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MSc Biology

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2019  (Dutch)
September 2020  (English)
September 2020  (Dutch)
September 2021  (English)
September 2021  (Dutch)

Program description

biology program

Earn an MSc in Biology at Leiden University

The MSc in biology in Leiden offers a wealth of opportunities for students who are interested in molecular biosciences or in evolution, biodiversity and conservation.

The Biology Institute at Leiden University has a number of highly recognized research specializations in evolution and molecular biology. The Institute of Environmental Sciences specializes in research in the area of conservation and sustainability.

The extensive invaluable biodiversity collections at the National Herbarium of the Netherlands, the famous Hortus botanicus, and the popular National Museum of Natural History ‘Naturalis’, all contribute to an excellent environment for biologists in Leiden.

Biology in Leiden is part of the Faculty of Science, providing ample opportunities for crossing borders with other science areas. The close proximity of the Bio Science Park with its many companies active in the (bio)medical field, and the collaborations with the Leiden University Medical Center, expand the study possibilities enormously.

Reasons to Choose Biology in Leiden

  • No less than five biological research institutes collaborate in the MSc program in Leiden, giving it a very broad and diverse scope.
  • The multi-disciplinary character of the program is further increased through collaborations between research groups and other biological and medical research institutions.
  • All MSc specializations combine a solid educational program with the focus on hands-on research, providing a balanced training.
  • Biology in Leiden offers an international academic environment and world-class research.
  • In Leiden, you can combine training in biological research with training in communication, education and science-based business.

Admission requirements

  • A BSc degree in Biology from Leiden University. Students holding such degree will be admitted directly to the program
  • BSc graduates from other universities graduates with a Bachelor of Science in other natural sciences, life sciences, mathematics or biomedical sciences, applicants with a higher professional education (hbo) degree in a related field of science, or with a diploma in Higher Laboratory Education (hlo)
  • For students following the education specialization, it is strongly recommended that the BSc program has included the 10-EC course on Learning, Presentation and Communication, offered by the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON), or an equivalent course

*The Board of Admissions judges each application individually based on content of the BSc curriculum and on the grades obtained previously. As a guideline, hbo students should have obtained their BSc degree with an average final grade of at least 7.5. The Board of Admissions will assess the equivalence of the previous training to the Dutch Bachelor of Science in Biology, which may result in additional coursework.

  • Copy of English proficiency certificate evidenced by appropriate language test. - IELTS: minimum 6.5 (minimum score on each subtest: 6.0) - TOEFL: internet based 90 - Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum grade C

*This requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate


Master of Science in Biology

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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