Our focus on research

Our scientific research makes an important contribution to a safe, healthy, sustainable, prosperous and just world. Our research infrastructure, facilities and collections are world class. The university has 29 research institutes with 5 profile research areas, each of which collaborates across the borders of disciplines and nations. Our researchers are guided by the highest ambitions of quality and integrity, and integrate their teaching with research. Join them in pushing the boundaries of your discipline and making an impact on the world.

Combining different disciplines

Combining different disciplines, Leiden University researchers work together to formulate innovative solutions to societal problems. We distinguish five broad clusters of science areas and one overarching research theme (Artificial Intelligence):

  • Fundamentals of Science

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Languages, cultures and societies

  • Law, politics and administration

  • Life sciences

  • Artificial Intelligence

Facts & figures Research 2022

Facts en Figures Research

Did you know?

  • … that the Majorana particle that is a promising building block for the quantum computer was discovered in Leiden?

  • … that Leiden Professor Caspar Reuvens was the very first professor of Archaeology in history?

  • … that Leiden researchers are constantly engaged in finding answers to the question of how we can safeguard peace and justice in our complex and globalising society?