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 the core MSc LST courses.

Science & Research Based Business (SBB)

This specialisation offers the opportunity to combine training in life science research with education in business and entrepreneurship. It enables science students to understand the fundamentals of business management and innovation. The emphasis is on science-driven organisations and on establishing new business based on the outcomes of scientific research. The SBB programme is geared towards pursuing future career opportunities, both in academia and in industry. About 40% of the former SBB-students have gone on to do a PhD, where most of the others found employment in industry as consultant or in a managerial position.

More information and registration instructions for Science-Based Business is available on the SBB website. The SBB programme starts twice a year in September and February.

Life Science and Education (EDU)

The education part of the MSc programme Life Science and Education is organised by the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON) and the programme language is Dutch. The specific modules comprise courses in Didactics (10 EC), Professional Functioning (12 EC), Educational Research (8 EC) and School Training (30 EC). The programme is designed to obtain the so-called “eerstegraads lesbevoegdheid” which qualifies for teaching at all levels in Dutch high schools. Students that already have chosen the minor Education in their BSc study, need only 30 EC of the specific modules; the remaining 30 EC is then added to the Electives.

More information can be found on the website The education programme can best be started in September after completion of the LS&T modules of the programme. This programme is in Dutch.

Life Science and Science Communication & Society (SCS)

The MSc track in Communication offers students the opportunity to combine previous research training with programmes in different aspects of science communication, such as journalism, new media, museology and information visualisation. The MSc specialisation Life Science and Science Communication & Society is offered by lecturers in Science Communication & Society (SCS).

Students participating in one of the MSc programmes of the Faculty of Sciences and the MSc Biomedical Sciences (LUMC) are admitted to this MSc specialisation. The primary focus in this specialisation is on science communication in the Netherlands and students explore various aspects of professional science communication.

More information can be found on the SCS website: The communication programme starts in September.