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Life Science and Technology

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.

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?
  • The biomedical degree programmes have close ties with the University Medical Center Groningen. If you choose one of these programmes, you will spend a lot of time at the UMCG for practicals, among other things.
  • Best bachelor degree programme in Life Science and Technology in the Netherlands according to Dutch Higher Education Guide 2018.
  • 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 semester covers the basic topics that are essential for all fields of biology. After the first semester you can choose to follow the Major in Biomedical Engineering, which has a strong emphasis on biomedical design and applications, or the joint programme for the Majors in Molecular Life Sciences, Behaviour and Neurosciences and Biomedical Sciences. During the second year, these Majors will gradually start to differentiate.

In the third year, you start with a Minor of one semester, in which you can either broaden or deepen your knowledge. In the last semester, you will complete your Bachelor's programme with a Bachelor's project in the specialism of your choice. A bachelor degree consists of 180 ECTS in total. Credits per year: 60 ECTS; most courses are 5 ECTS.

Programme options
Biomedical Engineering (major)

This major is for interested people in both healthcare and technology.

A biomedical technologist designs and develops new diagnostic and treatment techniques for the healthcare sector. You will learn to communicate and cooperate with physicians, biologists, biochemists and engineers, all with different backgrounds.

Biomedical Sciences (major)

The focus of this major is the human as a biological creature.

Medical biologists want to understand the biological basis of diseases in humans and how diseases develop. Their aim is to develop better diagnostic and therapeutic programmes together with other scientists.

Behaviour & Neurosciences (major)

This major is for students who want to know how the brain works and why animals and humans behave the way they do.

You will gain insight into all manner of factors to do with behaviour, such as nurture conditions, the environment and endogenous processes.

Molecular Life Sciences (major)

This major is for students who want to do molecular science, such as studying of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells in their environment, or research into cellular functions.

Students can focus on the development of molecular technologies in medicine or in biotechnology, which will involve cooperating with many other disciplines.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Exchange: All our science and engineering programmes offer study abroad possibilities at a number of partner institutions. Our partners include top-100 universities in Europe (for example in Germany, UK, and Sweden) and in the USA, China, South-East Asia, and South America. Our exchange programmes have a typical duration of one semester and count toward your final degree.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • Natuur & Techniek

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Een voldoende voor je vwo-Engels is aan te bevelen omdat de opleiding Engelstalig is.

other admission requirements

Heb je een andere vooropleiding, zoals een HBO-propedeuse of een niet-toereikend vwo-diploma? Kijk dan voor meer informatie over de toelatingsprocedure via de Toelatingscommissie BSc opleidingen FSE op:

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

  • There is an online questionnaire.
  • The degree programme may invite the prospective student for an additional interview.

Explanatory notes

Meer informatie over matching:

Registration procedure

Als je in september met deze bacheloropleiding wil starten, moet je je vóór 1 mei aanmelden in Studielink. In maart of april ontvang je vervolgens op je e-mailadres dat je in Studielink hebt opgegeven, een URL naar een online vragenlijst. Deze vragenlijst moet je invullen, liefst binnen een week en uiterlijk 1 mei. Daarna word je mogelijk uitgenodigd voor een gesprek bij de opleiding in juni. Als je een uitnodiging krijgt, ontvang je die zo snel mogelijk na 1 mei. Dit gesprek is verplicht.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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

Proof of English proficiency is required: TOEFL IBT score of 92, a TOEFL CBT score of 237, a TOEFL PBT score of 580, an IELTS score of 6.5, a CAE or CPE certificate.

MAKE SURE TO VISIT for all the necessary information about required language tests.

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.

Please visit for more information.

other admission requirements


Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: for all the necessary information about the procedure and admission requirements.

If you apply, you participate in the mandatory matching process of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. More information:

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 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

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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 lines 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 working environment. You can ask your 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!
Naast het onderzoek zijn er veel andere mogelijkheden. Als je er talent voor hebt, naast je studie bestuurservaring opdoet en misschien enkele gerichte keuzevakken volgt, kun je heel goed manager of leidinggevende worden in een bedrijf of bij een projectgroep. Omdat je van veel vakgebieden iets afweet, kun je ook de diverse teamleden (technici, natuurkundigen, scheikundigen et cetera) beter begrijpen. Ook functies als beleidsadviseur, voorlichter, leraar, educatief medewerker of wetenschapsjournalist behoren tot de mogelijkheden.

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 and you gain some experience as a board member alongside your studies, and perhaps follow a few relevant electives. 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
  • Behavioural scientist
  • 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
Researcher: prof dr Driessen, A.J.M. 

GRIP – Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy

Academic degree programmes are characterized by relatively long, continuous research periods in the curriculum. Although the degree programme in Pharmacy is rather strongly oriented towards a future career as a pharmacist, a compulsory component in the Master's phase comprises a research project lasting about six months. This way, students will gain experience in academic research, which will enhance their academic development.

The international Master's degree programme in Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences and the international Top Master's degree programme in Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation are even more strongly research oriented.

The research project in the Pharmacy Master's degree programme can be completed at one of the eleven departments. In addition, possibilities are also offered by the UMCG, for example at the Hospital Pharmacy or the department of Clinical Chemistry. 

A Master's degree will grant admission to the PhD programme, which will lead to the conferral of a doctorate (PhD degree). The Groningen graduate schools, including GUIDE and BCN, offer challenging training programmes for PhD students. 

Research groups: Analytical Biochemistry, Drug Design, Pharmacotherapy and Pharmacological Patient Care, Molecular Pharmacology, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmaceutical Biology, Pharmaceutical Gene Modulation, Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology and Targeting


The Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES) fills a special niche in the field of life sciences that not only covers mechanistic, evolutionary and ecological approaches, but also specifically aims at the integration of these fields that are traditionally studied in isolation.

GELIFES is part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and embraces several research groups:

  • Behavioural & Physiological Ecology
  • Conservation Ecology Group
  • Evolutionary Genetics, Development & Behaviour
  • Genomics Research in Ecology & Evolution in Nature
  • Neurobiology
  • Theoretical Research in Evolutionary Life Sciences
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						Testimonial of Jurrian de Boer

    Interested in medical research

    – Jurrian de Boer
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    '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!’

						Testimonial of Jocelyn Dröge

    Spider in the web

    – Jocelyn Dröge
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    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.

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Study associations

GLV Idun

GLV Idun is the study association for students taking programmes in Biology and Life Science & Technology at the University of Groningen.
The association boasts more than 1,500 members and organizes study-related and social activities all year round. These include parties and drinks, as well as an annual conference, regular lunchtime lectures and a quarterly newsletter featuring scientific publications.
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

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