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Life Science and Technology

Can we generate new organs from cells? How do biological molecules such as proteins and DNA work? Do you wonder to what extent it is possible to produce better medicine, enzymes or food using biotechnology?

In this degree programme in Life Science and Technology you will learn how to find answers to questions like these. This degree programme combines elements from a variety of disciplines, including biology, pharmacy, physics, chemistry and engineering. You will learn how to use this knowledge to create medical applications that make people better or improve their quality of life.

Our students and researchers study the intricate details of living organisms, but also try to build life-like systems from molecules that are not alive. If we are able to build such a synthetic cell we will understand the requirements for life much better, and we might be able to use these cells as factories for new bio-molecules. These are just a few examples of the things we explore. By the time you start this programme, numerous other new research projects will undoubtedly have started up. You’re bound to find something that arouses your interest.

Facts & Figures
BSc in Life Science and Technology
Course type
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Science and Engineering
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Life Science and Technology is a combination of different disciplines, including physics, chemistry and biology, biotechnology, health care and business
  • This Bachelor's degree programme starts with a broad based programme, after which you can make your choice for biotechnology, biomolecular sciences or molecular pharmacology
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike


The first year covers basic topics that are essential to the fields of biology, chemistry and physics. You will gain a solid foundation in the principles underlying a wide range of state-of-the-art technologies used in the life sciences and their applications.

The programme starts with courses such as:

  • Optics
  • Biochemistry for Life Sciences
  • Biophysics
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Calculus for Life Sciences
  • Mammalian Cell Biology
  • and practical courses

In the second year you continue with courses covering the breadth of the natural sciences, but there will also be courses on more technologically oriented topics, such as Biotechnology and Imaging.

During the third year, the programme allows students to choose a specialization in preparation for a Master's degree programme. Specializations include Chemistry, Biomolecular Sciences, Nanoscience, Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences or Biomedical Sciences. You will complete your Bachelor's programme with a Bachelor's project in the specialism of your choice.

Outstanding students can deepen and broaden their knowledge with an additional programme offered by the University of Groningen Honours College.

A Bachelor's degree consists of 180 ECTS in total. Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Techniek
  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

Admission requirements

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language test

Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage). More info:

other admission requirements

Before you apply!

When you cannot fulfil the vwo requirement, due to deficient profile or if you want to be admitted on the basis of a successfully passed first year of HBO or colloquium doctum, you need to submit an additional admission request via the Admission Board Bachelor programmes. Please go to this website for more information.

Participation in the matching process is a mandatory step within the application procedure. More information about matching can be found via this link.

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Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022

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Admission requirements

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additional subject

Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics,

This is merely an indication of required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor programme for which you applied.

language test

Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage):

previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

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other admission requirements

Before you apply!

In addition to the general end level requirements, the Bachelor's programme applies subject-specific requirements . The Admissions Board also needs to determine whether a student possesses the required background knowledge in subjects relevant to the Bachelor's programme.

Participation in the matching process is a mandatory step within the application procedure. More information about matching can be found via this link.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Bachelor's degree programme. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 13716full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

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After your studies

Job prospects

During the Life Science & Technology programme, you will develop a scientific way of thinking that you will use to solve practical problems. This analytical perspective is useful in all kinds of work, so you will have plenty of career options after graduating.

Want to become a researcher?

A lot of graduates become researchers, either for a short while or as a long-term career. The type of research will depend on the discipline you specialize in and the themes that play a role in your work environment. You can ask lecturers to suggest interesting ideas for research during your degree programme. They all love what they do and will be happy to help students who are interested in their particular discipline. The research you end up doing will depend on what themes are topical at that moment, and of course what interests you!

Other options

There are many other options in addition to becoming a researcher. You could become a manager or supervisor of a company or project group if you have the talent for it. Your knowledge of a broad range of disciplines will help you to understand the work of a wide range of specialists, such as technicians, physicists and chemists. You could also find a position as a policy advisor, press officer, teacher, educational consultant or science journalist.

Job examples

  • Researcher
  • Biomedical technologist
  • Policy advisor
  • Product developer
  • Health advisor
  • Information officer
  • Lecturer/teacher

Our Bachelor's degree programme in life science and technology is connected to the following research institutes of the University of Groningen:

GBB - Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute

GBB has the ambition to perform research of the highest standard in the field of biomolecular sciences, with a focus on proteins. We aim to understand the structure and dynamics of proteins in relation to their function and activity; to unravel the functional role of proteins in living cells; and to obtain insights in the fundamental properties of proteins that are relevant for application in health and the future bio-based economy.

Research groups: Bioinformatics , Biotransformation and Biocatalysis , Cell Biochemistry , Electron Microscopy , Membrane Enzymology , Microbial Physiology , Molecular Cell Biology , Molecular Genetics , Molecular Microbiology , Molecular Dynamics , Molecular Systems Biology , NMR , Protein Crystallography

Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

The mission of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry is to perform excellent research and teaching in molecular and supramolecular chemistry. Core activities in the chemical sciences such as bioorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular inorganic chemistry and molecular materials chemistry are embedded in the institute. The research programme is focussed on synthesis, catalysis, functional materials, bio-organic chemistry/chemical biology and systems chemistry/complex molecular systems.

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Our mission is the design and scientific study of materials for functionality. The strength of our institute lies in focused, curiosity-driven, symbiotic studies of functional materials involving researchers from physics, chemistry and biology. Our main driving force is the desire to understand how things work at the microscopic level, also known as the molecular scale. This is the realm of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In this field, the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials covers the whole chain from synthesizing materials, building devices, characterizing materials and devices, and investigating the theoretical foundation of their properties.

GRIP – Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy

Researchers at GRIP strive to find new and innovative drugs and therapies and wish to improve the use of existing drugs. GRIP’s research ambition is to contribute to the entire field of the pharmaceutical sciences, from basic areas such as chemical analysis and synthesis to pharmaceutical practice and patient-oriented research. Bridging the gap between the fundamental natural sciences (such as chemistry and physics) and the medical/clinical sciences in the field of medicinal products is the one of the core activities of the institute. Knowledge from different research disciplines is combined in the design and evaluation of optimal drugs, products and therapies that are being made available to society. Our research is of high societal impact with several drugs or related products developed in-house on the market or in clinical trials, several spin-offs, a strong portfolio of patents and research that contributes directly to healthcare policy making.

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						Testimonial of Rianne Prins

    There is still so much to discover

    – Rianne Prins
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    I currently work as a PhD student in the Molecular Microbiology group, under the supervision of Dr Billerbeck ( During my undergraduate studies, I followed course units in general subjects such as ecology, maths, biochemistry and genetics, plus a Minor in medicine, and I found myself intrigued by immunology and microbiology.

    I took part in the IGEM competition and started to develop an interest in synthetic biology and biotechnology. I really enjoyed all the research internships during my Master’s degree programme Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation, so I knew I wanted to continue in that direction.

    We work with killer toxins. These proteins are produced by yeast, which likely helps to compete for nutrients by killing other yeast and fungi in its environment. Killer toxins are interesting for many reasons, one particular reason being the rise in antimicrobial resistance, which urges the need for novel effective antimicrobial compounds. Some killer toxins can kill important human pathogens, such as Candida glabrata, and may be helpful in fighting these infections in the future. We isolate yeast from the environment to find novel killer toxins, investigate the properties, activity and function of these toxins, and use directed evolution to engineer them.

    When I arrive at work in the morning, I usually check whether the yeast or bacteria for my experiment have grown, or I analyse the results of experiments carried out the day before. We meet weekly to discuss our results and to help each other solve any problems we may have come across. I spend part of the day in the lab, doing experiments, and part in the office, analysing the data on the computer or planning new experiments.

    It is amazing to see how life works at the molecular level, and there is still so much to discover about the world that we live in! Hopefully, what we learn will help us to build a better and more sustainable world. We have the freedom to follow our curiosity, to come up with hypotheses and to try them out in the lab. I like how my work is both theoretical and practical. Sometimes, when you encounter problems during experiments, it takes some time to figure things out – but with a little patience and perseverance, we are usually able to solve any challenges together.

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						Testimonial of Sami Balahsioui

    An opportunity to develop myself

    – Sami Balahsioui
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    As a student in Groningen, there are lots of opportunities to become active in your student life by joining one of the many committees that exist for all types of associations or within the University. I became active within GLV Idun, the study association for Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Life Science and Technology.

    Over the years, I have been a member of several committees, where I organized fun activities for the association and learnt a lot about teamwork and planning. I am currently the chair of the association’s board. I not only became a board member to have a fun year, but I considered it an opportunity to develop myself and learn more about the structural organization of study associations and the University. I am able to work closely with my fellow board members and learn more about leadership, teamwork and communicative skills.

    I can definitely recommend students doing something beside their studies. During your student life, you will have enough freedom to do whatever you want. It is not only a great way of meeting new people; you are also able to learn one or two things that can be quite useful in your future career. Whether you become active at a study association, student association or a student sports association, it will be a great experience.

    After wrapping up my board year, I would like to start my Master’s degree programme in Biomedical Sciences in Groningen. The fact that the programme collaborates closely with the University Medical Center Groningen, where ground-breaking research is being performed, makes me very excited and it is something I wish to be involved in. I am looking forward to further developing my scientific skills and working in a medical-oriented environment.


Study associations

GLV Idun

GLV Idun (Groninger levenswetenschappenvereniging Idun) is the study association for bachelor and master students in the Life Sciences at the University of Groningen.
The association has 20 committees and organizes over 175 activities. The association has multiple purposes for its members; support in education, organizing social events, providing insights in future career paths, etc. Activities include parties and drinks, as wellThe members of a study association are characterized by their study program, contrary to a student association of which the members' study program is not relevant. Joining a study association gives an extra dimension to your student life in Groningen!
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

Aan het einde van je eerste studiejaar krijg je een bindend studieadvies. Je krijgt een positief studieadvies als je minimaal 45 ECTS hebt gehaald (op een totaal van 60 ECTS; de meeste vakken zijn 5 ECTS). Bij een negatief studieadvies (minder dan 45 ECTS) mag je helaas niet doorgaan met de opleiding.

Om ervoor te zorgen dat je precies weet waar je staat, krijg je al in december een voorlopig studieadvies. Heb je vragen over het bindend studieadvies of over je studievoortgang, neem dan zo snel mogelijk contact op met je studieadviseur.

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