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Many diseases can be treated effectively with medicines. Our Bachelor programme is the first step towards becoming an all-round pharmaceutical expert and a career in the pharmacy or drug research lab.

Our Bachelor degree programme in Pharmacy combines chemistry with biology and medicine. Simply put, you will learn what medicines are, how they work, and how they are developed and administered. You will learn about human (patho)physiology, and the pharmacist's role in the quest for new compounds to prevent, halt or cure disease. Based on a strong research tradition, our multidisciplinary programme provides a solid scientific foundation for students. If you're interested in healthcare, the programme includes courses about the indispensable contribution of the pharmacist to patient care. If drug research is more your thing, the programme will open the door to the molecular world of pharmacy and how you can explore it. Students can choose from elective courses to individualize their programmes to their own specific interests.

Our BSc degree programme offers you the academic basis to help you on your way to becoming a versatile healthcare professional. You will gain the tools to contribute to improved healthcare through medicines and therapies tailored to the individual patient.


Facts & Figures
Degree
BSc in Pharmacy
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56157
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Science and Engineering
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • Pharmacy research and education in Groningen is rooted in the natural sciences and has strong ties to the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). Our programme thus provides a unique, bench-to-bedside learning experience.
  • In Groningen, you will be educated by skilled instructors, practicing pharmacists, and internationally renowned researchers.
  • We prepare our students for broader career opportunities in today's global society by offering our Pharmacy Bachelor programme in English.
  • The Pharmacy programme in Groningen ranks first in the annual Elsevier Student Survey of best degree programmes in the Netherlands, as well as in the Keuzegids Universiteiten (Education Guide for Universities).
  • Our faculty has been home over the years to two Nobel Prize winners, one in Physics (Frits Zernike, 1953), the other more recently in Chemistry (Ben Feringa, 2016).
Programme
Courses
Academic Research & Communication Skills
Genetics
Global Health & Pharmacotherapy
Human Physiology & Pathology
Lab Course - Molecular Biology of the Cell
Mathematics & Statistics
Molecular Biology of the Cell
Molecules & Reactivity
Pharmaceutical Analysis A
Pharmaceutical Technology & Biopharmacy
Physiology & Pharmacology
Receptor Pharmacology (including lab course)

Curriculum

Programme structure

We offer a comprehensive selection of courses to introduce students to the pharmaceutical sciences in the broadest sense. All aspects are covered, including:

  • Rational drug design
  • Mechanisms of drug action
  • Analysis, delivery and engineering of drugs
  • Drugs in practice

In addition to lectures, we offer extensive hands-on training in lab courses, as well as supervised tutorials. We implement the latest e-tools in our courses. Face-to-face interaction with students is our priority! As a student in our BSc programme, you will be familiarized with future career opportunities by active participation in ongoing research programs and visits to both community and hospital pharmacies. Opportunities to take a look behind the scenes in pharmaceutical industry will be offered as well.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Study abroad is optional in the major Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences; it is unaccommodated in the major Pharmacy.

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    (wiskunde A of wiskunde B) + natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • Economie & Maatschappij

    natuurkunde + scheikunde

  • Natuur & Gezondheid

    natuurkunde

  • Natuur & Techniek

Admission requirements

BEFORE YOU APPLY!

Make sure to visit 'BSc Application Procedure' at: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/ 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: https://www.rug.nl/fse/education/matching

Choice of degree programme check

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

Explanatory notes

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

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.

Choice of degree programme check

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry,

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: 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the 'BSc Application Procedure' pages at: http://www.rug.nl/fwn/fmns-programme/admissions/bsc/

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)B2
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)B2

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-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.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Our programme gives you ample freedom of choice when it comes to your opportunities after the Bachelor. You can pursue a Master's degree in our healthcare-oriented, Dutch-taught Pharmacy Master programme, and be trained as a pharmacist or pharmaceutical scientist. Research-oriented programmes are offered by the Master of Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS) or the Master of Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI).

An MPS or MPDI degree will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical sciences or biomedical research, in academia or industry. With a thorough knowledge about pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences, you will be widely employable.

Pharmacist

As a pharmacist, you will strive for the best possible health- and patient care for each individual by helping fellow healthcare professionals select the therapies best matching a patient's requirements. Community pharmacists work closely with general practitioners and have personal contact with patients. Hospital pharmacists focus on specialized medicinal drugs, work together with other medical specialists and often conduct practice-oriented research.

Researcher

Which genetic and/or environmental factors are the underlying cause(s) of a disease? How can we develop more effective medicines? Why do some patients respond to new drugs, whereas others do not? Scientists in pharmaceutical research seek answers to these and other questions. After completion of one of the aforementioned Master programmes, you will be ready to pursue a career in pharmaceutical research.

Consultant or policy officer

Health insurers and the government are among those interested in our graduates for positions as policy officers, inspectors or consultants.

After the bachelor's degree programme, you can also follow the master's degree programme Science Education & Communication.

Job examples

  • Qualified person in pharmaceutical industry
  • Community pharmacist
  • Policy advisor for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies or the government
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
Research

GRIP, the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy.

In Pharmacy, our academic educational programme is strongly linked to our research programme. We consider it important that our students are exposed to the latest research developments throughout the course of their studies. In the Pharmacy BSc, each student has the opportunity to conduct research to broaden his/her academic development.

In lectures, lab courses and your own research project, you will be instructed by, and closely work together with, the scientific staff of our research institute, GRIP. These researchers are true specialists, and belong to the global experts in their respective fields.

At GRIP, our researchers strive to discover and refine medicines and devise ever more effective therapies. GRIP’s research ambition is to contribute to the pharmaceutical sciences as a whole, from basic areas, such as chemical analysis and synthesis, to pharmaceutical practice and patient-oriented research. Our efforts will help promote the new, patient-centric healthcare trend, personalized medicine, which seeks to improve patient care through individualized treatment.

Interested in reading more about GRIP? You can find more information about our research at http://www.rug.nl/research/grip/research/




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						Testimonial of Quincy de Hoog

    We do fun things together and encourage each other to study

    – Quincy de Hoog
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    'I moved into student accommodation as soon as I started university. In the first year, I concentrated on studying and exams. In the second year, I joined a committee of the study association, Pharmaciae Sacrum.

    I enjoyed it so much that I went on to become the President. I had to temporarily suspend my studies for this, but I gained so much experience from it that I would happily do it again. Together with some fellow students, we have established a fraternity for Pharmacy students. We do fun things together, but also encourage each other to study.

    I have also had various jobs on the side, usually associated with pharmacy. I have worked at various pharmacies all over the Netherlands, and I am currently working in the pharmacy at the Wilhelmina hospital in Assen. I have thus seen several pharmacies from the inside, even before my first official internship. I can really recommend getting a part-time job, although I can usually only work weekends due to the many lab courses I have during the week.’

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						Testimonial of Marjolein Kroonen

    Marjolein Kroonen does clinical medicine research with PRA Health Sciences in Groningen

    – Marjolein Kroonen
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    Marjolein Kroonen does clinical medicine research with PRA Health Sciences in Groningen. Pharmaceutical companies who wish to test a new substance go to PRA Health Sciences to have trials conducted with human subjects.

    As project manager, Marjolein ensures that the various departments do what is required of them after an order for a trial has been received, so that volunteers can be recruited, funding can be arranged, a protocol can be drafted, the medical staff in the clinic can be instructed and the results can be processed. She maintains contact with the client throughout the entire research project.

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						Testimonial of Spoozhmay Wardak

    The fundamentals of all scientific subjects

    – Spoozhmay Wardak
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    'Since 2013, I have lived in the Netherlands. After passing the Dutch civic integration test, I enrolled for a BSc in Pharmacy in September 2018. Because I already have a BSc in Pharmacy from Kabul University, Afghanistan, I have been given the chance to complete the programme in a shorter period.

    Studying pharmacy gives me the chance not only to master medicinal/pharmacological knowledge, but also the fundamentals of all scientific subjects, like biology, chemistry and mathematics. Pharmacology is of course the main subject, but I’m also interested in ethics and the social science in pharmacy.

    Pharmacy is the profession that gives me the knowledge and power to plan a wide and bright future. My plan is to finish my study and to work in public health aspects of pharmacy, or maybe in research.’

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						Testimonial of ARCS

    Get a taste of what academic research entails

    – ARCS
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    An important course is ARCS. ARCS stands for Academic Research and Communication Skills. This course teaches students in the Bachelor to read, write, present and become familiar with academic research. In their first year, students get a taste of what academic research entails, and present their own research in small groups at a Poster Symposium (shown in picture).

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Study associations

Pharmaciae Sacrum

G.F.S.V. 'Pharmaciae Sacrum' is the study association for students of Pharmacy in Groningen.
Pharmaciae Sacrum, Latin for 'holy pharmacy', was founded on 12 December 1881, making it the oldest study association in Groningen and the second oldest in the Netherlands. G.F.S.V. 'Pharmaciae Sacrum' organizes various events, including lectures, sports days, excursions and drinks parties. It also publishes a newsletter called Foliolum.
https://www.psgroningen.nl/
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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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