Study track

Life Sciences

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Life Sciences

Understanding human diseases such as cancer, metabolic disorders, autoimmunity and infectious diseases at the level of cells and their molecules seems more important than ever. This knowledge enables researchers to develop new drugs, vaccines and other treatment strategies. And ensures that they can thoroughly cover technical principles such as recombinant DNA technology, bioinformatics and cell culture. You will gain practical experience in the laboratory with important techniques such as: immunological tests, biochemical analyzes and genetic screening. You will also become acquainted with the ethical and technical challenges that this type of research faces.

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This is the Life Sciences study track

During the first two study years you follow a basic programme, in which Chemistry and Life Sciences are central. You will learn to conduct experiments in the laboratory, interpret the results, plan follow-up examinations and communicate your results. Only in the third year do you choose a study track: Applied Chemistry or Life Sciences.

Year 3

You embark on the chosen study track and choose a minor or internship. For example, you can do an international internship, take courses at another university (pre-master) or conduct your own research or project in one of our research groups.

Year 4

In the fourth study year, you work on various research projects at one or two companies in the Netherlands or abroad. In your graduation research you must prove you have reached the Bachelor of Science level.


Life Sciences is part of the Chemistry programme

In the Chemistry degree programme at HZ, you focus on a broad field of work. You are given plenty of room to choose a route that suits you. Job prospects are excellent: the chemical sector is desperate for well-trained men and women. Whichever study route you choose, you will be trained to become an analytical and accurate researcher who will soon help the world move forward!

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Your future

After graduation

Further studies

Job prospects are excellent: the chemical sector is desperate for well-trained men and women. You can work in many professions, such as:

  • Biomedical analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Laboratory analyst
  • Biotechnologist
  • Lecturer in biology

Bachelor's degree

Congratulations, you have graduated! You may now use the title ‘Bachelor of Science’ after your name.

Further study

Do you want to continue studying after the bachelor degree programme? Then there are several options. For example, you can start a master’s track at various universities through a bridging programme, such as:

  • Master of Biology
  • Master of Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Biotechnology
  • Master of Molecular Life Sciences
Student stories

What our students say

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