M.Sc. On Campus

Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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At the research-oriented Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology MSc programme at Leiden University you will focus on personalised medicine and novel systems-based approaches in translational and clinical pharmacology.


What does this master's programme entail?

The Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology MSc programme at Leiden University 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Regulation of Drug Safety
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry
  • A Clinical Pharmacologist Approach to Combat a Viral Pandemic
  • Signal Transduction and Hallmarks of Cancer
  • Quantitative Pharmacology
  • Model organisms in cancer drug discovery and development
  • Drug Delivery
  • Cell adhesion signaling in health and disease
  • Blood-Brain Barrier: Drug Transport to the Brain
  • Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry for Metabolomics
  • Biophysics and Bioengineering for Pharmaceutical Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

If you have a bachelor’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences or in a Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences-related programme from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have:

  • accumulated at least 150 EC (or the equivalence thereof) in courses/projects belonging to the domain of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and have had basic research training in the field of life science including a 16 EC, level 400 (or equivalent) final research assignment, covering all aspects of the research cycle and being concluded with a research thesis written in academic English, and an oral presentation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19600 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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