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
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.
Please note: the major Biomedical Engineering will probably continue in 2020-2021 as a seperate Bachelor's degree programme (under condition of accreditation); more information will be published here soon.
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.