MSc Chemistry programme

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. Chemistry researchers in Leiden take a fundamental approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues. The Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is the basis for research and collaborations of the Leiden chemistry groups.

The MSc programme in Chemistry offers four different specialisations, each with a choice from two research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. These areas correspond to the major research areas in the LIC.

MSc Life Science and Technology programme

Life Science and Technology is the central science to lead our society toward a healthy and sustainable future. The basis of the Leiden master program in Life Science and Technology is formed by research carried out in the life sciences and chemistry groups of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). Researchers take a science-based approach in finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems as encountered in personalized medicine, systems biology and sustainable use of biological sources.

Starting from day one, and during the whole master programme the student is a member of a research team in the LIC. Guided by an individual mentor, the student assembles a tailor-made educational programme for optimal training to become a life sciences professional. Included is the option of research training projects in other research groups of the Faculty of Sciences, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands Cancer Institute or Erasmus Medical Center or abroad. These research projects are complemented with high-level lecture courses.

Graduate Schools

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 programme.
The best proposals in each graduate school compete for a limited number of PhD positions available within these graduate schools.

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