BSc in Life Science and Technology


Program Description

Can we generate new organs from cells? How do biological molecules such as proteins and DNA work? Do you wonder to what extent it is possible to produce better medicine, enzymes or food using biotechnology?

In this degree program in Life Science and Technology, you will learn how to find answers to questions like these. This degree program combines elements from a variety of disciplines, including biology, pharmacy, physics, chemistry, and engineering. You will learn how to use this knowledge to create medical applications that make people better or improve their quality of life.

Our students and researchers study the intricate details of living organisms but also try to build life-like systems from molecules that are not alive. If we are able to build such a synthetic cell we will understand the requirements for life much better, and we might be able to use these cells as factories for new bio-molecules. These are just a few examples of the things we explore. By the time you start this program, numerous other new research projects will undoubtedly have started up. You’re bound to find something that arouses your interest.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • The best bachelor degree program in Life Science and Technology in the Netherlands according to the Dutch Higher Education Guide 2018.
  • Our faculty is the home of the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ben Feringa, and the Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Frits Zernike.



You will gain a solid foundation in the principles underlying a wide range of state-of-the-art technologies used in life sciences and their applications. The first year covers basic topics that are essential to the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics.

The program starts with courses such as Optics, Cell Biology, Molecules, and Calculus (a subfield of Mathematics), and will continue with Human Physiology, Thermodynamics, Analytical Chemistry, and Programming. You will also follow practical courses.

In the second year, you continue with courses covering the breadth of the natural sciences, but there will also be courses on more technologically oriented topics, such as Biotechnology and Imaging.

During the third year, the program allows students to choose between specializations in Chemistry, Biomolecular Sciences, Nanoscience, Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences or Biomedical Sciences. These specializations prepare you for related Master's degree programs. You will complete your Bachelor's program with a Bachelor's project in the specialism of your choice. Outstanding students can deepen and broaden their knowledge with an additional program offered by the University of Groningen Honours College.

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

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject

Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics

This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor program for which you applied.

language test Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs.
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.

Registration procedure

The Admissions Board will decide whether you can be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program. Applications are evaluated on a continuous basis. You do not have to wait until the application deadline to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 14000 full-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.

Job prospects

During the Life Science & Technology program, 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 lines of work, so you will have plenty of career options after graduating.

Want to become a researcher?

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 and the themes that play a role in your working environment. You can ask your lecturers to suggest interesting ideas for research during your degree program. 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!

Other options

There are many other options in addition to becoming a researcher. You could become a manager or supervisor of a company or project group if you have the talent for it and you gain some experience as a board member alongside your studies, and perhaps follow a few relevant electives. Your knowledge of a broad range of disciplines will help you to understand the work of a wide range of specialists, such as technicians, physicists, and chemists. You could also find a position as a policy advisor, press officer, teacher, educational consultant or science journalist.

Job examples

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


Our Bachelor's degree program 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 has the ambition to perform research of the highest standard in the field of biomolecular sciences, with a focus on proteins. We aim to understand the structure and dynamics of proteins in relation to their function and activity; to unravel the functional role of proteins in living cells; and to obtain insights into the fundamental properties of proteins that are relevant for application in health and the future bio-based economy.

Research groups: Bioinformatics, Biotransformation and Biocatalysis, Cell Biochemistry, Electron Microscopy, Membrane Enzymology, Microbial Physiology, Molecular Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Microbiology, Molecular Dynamics, Molecular Systems Biology, NMR, Protein Crystallography

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 program is focussed on synthesis, catalysis, functional materials, bio-organic chemistry/chemical biology, and systems chemistry/complex molecular systems.

Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials

Our mission is the design and scientific study of materials for functionality. The strength of our institute lies in focused, curiosity-driven, symbiotic studies of functional materials involving researchers from physics, chemistry, and biology. Our main driving force is the desire to understand how things work at the microscopic level, also known as the molecular scale. This is the realm of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In this field, the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials covers the whole chain from synthesizing materials, building devices, characterizing materials and devices, and investigating the theoretical foundation of their properties.

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 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 policymaking.

Last updated Jun 2020

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