M.Sc. On Campus

Drug Discovery and Safety

Leiden University

24 months
19600 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Drug Discovery and Safety MSc programme at Leiden University offers you scientific training on and hands-on experience with a range of state-of-the-art techniques, required for the discovery and characterization of novel drug targets and the synthesis and optimization of new drugs.


This Drug Discovery and Safety MSc programme at Leiden University provides you research-oriented education into the discovery of new drug targets and safe and effective lead molecules, particularly in the field of cancer, through a combination of advanced imaging techniques (‘systems microscopy’), in vitro and in vivo model systems, organic synthesis, molecular biology and pharmacology, and computational approaches.

Why study the Drug Discovery and Safety MSc programme at Leiden University?

  • The Drug Discovery and Safety specialisation is offered by the interdisciplinary research Division Drug Discovery and Safety of the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research  (LACDR) focusing on a wide variety of research themes from Drug Safety Sciences and Cancer Drug Target Discovery to Computational Biology, Chem- and Bioinformatics of Drug Targets, and Synthesis of Novel Tailored Drugs.
  • The strength of the programme is the research-oriented approach and the tailored programme designed for each student individually.
  • You study in an internationally, top-ranked research institute.

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.

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.


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