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The MSc Biology programme is a collaboration between the Institute of Biology Leiden, Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the Institute of Environmental Sciences, giving the programme a broad and diverse scope.

What does this master's programme entail?

The knowledge that you acquire during this programme supplies an important contribution to the overall understanding of life and has a great value to the society. For example, with your knowledge about DNA, you’re able to work on topics, such as upscaling the agricultural yields and developing new antibiotics by the means of fungi and bacteria. The programme offers four research specialisations, which optionally can be combined with a specialisation in communication, education or business. 

Read more about the Biology programme.

Why study Biology at Leiden University?

  • Leiden University offers you a unique combination of knowledge and expertise through close collaboration between three renowned research institutes.
  • Within the programme, you have ample opportunities to assemble our own study path based on your own interests and ambitions.
  • You have access to state of the art facilities, such as a lab for high throughput genotyping, the Nanopore Sequencing Lab, the Metabolomics Facility and Cell Observatory.

Find more reasons to choose Leiden University.

Biology: the right master’s programme for you?

Biology is the right master’s programme for you if you are interested in biotechnology, cell biology, evolutionary biology or biodiversity. You will be trained for a career in research within or outside academia. You can also choose for a non-research-oriented specialisation where you combine one year of biology research with one year of training in business, communication or education.

Read more about the entry requirements for Biology.


Visit the MSc Biology page on the Leiden University website for more details!

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