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BSc and MSc Programmes at the LIC

BSc Molecular Science & Technology

Molecular Science & Technology is a unique chemistry programme that not only brings you into contact with the fundamental, industrial and societal facets of chemistry but also enables you to explore the field of chemistry that you enjoy most!

Find out more on the website of the Molecular Science & Technology Bachelor's programme.

BSc Life Science & Technology

In order to understand, interpret and apply the processes in a living cell, both fundamental and applied knowledge of different disciplines is essential. This is why our teaching programme is built on the study of chemistry, biology, cell biology, physics, mathematics, informatics, bio-informatics and pharmacology.

Find out more on the Life Science & Technology Bachelor's programme website.

MSc Programme Chemistry

Chemistry is the central science enabling a healthy future in a sustainable society. Chemistry researchers in Leiden take a fundamental approach to finding tailored solutions for complex societal problems in human health and environmental issues. Chemical research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is concentrated in two major themes:

MSc Programme Life Science & Technology

Life Science and Technology is the central science to lead our society toward a healthy and sustainable future. The basis of the Leiden master programme 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.

Research Schools

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry participates in several research schools for MSc and PhD students, providing a selection of courses, either given by staff members or by guest lecturers from abroad. Within these research schools, summer schools are organised on a yearly basis.

Netherlands Research School of Chemical Biology

Research in Chemical Biology has matured the past decade and is driving the progress in fundamental and applied chemical sciences worldwide. The four participating Dutch universities (LU, RU, RUG and TUE) each have their own strong local research and educational programmes in this field. The National Research School of Chemical Biology brings the different and complementary interests and expertise in Chemical Biology together in a single platform where (undergraduate) students, PhD students and academic staff can meet and interact.

Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry

The Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry is a consortium of three Dutch Universities: the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the VU University Amsterdam (VU) and Leiden University (UL). It's main mission is to provide an extensive training programme for PhD students in chemistry. The HRSMC has been approved by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research

NIOK, which stands for ‘Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek in de Katalyse’ (Netherlands Institute for Catalysis Research), is a virtual institute consisting of Dutch University Groups active in all areas of catalysis. It is a nationwide graduate school (‘Onderzoekschool’) which fosters the advancement of both higher education and research and stimulates collaboration between scientists of different disciplines and Universities. NIOK acts as the platform and sparring partner for national and international contacts on catalysis with academia, industry and government.

Netherlands Magnetic Resonance Research School

The Netherlands’ magnetic resonance graduate school (NMARRS) is a joint educational and research initiative of five major centres for magnetic resonance research (RU, UU, UL, TUE, WU) forming one unified consortium.





Reizend DNA Lab (Mobile DNA Lab)

Since 2006, the Leiden Institute of Chemistry has successfully organized the "Reizend DNA-lab: Gezond of Ziek: een vouwtje verkeerd”. During this DNA-lab course, Dutch high school students of 4 HAVO until 6 VWO will search for the molecular causes of some protein folding diseases like cancer, cystic fibroses and Alzheimer’s disease. The students get acquainted with techniques to trace “healthy” and “unhealthy” proteins in cells and to determine different protein structures. By letting high school students and teachers work with research techniques and equipment we try to connect the high school biology and chemistry lessons with the world of science.

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