MSc in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences - Industrial Pharmacy




What will I learn?

The master's specialisation Industrial Pharmacy trains you in quality control and safety in the production of medicinal products.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The master's specialisation Industrial Pharmacy trains you in safety and quality control in the production of medicinal products, and prepares you for a career in Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry. For this specialisation only a limited number of positions are available. Admission of max. 2 participants occurs after selection only.

Why study Industrial Pharmacy at Leiden University?

  • The master's specialisation Industrial Pharmacy provides you with a full year of research training in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences followed by a year of training in quality control and safety.
  • We offer you a research-oriented programme in which you can specialize in different areas in the wide spectrum of drug research; from Analytical BioSciences, Biopharmaceutics, Drug Delivery Technology, Medicinal Chemistry to Pharmacology, and Toxicology.
  • You have the opportunity to gain hands-on business experience working as an intern on quality control and safety for a bio-pharmaceutical company.

Industrial Pharmacy: the right master’s programme for you?

Are you aiming for a career in Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry? The master’s specialisation Industrial Pharmacy is the right choice. This master’s specialisation has a maximum admission of 2 Dutch speaking participants. The Board of Admissions will judge the candidate’s personal skills (e.g. awareness of responsibility, accuracy, communication skills, methodological approach when analysing complex problems, and motivation) for qualification to the specialisation. Please note admission to this specialisation is only possible after admission to one of the research specialisations of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Career prospects

In the Master’s programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences of Leiden University you are trained for a scientific career in drug research and development.

After graduating you are theoretically and experimentally trained in all relevant aspects of drug research. You have hands-on experience in specialized research project. The combination of expertise in drug research and academic skills makes you attractive for employers, irrespective of the chosen specialisation. All students who complete the master Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, regardless of the specialisation, are admissible to a PhD programme in Bio-Pharmaceutical, Biomedical or other Life Sciences.


One finds graduates from Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in the entire width of the (bio)pharmaceutical field. Their careers generally remain closely related to the field of drug discovery and design, or the development and production of drugs, including drug quality, safety and clinical trials. Jobs outside research include various functions in the pharmaceutical industry, in biotechnology companies, or with the government.

Many graduates from Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences choose a career in scientific research and pursue a PhD degree. After obtaining your PhD degree you can continue as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently, via a tenure track position at university, develop further to assistant-, associate-, or full professor.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (15,91,941) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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