. The meeting starts at 13:30 in lecture room C2 of the Gorlaeus Laboratories. MSc students can earn a "colloquium" point and may join us in the later in the afternoon for a coffee meeting with the teaching staff.

Science Methodology Course - 2013

Science Methodology – Understanding the Principles of Scientific Research
A course for students in natural sciences

During the BSc and MSc education students learn lots of scientific facts, but do they know how science works? In this course the basic principles of the methodology used in the natural sciences are taught. The aim is to let the student contemplate concepts like ‘truth’, ‘experiments’, ‘models’, ‘confirmation/falsification’ and make the student aware of the
limitations of the ability to make objective observations.

Student satisfaction

The yearly student satisfaction data have been published by "Elsevier" and the master program Life Science & Technology is in the top 10.

See  (in Dutch).

Best student prizes 2012 awarded

During the LIC Master's opening event on September 3rd "Best student" prizes were awarded to three exceptional students: "doorstromer" Annet Blom (following both a Chemistry and LST programme), and "externe instromers" Sara Ali (Chemistry) and Silvia Hoeboer (LST).

Opening new master year

Dear students and staff members,
On September 3rd we will officially open the new study year with all master students Chemistry, Life Science & Technology and the new Erasmus students that will start their semester in September.

Try out our new Masterplanner

The masterplanner is now available for students that want to create a programme on-line. An account is required and instructions can be found here.

The planner should work for students that started in the study year 2010-2011 or later. You can send feedback using the "side panel" Feedback.

Updated Schedule MSc Chemistry and MSc LST - Leiden

The schedule of the MSc Chemistry and MSc Life Science & Technology has been updated.

The new course "Science Methodology" has been included.

Updated Schedule MSc Chemistry and MSc LST - Leiden

The updated schedule for the study year 2011-2012 is available for download: the final schedule will appear here.

Some events are scheduled incorrectly; here are the correct dates of recent events.

International Year of Chemistry

Want to be challenged? - Write an essay on your favorite element.

Unfortunately you cannot submit new essays since August 1st!

Nature Chemistry encourages undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs to enter the competition, but it is also open to those slightly further on in their careers. To submit an essay, however, it must be no more than 5 years since the author has completed their final training appointment (Ph.D. or postdoctoral position) as of the 1 August 2011.

International Leiden Leadership Programme

International Leiden Leadership Programme for ambitious master’s students
The ILLP is an honours programme in English, worth 4 EC,  that gives you an opportunity to learn about leadership and develop your personal leadership style. The programme is taught from January through June. During the ILLP, master’s students (further) develop their personal leadership style.

A Master of Science. And then?

A ‘Masterday’ has been organised for Life Science and Technology and Chemistry Master students on Tuesday 8 May. This day aims to address the questions on every Master student’s mind: “what should I do after my Master? A PhD? Or not? What are the possibilities?” A number of speakers from the academic and business  sectors will outline the benefits and drawbacks of the paths they themselves have followed , and thereby provide insight into the options available. A discussion will follow, giving you the opportunity to ask the speakers further questions.

Best student prizes awarded

During the LIC Master's opening on September 2nd "Best student" prizes were awarded to four students achieving the highest results: "doorstromers" Rik Mom (Chemistry) and Marloes Petrus (LST), and "non-doorstromers" Wietse Smit (Chemistry) and Lynda Russell (LST).

Masterlunch (Updated presentation NOW available)

Masterlunch 30 april

For English, see below.

Beste student,

In het volgende studiejaar gaat er veel veranderen aan de opzet van de masters LS&T en Chemistry. Verder zijn wij erg benieuwd wat jullie vinden over de opleidingen. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan vakken, administratie, communicatie enzovoort!

BCF Career Event 2014

Get to know your career possibilities during BCF Career Event – 14 May 2014

KNCV news for students and mentors

Golden Master Award 2012

Dé prijs voor de MSc-student met de beste ‘chemische’ afstudeerscriptie: de Golden Master Award 2012.
Docenten en (stage-)begeleiders: Draag jullie beste studenten als kandidaat voor!

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