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Biology: Microbial Biotechnology and Health

Leiden University

Master Postgraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Mathematics, natural sciences and computer science
Course summary This specialisation offers a research-oriented education in microbiology with a strong focus on the generation of fundamental scientific knowledge.
Course description This knowledge can lead to the improvement of micro-organisms as production platforms for valuable compounds such as food additives and antibiotics. Important aspects of the development and physiology of micro-organisms and their interaction with the environment can be studied at the molecular, genetic, physiological and cellular levels, often in an integrated manner. An important part of the master education is a research project, which can be chosen from a large variety of topics, including microbial growth and development and production of important compounds such as antibiotics. Research questions are tackled from a multidisciplinary approach, combining disciplines such as molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, biochemistry, microscopy and cell physiology. Research approaches exploit recent genomic and technological advances, for example expanding genomic sequence information, genomics and proteomics technology and confocal laser scanning microscopy which enables the study of molecules in living cells and multicellular organisms in unprecedented detail.
Study subjects For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: The subjects can vary from year to year.
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 120.00
Duration 24 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes -
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Science
Information about the institution High-quality education, a broad choice of programmes and all complemented with personal support make Leiden University the perfect option for successfully taking your studies to the next level.


Admission requirements
  1. See website for details.
  2. BSc degree in Biology, in other natural sciences, life sciences, and bio-medical sciencesor a relevant field (see website
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL computer based 230
TOEFL internet based 88
TOEFL paper based 570
Professional experience required -
Duration 24 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 15 Jun 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Feb 2020 1 Dec 2019 15 Oct 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jun 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 18300n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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study info

Telephone number +31 (071)5271111
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