Molecular Biotechnology


About this minor

The global biotechnology industry enjoys more success and influence than ever before. Their innovations continue to improve the lives of people worldwide. The biotechnology industry uses biological systems for the production of antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, antitumour agents, anti-clotting factors, antibodies, but also food additives, biofuels and more.

This minor offers a glimpse into the dynamic world of modern biotechnology. We’ll explore the journey from discovering to harnessing and commercializing some of nature’s finest treasures, with a keen focus on the legal intricacies of patenting. You’ll also dive into the thriving biotech research happening within our university and the vibrant Leiden Bioscience Park. Together, this minor lays a solid foundation for students with aspirations in the exciting field of biotechnology. In this exciting minor, you’ll delve into the captivating world of biotechnology, exploring its diverse dimensions through plant, microbe, and animal cell-based systems. As you progress through this program, you’ll transform your expanding theoretical knowledge into real-world skills by crafting a compelling grant proposal. Furthermore, you’ll step into the realm of entrepreneurship, unlocking valuable insights into the ever-evolving domains of business and innovation. Prepare to embark on an exciting, hands-on biotech journey!

Good to know

The minor program in Molecular Biotechnology is designed for students who possess a strong foundation in molecular biology and genetics. This includes students majoring in fields such as Biology, Life Science and Technology, Molecular Science and Technology, Biomedical Sciences, Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nanobiology, or related disciplines.

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  • Credits
    ECTS 30
  • Level
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  • Start date

    1 September 2024

    • Ends
      2 February 2025
    • Term *
      Minor semester 1
    • Location
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