MSc Life Science & 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 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.

Global overview of the LST programme

The MSc LST programme offers four specialisations:

  • Research in Life Science and Technology; students follow a two-year programme in one of the research themes to become an independent and creative scientist.
  • Life Science and Technology and Education (taught partly in Dutch); prepare for a career in teaching chemistry and/or biology.
  • Life Science and Technology and Science Communication and Society (taught partly in Dutch); combine research with programmes in different aspects of science communication, such as journalism.
  • Business Studies; combine training in Life Science and Technology with education in business and entrepreneurship.

Research training project Life Science and Technology

The research projects are carried out under the supervision of the mentor. The mentor guides the student with their project(s) and will advise on how courses are best fit in their study planning. The major research project can be carried out in the LIC home institute, our affiliated institutes IBL, LACDR, LUMC, NKI, ErasmusMC or abroad.

Core courses within the MSc Life Science and Technology programme

The LST master students have to choose 2 courses from the Biomedical Science series (shown in blue) and 2 from the Molecular Science series (shown in orange).

MSc Life Science and Technology

Biomedical Informatics
Genome Organization in Cancer and Aging
Global Regulatory Networks in Bacteria
In-vivo Biomolecular Interactions Underlying Diseases
Enzyme dynamics: NMR spectroscopy and kinetics
Chemical Genetics
Molecular Chemistry

Thesis Talks

The thesis talk is part of the major research training project of all master students in Chemistry and Life Science & Technology and constitutes a training in presenting original research work to a group of non-peers.
The intended audience comprises your fellow master students and a jury of two staff members that will discuss the grade of the research project with the mentor, who has the final responsibility for grading the project.

Literature essay and colloquium

The intended goal is to acquire knowledge and insight into a topic chosen within the research area of Chemistry or the Life Sciences. The student needs to study (recent) literature and present the results of this study in a systematic way both in writing and in the form of a colloquium. New directions of research are to be discussed and the student needs to participate actively in scientific discussions, both at his/her own colloquium as well as audience member of other student colloquia.


 The electives consist of a free choice of theoretical courses or an extension of the research project by a maximum of 20 EC. The mentor may limit the choice in elective courses by the need to adapt the programme to the present knowledge of the student.

Programme of the specialisations EDU, SBB, and SCS

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 either the core MSc LST Leiden courses, the core MSc Chemistry Leiden courses or the MSc Programme LST, Delft.

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