All major and minor research projects are concluded with a written thesis describing the research.
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 program for optimal training to become a life sciences professional. Included is the option of research internships in other research groups of the Faculty of Sciences, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands Cancer Institute or Erasmus Medical Center or abroad. These research internships are complemented with high-level lecture courses.
All major research training projects are concluded with a Thesis Talk. This presentation constitutes a training in presenting original research work to a group of non-experts. All students are required to attend at least 10 Thesis Talks from their fellow students during their master’s programme.
Students that choose the EDU, SCS or SBB specialisation need to follow modules specific for a specialisation (30-60 EC) and therefore have a reduced research programme which consists of a compulsory LST component (60 EC) and free electives (0-30 EC). The compulsory LST module in these specialisations comprise a research project (30 EC), an "academic skills" component (6 EC) and four compulsory courses (24 EC) to be selected from the core MSc LST courses.