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.
We do fun things together and encourage each other to study
'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.’
Marjolein Kroonen does clinical medicine research with PRA Health Sciences in Groningen
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.
The fundamentals of all scientific subjects
'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.’
Get a taste of what academic research entails
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).