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.
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.
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:
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.
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: