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Integrated Cell Biology (ICB)


Admission requirements

Elective course in the MSc Chemistry and Life Science and Technology
For students with a BSc in MST, or an equivalent to a BSc in Life Sciences. To students with a BSc degree in Life Sciences obtained in Leiden/Delft the course will be redundant.


The course Integrated Cell Biology (ICB) is a one week crash course to learn the basics of cell culture. The course provides a theoretical background through lectures in the morning, which will be followed by practical work aiming at quickly learning cell culture skills and essential applications. All theoretical and experimental topics will be centered around the lysosome.

Course objectives

At the end of the course students:

  • have theoretical knowledge on various forms of cell & tissue culture (both past and future)

  • have mastered the essentials of cell culture

  • have knowledge on various crucial cell culture read outs (immunohistochemistry, fluorescent microscopy and viability assays)

  • can set up a cell culture experiment

  • have additional essay and report writing skills


Schedule information can be found on the website of the programmes.

You will find the timetables for all courses and degree programmes of Leiden University in the tool MyTimetable (login). Any teaching activities that you have sucessfully registered for in MyStudyMap will automatically be displayed in MyTimeTable. Any timetables that you add manually, will be saved and automatically displayed the next time you sign in.

MyTimetable allows you to integrate your timetable with your calendar apps such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar and other calendar apps on your smartphone. Any timetable changes will be automatically synced with your calendar. If you wish, you can also receive an email notification of the change. You can turn notifications on in ‘Settings’ (after login).

For more information, watch the video or go the the 'help-page' in MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

Lectures, cell culture experiments and data interpretation and self-study (essay and report preparation).

Assessment method

Students submit a short essay (1000 words) within the “Lysosome theme” and a report written in article style (3000 words). Both submissions via Turnitin in Brightspace. The final mark will be composed as such: 30% literature essay + 40% practical report + 30% impression practical and theoretical skills.

Reading list

Relevant publications and experimental protocols will be provided via Brightspace.


Register for this and confirm via lecturer.
Placement will be handled in a first-come-first-serve system. Students from the MSc Chemistry and MSc Life Science & Technology take priority over students from other master's programmes.

From the academic year 2022-2023 on every student has to register for courses with the new enrollment tool MyStudyMap. There are two registration periods per year: registration for the fall semester opens in July and registration for the spring semester opens in December. Please see this page for more information.

Please note that it is compulsory to both preregister and confirm your participation for every exam and retake. Not being registered for a course means that you are not allowed to participate in the final exam of the course. Confirming your exam participation is possible until ten days before the exam.

Extensive FAQ's on MyStudymap can be found here.


Dr. M.C. van Eijk


Assignment deadlines are communicated via Brightspace.

According to OER article 4.8, students are entitled to view their marked examination for a period of 30 days following the publication of the results of a written examination. Students should contact the lecturer to make an appointment for such an inspection session.