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What will I learn?

In the research-oriented master's specialisation System Biomedicine and Pharmacology you will focus on personalised medicine and novel systems-based approaches in translational and clinical pharmacology.

What does this master's programme entail?

The master's specialisation System Biomedicine and Pharmacology offers you a unique combination of cutting-edge experimental training in the field of metabolomics and translational systems biology and quantitative pharmacology education.

Traditionally, medical treatments and drugs were designed for an "average patient". Nowadays it has become clear that the differences between individuals, their genes, environments, lifestyles, all of which also influence the individual responses to treatment, should be taken into account. This calls for a thorough understanding of diseases, at the system-level, allowing prediction of the modulation of disease networks by drugs in cells, organs, and the body as a whole. To achieve this, the programme of this master’s specialisation focuses on education on the development of novel bioanalytical concepts and innovative analytical tools for metabolomics-driven systems biology and design of theoretical modelling frameworks for drug development and individualized therapies.

Why study System Biomedicine and Pharmacology at Leiden University?

  • The System Biomedicine and Pharmacology specialisation is offered by the research Division Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) focusing on a wide variety of research themes from development of high throughput metabolomics techniques and clinical applications of (pharmaco)metabolomics to highly sensitive analysis in 3D cell culture models, and translational, clinical and quantitative systems pharmacology.
  • The programme offers you research-orientated education into understanding and predicting drug-induced modulation of disease networks at the systems level.
  • The strengths of this specialisation are its research-orientated approach and the tailored programme designed for each student individually.
  • You study in an internationally, top-ranked research institute.

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 (14,71,895) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


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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