Advanced Life Science & Technology, 2015-2016


The field ‘Life Science & Technology’ focuses on the living cell, the smallest unit of life: how is it built, how does it function and how may it be used? An interdisciplinary approach based on the knowledge natural laws apply to living cells, is required in order to understand, to interpret and to make use of processes operating in living cells. The following subjects are therefore addressed: (bio)chemistry, cellular biology, molecular genetics, physics, mathematics, (bio)informatics and pharmacology.
The minor programme Advanced LST teaches deepening of knowledge and understanding in the areas of molecular cellular biology, specialized chemistry and biotechnology. Moreover, it broadens the knowledge of the field by an introduction into biophysics and the important role of model organisms in nowadays biology research. In addition, development of academic skills with a major emphasis on critical reading and scientific writing will be addressed.
Teaching is at two universities: University Leiden and Technical University Delft. The minor programme is characterized by a defiant range of teaching methods and testing. Specialists from the research field and industry, from the Netherlands and abroad contribute substantially.
The programme is meant for senior bachelor students with a background in Life Science & Technology, Molecular Science & Technology, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Biology or comparable academic programmes with sufficient basic knowledge in the areas of molecular biology, biotechnology and organic chemistry. In case of lack of background students can be asked to study selected parts of textbooks before the start or during the first 10 weeks of the minor.

Language of instruction

Dutch and/or English. All classes will be taught in English when international students attend.

Important notice

All students not enrolled in either one of the bachelor programmes LST or MST, should register as ‘bijvakstudent’ at Leiden University and/or TU Delft. This prerequisite is needed in order to get access to Blackboard environments of both universities. Exchange students are excluded from this prerequisite.

Exchange students can only enrol in classes of their host university. Subjects taught at Leiden University are: Molecular defects in human diseases, Cell signalling and biophysics and Inorganic chemistry in life. Subjects taught at TU Delft are: Applications of model organisms in modern biology research and Biocatalysis. The class Literature, research and validation is being taught at both universities.

Each subject/class, except for Literature, research and validation, is also open for enrolment separately by students with sufficient foreknowledge, e.g. as part of a free minor programme or as ‘keuzevak’. For separate enrolment in the class Literature, research and validation only LST-registered students are granted.


Registration for the minor Advanced LST, via U-Sis from 1 May 2015 until 15 August 2015.
Information on how to register for the minor in U-Sis can be found in this manual online

Information and Contact

Detailed information and a schedule can be found at the course ‘Minor Advanced LS&T’ on Blackboard-Leiden.
Coordinator: Dr. W.R.M. Schlaman