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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 a selection procedure. Make sure you register in time.

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

Characteristics of the Groningen curriculum are: a problem-based programme which is both patient and student centred. Students should show a pro-active attitude during their studies.

What are the four learning communities?

Many of the things that you will learn during your Bachelor's degree will be the same in all four learning communities (general medical issues), the difference is in the deepening part. When choosing the themes for the four learning communities, we took note of the (expected) developments in care and the UMCG spearheads. You choose the learning community that fits your interests the best. Matching the right student to the right community is important, so you must spend some time studying the focuses of the learning communities. Each focus determines the angle of approach to deeper understanding of medical issues and varies from 'broad generalist' to 'in-depth specialist'.

The four learning communities are:

  • Global Health (English, broad)
  • Sustainable Care (Dutch, broad)
  • Intramural Care (Dutch, specialistic)
  • Molecular Medicine (English, specialistic)
1.3 Progress test year 1 (4 ECTS) (4 EC)
1.1 Causes of diseases (18 ECTS) (18 EC)
1.1 Competency Development (10 ECTS) (10 EC)

LC specific

1.2 Causes of diseases (17 ECTS) (17 EC)
1.2 Competency Development (11 ECTS) (11 EC)

LC specific


Kenmerken van het Groninger curriculum zijn: een probleemgestuurd programma waarin de patient en de student centraal staan. Van studenten wordt veel eigen activiteit verwacht.

Alle studenten die het bachelordiploma behalen hebben een gegarandeerde plek in de masteropleiding Geneeskunde.

Programme options
Medicine, Profile Sustainable Care (track)

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.

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Medicine, Profile Intramural Care (track)

Are you interested in optimizing the treatment of patients with complex medical conditions? Do you want to do this as part of a team made up of different healthcare professionals?

In the Intramural Care (IZ) Learning Community, you learn to translate a thorough understanding of a disease into top-quality medical care for individual patients and into excellent clinical research among groups of patients. The major challenge for intramural care in the coming years is the interdisciplinary treatment of patients, many of them elderly, with increasingly complex medical conditions. This care must be organized in a safe and transparent manner in line with the UMCG's high quality standards.Current healthcare is so complicated that successful treatment of a patient depends on many factors and not just on a single physician. The focus in this LC is on collaboration between different healthcare professionals. Furthermore, this LC pays extra attention to patient safety. Why do things go wrong sometimes and how can we learn from these situations for the future?In addition to safe, optimal care, this LC pays a lot of attention to the scientific research on which this care is based, and students also learn to carry out patient-related research themselves.

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Medicine, Profile Molecular Medicine (track)

Do you aspire to become a medical doctor with a profound understanding of the molecular mechanisms that cause disease?

You want to become a medical doctor. You are fascinated by the molecular mechanisms that go wrong during disease, and want to understand these. You may want to become a doctor who contributes to new treatments that have originated from your own research. Just like all students in the Bachelor program of Medicine, Molecular Medicine students learn all the medical knowledge that it takes to become a good doctor. In addition, Molecular Medicine students learn how science works, and how scientific discoveries make their way to patients. Every three weeks you work on a different assignment. For example, you learn to isolate DNA, and to detect a mutation in a patient. You use your imagination to create a new therapy for metabolic disorders. You learn to explain complex molecular information to children. You write research proposals, and you learn to read and write scientific publications.This is an international Program, where around 30% of the students originates from outside of the Netherlands. We teach in English. Your English should be sufficient to communicate, but does not need to be perfect.If you feel attracted to this Program, we hope that you join Molecular Medicine.

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Medicine, Profile Global Health (track)

Why is ethnicity important in studying diabetes? What is the risk of tuberculosis these days? What does “Right to Health” mean? What is the effect of poverty on health?

How do you deal with the cultural diversity of patients and colleagues when you are a general practitioner in Amsterdam (160 different nationalities)? How do you adapt treatment and prevention programmes to the specific target groups? How do global epidemics influence your work? In the Global Health learning community, we focus on the major factors that influence the health of individuals and populations worldwide. Their needs cannot be solved via Medicine alone. Therefore, the programme also includes an introduction to Finance, Law, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geopolitics and the work of the United Nations, and others.The student group will include many nationalities. The language in this community is English. You will have to prove your proficiency in Dutch during the Bachelor phase and might need to learn Dutch, before you can enter the Master in Medicine programme. Most clinical rotations in the Master phase are in the Netherlands. Yet research placements and some clinical rotations can be performed outside the Netherlands.We prepare our medical students for work as medical specialists, researchers or health policy makers anywhere in the world.

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Junior Scientific Masterclass (honours program)

Track for students interested in scientific research.

Het ideaal is dat er meer artsen komen die naast de patiëntenzorg ook (klinisch-)wetenschappelijk onderzoek doen. Er is een groot tekort aan arts-onderzoekers.

Het JSM programma begon voorzichtig met enkele cursussen, maar is inmiddels uitgegroeid tot een professionele – voor medische studenten aangepaste – opleiding naast de studie geneeskunde of tandheelkunde. De JSM biedt allerlei cursussen aan die van start gaan in de tweede helft van het eerste jaar, uitbreiden in het tweede en derde jaar, en – na het behalen van de bachelorgraad – zelfs de mogelijkheid bieden om te solliciteren naar een eventuele plaats om een promotieonderzoek te doen tijdens de Masterfase (het zogenaamde (D)MD/PhD-traject).

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 5 weeks

Internationale ervaring wordt vooral in de masterfase opgedaan. 65% van de studenten brengt een deel van de studietijd door in het buitenland.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Gezondheid


  • Natuur & Techniek


Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

For information about entry requirements, other than Dutch high school diploma's, please consult the RUG Admissions Guide: RUG Admissions Office:

other admission requirements

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

Choice of degree programme check

The University of Groningen organises Open Days three times a year. Prospective students can register for a presentation about Medicine (in Dutch or English) or visit the information market. The information presented is the same every Open Day, so it is not useful to visit the presentation about Medicine more than once. About the selection procedure no more/other information is given than is available online.

Registration procedure

Please note: Studielink only knows geneeskunde (=dutch for Medicine). Please select Geneeskunde in Studielink as the degree you want to apply for. We will ask you in a later stadium which learning community you want to participate in.

Choice of degree programme check

The University of Groningen organises Open Days three times a year. Prospective students can register for a presentation about Medicine (in Dutch or English) or visit the information market. The information presented is the same every Open Day, so it is not useful to visit the presentation about Medicine more than once. About the selection procedure no more/other information is given than is available online.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 January 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 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.

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After your studies

Job prospects

After receiving your Master's degree you can continue your work in the hospital to become a medical specialist, like a paediatrician or a surgeon. You can also work outside the hospital and train to become a general practitioner or psychiatrist, for example. In addition, you can carry out scientific research and study topics like congenital anomalies and aids. Other career possibilities are working as a teacher or as a policy advisor in a hospital or for the government.


The University of Groningen is a research university in the top segment of European academic research. Innovative research is being conducted in a great many academic fields. Research and education are closely knit in this inspiring and quality-focused work environment.
Researchers at the UMCG are involved in fundamental and patient-oriented (clinical) research. It's research is dynamic and innovative with an ongoing development of emerging programs and initiatives especially in its central field of expertise, Healthy Ageing. All these elements are reflected in the educational programme where students, as future academics, from the start of their study medicine are involved in their lecturers' research.

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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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