Biomedical Sciences

3 Years
Start date:
1st September. For other study start dates see programme website
Tuition fees:
Please see our tuition fees page
Special remark
Application Deadline: 1 May
What is this programme about

About Biomedical Sciences

The bachelor's programme in Biomedical Sciences explores how the human body works in day-to-day life, during periods of illness, while ageing and while performing to the very best of its ability. You explore the relationship between human beings and their environment from molecule, to gene, to cell and organ, to individual and to entire populations.

The bachelor’s programme Biomedical Sciences completely revolves around sickness and health and focusses on human biology. Biomedical Sciences is also described as ‘the research side of medicine’. During the programme you will do a lot of research in modern laboratories facilitated by Maastricht University.

Curriculum and Overview

The flexible nature of the programme means you will have plenty of opportunity to specialise. You’ll start by taking mandatory courses, followed by several electives and a minor. This means you’ll have the opportunity to select the topics that best fit your talents and ambitions, allowing you to develop a unique professional profile within the field of biomedical sciences.

The courses in the Biomedical sciences programma are highly integrated, which means that the courses approach different aspects of one topic simultaneously, e.g. in the course homeostasis of organ systems you will study both the physiology and the anatomy/histology of the different organs.

A personal mentor will guide you in the decisions you'll have to make. You’ll complete your bachelor’s by writing a thesis.

Problem-Based Learning

At Maastricht University, courses are taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In small groups of up to twelve students, you’ll work on practical assignments that approach a biomedical theme from different angles. You’ll gain knowledge, and you’ll also learn how to collaborate, present and set up a laboratory project.

Practical and research skills training sessions are also included. You discuss a given problem, set learning goals, study relevant literature and then meet to discuss your findings. You do this independently, but always under the supervision of a tutor.

“We call our professors by their first names, work in small groups of around 10 people and have quite a few practical training sessions in our schedule. This means that I’m not just learning facts, but also developing professional and social skills, such as intercultural communication, which will be crucial in my future career” (Faissal, student Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University)

International campus

Maastricht University (UM) is known for its international orientation. Our small-scale ‘international classroom’ brings together people from all over the world who have different backgrounds and perspectives. In last year’s intake of the Biomedical Sciences programme students with more than 35 different nationalities enrolled. And it’s these very differences in background that make the UM learning experience unique.

Our study programmes, too, are internationally oriented. They are focused on helping you get the best out of yourself and preparing you as well as possible for your future career, be it here or anywhere else in the world. Indeed, Maastricht is often said to feel like a little piece of ‘abroad’ right here in the Netherlands. Together with the many study-abroad opportunities enjoyed by our students, this makes studying at UM a truly international experience.

Job and Career prospects

The flexibility of the programme insures that you can pursue many different career paths after you’ve graduated. Your knowledge of the human body and the physiological and molecular processes that take place ensures that you'll be very popular amongst employers.

After all, you are not only an expert in the field that you specialised in, you have also had a lot of practical training in things such as communicating, writing, presenting and collaborating with people from other disciplines.

Examples of career paths: policy maker department of health, researcher pharmaceutical industry, clinical research associate, biology teacher, PhD researcher, researcher at biotech firms.

About Maastricht

Maastricht is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the Netherlands and that is no wonder. The city surprises you constantly with its mixture of 17th century mansions and ultramodern architecture. The cobblestone streets, the impressive churches and wonderful squares. More than 10 percent of the inhabitants are students, and almost half of those are international.

“Maastricht is a very lively and bustling city with a diverse student community” (Faissal, student Biomedical Sciences)

Since the Maastricht Treaty (1992) the city is known as the birthplace of the European Union. It is an international city that opens up to young and old, to people from all cultures and backgrounds, for students and working people.

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