Life Sciences

4 Years
Start date:
1st September.

You will be admitted to the 1st year of the Life Sciences Bachelors course with one of the following certificates of secondary education, e.g. International Baccalaureate, Abitur*, Fachhochschulereife

*Students with a VWO or Abitur certificate with sufficient marks in biology, chemistry and mathematics may be admitted to a special three-year Bachelors course.

Tuition fees:
2209.00 € per year for EU citizens. For other nationalies different fees apply.
Special remark

Application deadline: Start September 2018: deadline 15 August 2018
What is this programme about

Life Sciences gives you the skills and understanding to perform lab research in different scientific settings, including fundamental research and quality control. You can specialise in molecular plant biology, molecular pathogenesis, or biotechnology. Your practical experience combined with the knowledge and skills in science and project management will make you the linking pin between lab technicians and management, and between different departments.

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In your 1st year, you get a solid foundation in the life sciences, learning all the basic theories and lab techniques. At the same time you go hands-on with group projects. These include topics like cancer research, the development of vaccines and alternative energy sources.

Starting from the 2nd year, your lecturers challenge you to work more independently so you become experienced in setting up research, and analysing and interpreting research results. At the end of the 2nd year, you are ready to choose your specialisation:

  • molecular plant biology
  • molecular pathogenesis
  • biotechnology
    • In your 3rd year, you do a work placement of one semester at a research institute, a teaching hospital or a company in the Netherlands or abroad. This will boost your professional knowledge and skills and prepare you for the international job market. You are free to choose your own work placement, giving you the opportunity to experience the particular field you’re interested in. Some students have done their work placement at Keygene N.V., an agricultural biotech company, while others have been to the University of Bonn in Germany.

      In your 4th year, you’re ready to take your most challenging step so far: your graduation assignment. It gives you hands-on experience at designing and carrying out your very own research project at a company or research institute. This project focuses on a major issue in the field of life sciences. When it’s finished, you give a professional presentation of the results. You can do your graduation assignment at a company, research institute or hospital in the Netherlands or abroad. Students who went before you did their assignments at companies such as Merck/MSD and Synthon Biopharmacueticals, or at research departments of universities such as Dundee University in Scotland or the University of Queensland in Australia.

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      Modules and Courses during your studies

      1st year
      • Cell Biology
      • Molecular Biology
      • Biochemistry
      • Microbiology
      • Genetics
      • Chemistry
      • Laboratory Mathematics
      • Error Analysis
      • Bioinformatics
      • Mathematics
      • One-day mini work placement
      2nd year
      • Molecular and Biochemical Research
      • Interaction between Human, Plant and Microorganisms
      3rd year
      • Biomedical Research
      • Molecular Plant Biology
      • Biotechnology
      • Work Placement
      • Elective (3rd or 4th year)
      4th year
      • Elective (3rd or 4th year)
      • Graduation Assignment

      Job and Career prospects

      As a Life Sciences graduate, you can work in either the commercial and private sector. This could be at a research institute, a hospital, a health agency or a pharmaceutical company. The type of work includes researching diseases, designing new drugs or undertaking quality assurance.

      Our graduates get jobs as:

      • Research Assistant
      • Researcher
      • Junior Project Leader


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      Postbus 6960
      NL-6503 GL Nijmegen

      phone.: +31 24 353 05 00


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