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Full time September, February MSc Full-time: 2 years

About the course

The cell is the building block of life, the smallest unit with the molecular characteristics of living systems. Increased knowledge of the mechanisms of the biomolecular and biochemical processes in the cell can lead to better medicines, new methods for combating diseases.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The basis of the two-year master’s 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. Starting from day one, and during the whole master programme you are a member of a

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

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Student Profile(s)

Nicole Ostlund

When I was applying for a master’s degree I knew I wanted to move from my previous
studies in Psychology into the more methodological, statistical domain. I must have looked at
least 50 programs in statistics, methodology, or data science, but most of them did not really
delve into the quantitative as much as I would like or they required a stronger background in
mathematics than I had. The master's program in Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioral
Sciences offered by Leiden University offers a balance of application and theory of statistics for
people, like me, whose backgrounds might not be grounded in mathematics or statistics. The
program is a junction between application, theory, and mathematics, making it perfect for
students from diverse backgrounds.

As this is a new program, the dynamic between the students, instructors, and
administrators is especially constructive; we all want to create the best program possible which
leads to a lot of positive discussions and input moving between faculty and students. When
students wanted to understand what work they could anticipate after graduation, a class was
created to introduce them to statisticians at businesses and research centers in the
Netherlands. After students started showing interest in more data science related courses to
take alongside the program, a specialization in data science was created to accommodate
them. This openness for dialogue really brings out the best in the students, the faculty, and the
program itself. I’m really happy with my choice!

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