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Life Science and Technology

Do you want to use a microscope to study cells, but also understand how the microscope itself works? Do you want to design and synthesize molecules that can target specific molecules, cells or organs? What chemical reactions happen in the body when taking medication? Are you looking for a diversity in courses and a multidisciplinary approach to scientific questions?

In this degree programme in Life Science and Technology (LST) you will learn how to find answers to questions like these. This degree programme combines elements from a variety of disciplines, including chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics/computing sciences and pharmacology. You will learn how to use this knowledge so you can look at problems from different scientific angles.

Our lecturers study the intricate details of living organisms, each with their own perspective. If we want to understand signaling through our nervous system, we must understand electricity and charge differences across biological membranes. If we want to make more effective drugs, we have to understand the chemistry involved in creating drugs – and what happens to those drugs in the body.

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
Degree
BSc in Life Science and Technology
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56286
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
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 with applications extending to biotechnology, health care and business
  • This Bachelor's starts with a broad programme, after which you can make your choice for more specialized directions, like biomolecular sciences, molecular pharmacology, biophysics, and many more
  • Our faculty is the home of the Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and in Physics, Frits Zernike
Programme

Curriculum

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 first year starts with courses such as Optics, Biochemistry, Mammalian Cell Biology and practical courses. In the second year you continue with courses covering the breadth of the natural sciences, such as Bioinorganic Chemistry, Spectroscopic Tools, and Applied Microbiology. During the third year, students can choose courses from a variety of disciplines to prepare for a Master's degree programme. These disciplines include pharmacy, biology, chemistry, and physics. You will complete your Bachelor's programme with a research project in the specialty of your choice. Outstanding students can deepen and broaden their knowledge with an additional programme offered by the University of Groningen Honours College.

You can find a complete overview of all courses on: https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/rug/vak/showpos?opleiding=6277

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

  • VWO Natuur & Techniek
  • VWO Natuur & Gezondheid

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde

  • VWO Economie & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • VWO Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde B + natuurkunde + scheikunde

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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: https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

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.

Choice of degree programme check

More information about matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023

Choice of degree programme check

More information about matching: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

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

Language proficiency certificate for English (except for applicants with a Dutch vwo-diploma as well as the exemptions listed on the language exemptions webpage): https://www.rug.nl/fse/programme/admissions/bsc/language

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 http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/ for more information.

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.

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 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202301 September 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 15080full-time

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

Practical information for:

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.

After the Bachelor's programme you can move on to one of the Master's programmes in Chemistry, Biomolecular Sciences, Physics, Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences or Energy and Environmental Sciences. Within these Master's degree programmes, you can do research projects or internships in fields that interest you. For better examples of job prospects, check the information offered by Master's degree programmes at FSE.

Academic research

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. You can ask lecturers about their own research. 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!

Business, Policy, or Education

There are many other options in addition to becoming a researcher. Several Master’s degree programmes can help you prepare for a job outside of academic research. The Science Business & Policy track trains you for a job in a company or a governmental organization. With Science Education and Communication, you can become a teacher or a science journalist.

Both technology and society change rapidly in ways we can’t predict. Chances are that by the time you graduate with a Master’s degree programme, you end up with a job that doesn’t even exist yet.

Job examples

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

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 is a center for top-noted research and teaching in biomolecular sciences, hosting the subdisciplines biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysical chemistry, cell biology, chemical biology, enzymology, genetics, microbiology and systems biology.

The vision of GBB is to conduct transformative fundamental research on biomolecules and cellular systems to allow engineering of genetic circuits, metabolites, proteins/enzymes and cells for discovery and application. Theirresearch impacts upon mankind by providing solutions to urgent societal challenges in (microbial) biotechnology and health.

The twelve research groups in the institute currently center on the two focal areas ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Biological Processes’ and ‘Physiology and Systems Biology’. While the first focuses on generating molecular understanding of biomolecules (genes, metabolites, lipids, proteins) and complex machineries, the second area aims at attaining understanding of microbial (prokaryotic and eukaryotic) and mammalian cells at the systems level. Together they lay the foundation for the understanding of a living cell as well as the engineering of complex molecular and cellular systems or even synthetic cells.

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

The core mission of the Zernike institute for Advanced Materials is to combine physics, chemistry and biology approaches to study how biological and functional materials "work". Several groups focus on biophysical topics: studying how life "works" on the molecular level, but also how things go wrong in the case of disease. Their main driving force is the desire to understand what happens at the microscopic level, down to the molecular and atomic scale (nanoscience). Research topics include the creation of "green" and biomaterials, spectroscopic analysis of the structure and motion of biological molecules, molecular and cellular imaging methods, computer modeling of (disordered) proteins, and studies of self-assembly and aggregation in biology.

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 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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Contact

  • Academic Advisors FSE
  • Ask Our Students! (Like to talk about the programme and student life with someone currently studying LST?)
    Email: lststudents rug.nl
  • studyscience@rug.nl Studyscience (For general questions for all prospective students)
    Email: studyscience rug.nl
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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 (billerbecklab.com). 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 Thomas Westerhuis

    Being a student can mean so much more than just studying

    – Thomas Westerhuis
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    Hello! My name is Thomas Westerhuis, I am a 22-year-old student and I have been living in Groningen for four and a half years. I started studying at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, where I did the Bachelor's programme in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research.

    During those years, I developed a love for the complexity that life has to offer. The unlimited processes that need to work together flawlessly to keep the biological cell functioning have always inspired my awe and wonder. Based on these interests, it was only natural to start the Life Science and Technology programme at the University of Groningen.

    Besides studying, Groningen has a lot of different aspects to offer to give you a full student life. During your studies, you can embark on various social, sport, or other activities which allow you to meet a lot of different people. As for me, I became enthused by GLV Idun, the study association for the Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Life Science and Technology programmes. This year I became part of the board as chair of the association. As chairman, it is my job to manage the association and the board. My main occupation is making sure that the day-to-day tasks are fulfilled, but I also ensure that we reach the goals set in our policy, and make sure that we keep track of our long-term vision.


    I would recommend that you become active during your time at the University, as being a student can mean so much more than just studying. Whether you join a committee, a board, or a student assistantship at the University. Judging from my own experience, such positions can greatly benefit your personal, social, and organizational skills. Above all, I want to emphasize that it is also a lot of fun to take these kinds of responsibilities.

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						Testimonial of Marit van Kampen

    Questions that intrigue me

    – Marit van Kampen
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    I chose this degree programme because I am interested in how life works. How did we develop? How will we continue to evolve? These are the questions that intrigue me. In addition, I really enjoyed studying biology in secondary school, especially the internal processes of cells and animals. By following this degree programme, I was able to continue to learn about bodies and evolution whilst also gaining all the skills required to become a successful scientist and researcher.

    The objective of the Life Science and Technology degree programme is to understand life. An interest in all living things can take you far. Since this programme comprises course units from many different disciplines, there will always be at least one course unit per semester that you will really like.

    LST is a very, very technical take on the natural sciences. It is much more than just biology, chemistry, or physics. Most of the course units that are taught in the programme are organized by other degree programmes at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, but are then modified to some extent. This means that the cell biology course unit that you might follow might be mostly similar to the one taught to biology students, but the course unit on optics will lay more focus on practical applications (microscopes) than an average physics student might ever need. Most often, the course units will be intertwined and combined to create something with a practical outcome.

    General impressions aside: this degree programme is very interesting. In my opinion, it is definitely one of the harder programmes offered at the moment. Not because the course units are too difficult or the lecturers do not provide proper explanations, but because you have to be good at everything.

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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!
https://www.idun.nl/home
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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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