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In the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences master's programme you are trained at the edge of drug-design and fundamental research of new drugs, optimization of existing drugs, and personalised medicine.

Despite major advances in drug-research, many common diseases such as cancers, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and other auto-immune diseases, lack effective treatment, or are found incurable. You are trained for a scientific career in drug research and development. Depending on your interest, you can choose from seven specialisations to further extend your scientific training and theoretical background.

The master's programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences aims to train you in the research area of bio-pharmaceutical sciences and drug research in such a way that you have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to be able to work independently as a scientific researcher. Moreover, you have a wide range of other career opportunities bio-pharmaceutical industry, science communication, and education.
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diplomaMSc Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences
typeregulier, 120 EC
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
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Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Why study Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University?
  • The programme is offered by the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) – one of the world leading academic pharmaceutical research groups.
  • We offer you a research-oriented programme in which you can specialize in different areas in the wide spectrum of drug research.
  • The programme offers flexibility and tailoring to meet your individual scientific interests and career aspirations.

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In the BioTherapeutics master's specialisation you focus on the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat immune-based disorders by applying systems immunological and metabolism methods.

The BioTherapeutics master's specialisation focuses on research-oriented education into the development of state-of-the-art therapies using novel biologics, such as vaccines, therapeutic proteins and peptides, and gene therapy products for inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis and skin disease. Integration of experimental in-vitro and in-vivo data is aimed to aid a smoother and speedier transition from preclinical research to pharmacological interventions, and the delivery of drugs in the human body.

If you are interested in research training in specific drug delivery techniques, and the development of new therapeutic approaches to treat immune-based disorders, such as atherosclerosis, metabolic disorders and inflammatory skin diseases, this master's programme is the right choice.

specialisatie Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Communication and Society

The master's specialisation Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Communication & Society focuses on the interaction between science and society.

Increasingly, the general public wants to be and needs to be informed about scientific topics. At the same time, scientists need to show accountability to the general public about their research. In this specialisation you bridge the gap between experts and the public by combining high quality research in bio-pharmaceutical sciences with extensive training in science communication. After completion you have obtained the necessary knowledge and skills to either become science communicator with a strong bio-pharmaceutical science background, or a researcher with a communicating mindset.

Do you want to bridge the gap between scientific research and the public? Do you want to combine high quality bio-pharmaceutical research with professional science communication? Then, this master's specialisation is an excellent opportunity for you. You will be prepared for a career as a science or health communicator, policy maker, PR officer, science journalist, health officer, museum educator or a researcher with a communicating mindset.

specialisatie Industrial Pharmacy

The master's specialisation Industrial Pharmacy trains you in quality control and safety in the production of medicinal products.

The master's specialisation Industrial Pharmacy trains you in safety and quality control in the production of medicinal products, and prepares you for a career in Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry. For this specialisation only a limited number of positions are available. Admission of max. 2 participants occurs after selection only.

Are you aiming for a career in Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry? The master's specialisation Industrial Pharmacy is the right choice. This master's specialisation has a maximum admission of 2 Dutch speaking participants. The Board of Admissions will judge the candidate's personal skills (e.g. awareness of responsibility, accuracy, communication skills, methodological approach when analysing complex problems, and motivation) for qualification to the specialisation. Please note admission to this specialisation is only possible after admission to one of the research specialisations of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  1. Drug Discovery and Safety
  2. System Biomedicine and Pharmacology
  3. Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Business Studies


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet20% zelfstudie
20% theorie
60% praktijk
colloquium, lecture, individual assignment, laboratory work, literature study, oral presentation, working group, self study
instruction modes
Planning and designing your own study path provides you with essential skills for your future career. When you need advice, our dedicated study advisor for the master's programme is the person to go to. The study advisor can provide professional help with the study programme and planning, but is also available for guidance in case of personal circumstances that may affect study progress.
The MSc degree guarantees thorough research experience with a profound theoretical basis. This research orientation in the teaching programme is unique in Europe and enjoys a highly international profile. The strength of the programme is its individual approach: for each student an individually tailored programme will be designed.
study abroad
Drug researchers inherently operate internationally. Therefore, BPS students are strongly stimulated to go abroad for their second research project to gain international work experience. International experience is not only important to start building an international network but it will also increase the career prospects and chances in the job market.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

Do you like a personal challenge in leadership? Then join the Leiden Leadership Program.

In the one-year Leiden Leadership Program, you work on developing your personal leadership skills through an assessment, training, seminars and a practice assignment in an organisation. You discover and develop your qualities in the context of an organisation. The goal is to learn how to work intensively with other professionals and learn how to use their qualities. With the Leiden Leadership Programme, a Dutch-based honours programme, you will be able to follow 20 EC next to your Leiden, The Hague or Delft master's programme.

Toelating en studiekosten

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Basic research training in the field of life science, including a bachelor internship of ≥16 EC assessed with a mark above 8.0.


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inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


220 studenten volgen deze opleiding
55% daarvan is vrouw
7 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
100% daarvan is vrouw
27713 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/8 Universiteit Leiden
Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/8 Universiteit Leiden
Science Communication and Society
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/8 Universiteit Leiden
Business Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/8 Universiteit Leiden
Drug Discovery and Safety
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/8 Universiteit Leiden
System Biomedicine and Pharmacology
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/8 Universiteit Leiden
Education (NL)
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
50% Nederlandstalig
50% Engelstalig
7/8 Universiteit Leiden
Industrial Pharmacy
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/8 Universiteit Leiden
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2017
algemeen oordeel4.04.0


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 92 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.0 uit 5.

Na de studie

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In the BPS Master's programme of Leiden University you are trained for a scientific career in drug research and development.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

After graduating you are trained in all relevant aspects of drug research. You have hands-on experience in specialised research projects. The combination of expertise in drug research and academic skills makes you attractive for employers. All students who complete the master are admissible to a PhD programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical, Biomedical or other Life Sciences.
One finds graduates from Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in the entire width of the (bio)pharmaceutical field. Their careers generally remain closely related to the field of drug discovery and design, or the development and production of drugs, including drug quality, safety and clinical trials. Jobs outside research include various functions in the pharmaceutical industry, in biotechnology companies, or with the government.

Many graduates from Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences choose a career in scientific research and pursue a PhD degree. After obtaining your PhD degree you can continue as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently, via a tenure track position at university, develop further to assistant-, associate-, or full professor.

current job market

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