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What will I learn?

The master's specialisation Life Science and Education prepares you for a career as a teacher in secondary schools. After completion you obtained the qualifications to be a chemistry and/or biology teacher. Note that this specialisation is only open to students who speak Dutch.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The master's specialisation Life Science and Education optimally prepares you to teach the subject of chemistry and/or biology to secondary school students, based on a solid background of high quality research in Life Science. The programme comprises a one-year LST component, followed by an education component in the second year. This master’s specialisation uniquely enables you to make a relevant impact on society by educating today’s secondary school students for tomorrow’s challenges in the field of chemistry and/or biology.

Why study Life Science and Technology and Education at Leiden University?

  • The specialisation provides you with one year training in Life Science and one year of theory and practical experience in teaching offered by the Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching.
  • You can design your own tailor-made programme adjusted to your own interests and ambitions related to Life Sciences, biomedicine and Chemical Biology.
  • During the education part, you receive one-on-one guidance, but you will also meet with colleagues from different disciplines, each with their own knowledge and experience, providing you with a broad view on education.

Programme Overview

The curriculum of this master’s specialisation consists of an LST component to be followed in the first year, and an Education component in the second year, offered by the Leiden Graduate School of Teaching. On top of the Education component, you can also participate in the World Teachers Programme.

LST component (60 EC)

Research training project (at least 30 EC)
Core courses (24 EC)
Course related to academic training (6 EC)

Education component (60 EC, in Dutch)

Education Courses (30 EC, in Dutch)
Teaching and Practice (30 EC, in Dutch)

World Teaching Programme (60 EC, in Dutch and English)

Education Courses (30 EC, partly in Dutch)
International Teaching and Practice (30 EC, in English)

Career prospects

After graduation you have a lot of opportunities: academics are highly sought after in Dutch secondary education or mbo teaching. You can also aim for a management position or work as a researcher within the field of Life Sciences.

Acquired skills and competence

The Master of Science programme guarantees thorough research training founded on a sound theoretical basis. After graduating you have excellent knowledge and expertise on molecular and biomedical science at a fundamental level. Moreover you have obtained the skills and knowledge to apply your LST background to issues of classroom practice.

Career

The master’s degree Life Science and Technology is a stepping-stone for those graduates with the aspiration to pursue a PhD degree. Students with a desire to apply their life sciences and technology knowledge outside the university have good job possibilities in R&D departments in industry, business, public utility companies, teaching, consultancy and government bodies. Biotechnological-, food- and biopharmaceutical industries as well as healthcare and fundamental research institutions could be suitable employers. Many students eventually attain higher management positions.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (14,55,250) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

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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