Can we generate new organs from cells? How do you design an artificial heart valve? How do biological molecules such as proteins and DNA work?
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.
For example, we will develop prostheses that can assume bodily functions, or a blood clotting test to make open-heart surgery safer. We will also investigate whether working in shifts is really as unhealthy as we think, which matter in the brain is affected and how biomolecules interact. To this end, Life Science and Technology uses knowledge from various subject fields, such as biology, pharmacy, physics, chemistry and engineering.
Life Science and Technology is a hugely varied field of study, so you can specialize in the area that appeals to you the most. You can choose between Behaviour & Neurosciences, Molecular Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Technology.
Interested in medical research
'I started out studying Medicine, but only lasted two weeks. I'd spent a long time trying to choose between Medicine and LST, but there came a point when I had to concentrate on the decentralized selection procedure for Medicine.
I was offered a place and so I started, but I still had this nagging doubt. I was really more interested in medical research. I was hoping I could get into that with a degree in Medicine, but of course Medicine trains you to become a doctor, not a researcher. After many hours spent talking and weighing up my options, I switched to LST. And I’m very glad I did. Studying is never a chore because the course units are so interesting! My tip for others who are in doubt? Both LST and Medicine may be the right programmes for you, but they approach the world of medicine from vastly different perspectives!’
Spider in the web
During my degree I discovered that I didn't want a future in research. I have recently started as a CRA, or Clinical Research Associate, at a company that conducts contract research for big pharmaceutical companies. I am a spider in the web – I make sure that the doctors and nurses who are conducting the studies know exactly what they are supposed to do and which legislation applies. I have noticed that my medical-biological knowledge is very useful when I am talking to doctors.