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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?

Please note: this Bachelor's degree programme will have a new curriculum as of September 2020, as described below. The former major Biomedical Engineering will continue in 2020-2021 as a seperate Bachelor's degree programme. The other majors are now part of Biology.

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, molecular pharmacology or nanoscience
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.


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

The programme starts with courses such as Optics, Cell Biology, Molecules and Calculus (a subfield of Mathematics), and will continue with Human Physiology, Thermodynamics, Analytical Chemistry and Programming. You will also follow 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 between specializations in Chemistry, Biomolecular Sciences, Nanoscience, Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences or Biomedical Sciences. These specializations prepare you for related Master's degree programmes. 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

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

other admission requirements

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

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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

Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programmes. Please find our English language requirements (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page:

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


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:

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 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
01 May 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 14000full-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!

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

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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If you want to know more about the programme Life Science and Technology, please contact:

  • Academic Advisor
  • (For international students who are interested in a Campus Tour or have other practical questions)
    Email: sciencebachelors

Study associations

GLV Idun

GLV Idun is the study association for students taking programmes in Biology, Life Science & Technology and Biomedical Engineering 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)

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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