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Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences: Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science-Based Business

Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and Science Based Business is a specialisation of the Master’s programme Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences of Leiden University. Students in this Master’s programme are trained for a research career in drug research and development. Each of the three research specialisations corresponds to major research themes of the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR). The remaining four BPS tracks consists of a research component in combination with a specialisation on Science-Based Business (SBB), Science Communication and Society (SCS), Education (EDU) or Industrial Pharmacy (IP).

The specialisation Science Based Business (SBB) provides knowledge and skills in the area of Management, Business and Entrepreneurship. Its focus is on their application in science- and research-driven organisations. Its purpose is to broaden the horizon, to form an opinion on and prepare for a career in industry and to enhance competencies for pursuing entrepreneurial business opportunities created through science and research (Research Based Business; RBB).

Programme BPS research component

  • the Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in the specialisation corresponding to the cluster at which Research Project 1 is performed (5 EC)

  • a research project of 49 EC in one of the research groups of the LACDR, including 5 EC for a thesis and 2 EC for an oral presentation

  • one of the lecture series listed below (4 EC)

  • the course Scientific Conduct (1 EC)

  • 20 colloquia points (1 EC in total)

  • Optional: extension of the BPS research subprogramme by attending additional lecture series of BPS or other courses in life sciences or medicine (0—20 EC)
    The choices for lecture series and research project will be made in concert with an advisor.

Programme SBB component

Completion of the specialisation SBB requires a minimum of 40 EC and a maximum of 60 EC from the SBB courses. This includes at least, either

  • Management track (20 EC) and SBB Business Studies Internship (20-40 EC); or

  • New Technology Ventures track (15 EC) and NTV Assignment (20-30 EC)

Course information on the SBB courses can obtained from the SBB website.

First and Second Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Mandatory courses:

Introduction Course Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences 5
Scientific Conduct 1
Attended Lectures and Colloquia 1

Research project 1 at one of the Divisions of the LACDR

Research Project 1 - Practical Work (SCS, SBB, EDU and IP specialisations of BPS) 42
Research Project 1 - Thesis 5
Research Project 1 - Oral Presentation 2

The MSc programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences offers the following Lecture Series in the academic year 2016–2017 (one of these is mandatory):

Regulation of Drug Safety 4
Atherosclerosis 4
Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry 4
A Clinical Pharmacologist Approach to type 2 Diabetes 4
Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer 4
Quantitative Pharmacology 4
Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development 4
Drug Delivery 4

Optional courses in the academic year 2016–2017 (list is not restrictive):

IP Law in Science 5
Science Methodology (SCM) 4
Science and the public: contemporary and historical perspectives 6
Radiation Safety 1

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