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Medicine, profile Sustainable Care

How do you as a physician ensure that you orchestrate good care together with the patient?

How can we keep medical care accessible to everyone throughout their whole life? What is the most effective strategy for preventing depression following a myocardial infarction? How will we cope with the disease and financial burdens presented by obesity and diabetes mellitus? What kind of tailored care will be offered to the growing group of elderly patients? How can clinical research contribute to medical guidelines and protocols? How can we keep care personal and focused on the individual, despite guidelines and protocols?

This Learning Community the personal story of the patient is an important factor in the gathering of knowledge about disease and health. We investigate how this story can help us provide high-quality medical care. We focus on medical care characterized by continuity, effectiveness, timeliness, safety and affordability – in short, sustainable care. This LC thus concentrates on the way that medical health care will be shaped after 2025. If you want to help think about the future of sustainable care and the role you can play, this is the option for you. This LC is Dutch-speaking.

Facts & Figures
BSc in Medicine
Course type
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Medical Sciences
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Would you like to help patients and treat diseases? Perhaps as a doctor or a medical researcher? In this Bachelor programme you prepare yourself to do just that.

This three-year Bachelor programme offers you all you need for a career in Medicine. As a medical student you gain a lot of theoretical knowledge. In addition, you develop people skills and learn to work under pressure.

In this programme you learn through interaction with people. From the onset, you meet patients. Through their cases you are introduced to all medical disciplines. Independently or in small groups you work on assignments. And during a two-week internship you experience the everyday practice of a hospital ward.

In September 2014, we started a new teaching programme, G2020. G2020 has four learning communities, each with about 100 students. The context of learning differs in each community: 'Sustainable Care', 'Intramural Care', 'Molecular Medicine or 'Global Health'. You choose in advance which community appeals to you the most, and if you are selected you follow your entire Bachelor programme within that community. All communities lead to the same Bachelor degree certificate. After the Bachelor phase, students from all four learning communities enter the Master programme together, and if all goes well you leave university after six years as a physician (basisarts).

Only a limited number of students is accepted to the Bachelor degree in Medicine. Admission is obtained through decentralized selection. Make sure you register in time for this procedure.


As part of the community-specific teaching, students carry out integrated tasks. These tasks provide them with a deeper understanding of LC-specific aspects of themes from the basic programme. The goal of completing these tasks is to acquire competences that are relevant to working as a doctor in different settings.

Example task about patient-specific communication about cancer: This task focuses on the national breast cancer screening programme. Students learn to reflect on the benefits of cancer screening and learn how to present written information about the advantages and disadvantages of screening in a manner appropriate to patients. In this task, students write a patient information leaflet about the benefits of breast cancer screening. To support them in this task, seminars are offered on patient-specific communication, epidemiology and cancer registration, cell cycle and oncology and oncogenesis. Two coaching group meetings are held during the task period. In the first meeting, students prepare for the writing of the leaflet. In the second, the leaflets created are discussed and each group selects the best leaflet. Task duration is three weeks.

Programme options
Junior Scientific Masterclass (honours program)

For students who are interested in Biomedical research.

Het doel van JSM is om voor studenten geneeskunde, die geïnteresseerd zijn in het doen van wetenschappelijk onderzoek, extra mogelijkheden te creëren naast het bestaande onderwijsprogramma. Het ideaal is dat er meer artsen komen die naast de patiëntenzorg ook (klinisch-)wetenschappelijk onderzoek doen. Er is immers een groot tekort aan arts-onderzoekers.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Techniek


  • Natuur & Gezondheid


Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Informatie over vooropleidingseisen, buitenlandse diploma's en overige diploma's Commissie bijzondere toelating via email: admission

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Admission will include a decentralized selection procedure (not a ballot).

For information about the decentralized selection please check the following site:

Information about requirements and deficiencies:

previous education

For international students to be eligible to the program you must have attained the necessary qualifications for admittance into a Bachelor's in Medicine program in your own country; your secondary education must be comparable to Dutch VWO diploma and include qualifications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics + English. For more information send an e-mail to admission

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 100 attendees a year.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 32000full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 32000full-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.

Practical information for:

After your studies

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If you want to know more about the programme Medicine, profile Sustainable Care, please contact:

  • Admission Office (Informatie over toelating en selectie)
    Email: admission
Student profile

Taking responsibility and taking action, clear thinking and together with other professionals organizing healthcare around the patient, that is crucial in the learning community Sustainable Care. Are you willing to invest in an often long-term contact with your patients, are you a team player and do you have a healthy sense of humor? Then the community Sustainable Care can support you in becoming a doctor.

(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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