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Bachelor in Life Sciences


Bachelor in Life Sciences - HAN University of Applied Sciences

The first year of the Life Science degree at HAN incorporates classroom study, a brief placement and 4 seperate student projects, to provide an extensive overview of the academic contents of the Life Sciences programme.

After successfully completing their foundation year, students begin the main phase of the Life Sciences programme, which lasts for an additional 3 years.

Students are taught lab techniques and research methodologies through a series of practical laboratory projects, supported by lectures and experts in the field.

The structure of the Life Sciences main study phase is as follows:

Year 2

  • Geminiation
  • Genetic variation an modification
  • Immunology
  • Expression systems

Year 3 & 4

  • Biochemistry
  • Minors (specialisation) options:
          1. Bioinformatics
          2. Plant Biotechnology
          3. Bio Process Technology
  • Placement during the last two terms
  • Final Thesis during the last two terms

A final assignment required studemts to plan and execute their own research project, often with an academic research team or a company R&D lab.

Admission requirements

Students wishing to study Life Science must meet the following requirements:

A certificate at higher secondary level involving science subjects such as: 

  • HAVO, old profiles NT with English, or NG with English
  • HAVO, new profiles NT, with English, or NG with English
  • VWO*, old profiles NT with English, NG with English,
  • VWO*, new profiles NT with English, NG with English  
  • International Baccalaureate 
  • Abitur* 
  • Fachhochschulereife 
  • Sekolah Menegah Atas (SMA) – (Indonesia)
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSE-A level)

A sufficient level of fluency in English: an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or a TOEFL score of at least 550 and a positive judgement after an interview with a English teacher to test if the English communication skill is sufficient.

This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:

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Nepalese student thrives at HAN

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Pramila Rijal came from Nepal to study life sciences at HAN University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. Pramila chose HAN because she was looking for a biology-related education program. Pramila has had great success within HAN's life sciences program, and will soon continue her PhD in Oxford.

Degree and diploma

Students successfully completing the Life Sciences course at HAN University of Applied Sciences obtain the Bachelor in Science.

HAN & Oxford join forces in research

Research conducted by HAN students and teachers of Life Sciences and Biochemistry is used by Oxford University to do further research. The aim of this HAN project, sponsored by Shell and Syngenta, is to predict the toxicity of certain substances on human reproduction and development. The roundworm (C. elegans), which is often used as a model organism in biochemistry, is central to the research.

Dr. Allison Woollard, dean and lecturer at Oxford University and colleague researcher Dr. Samantha Hughes held lectures at the HAN on 16 and 17 January 2013. Students presented and discussed the research results and received feedback from the two distinguished scientists. Teacher Remko Bosch commented that “ Approval of and feedback on the high level of our research from renowned scientists is worth so much more than receiving a grade”.

Students of Life Sciences and Biochemistry used mutant C. elegans as a research model for cancer. These results will be used by Dr Hughes’ department at Oxford in further research on C. elegans. The successful collaboration also resulted in 2 internship places for HAN students at Dr. Woollard’s department in Oxford.


EU/EEA student € 2,060
Non-EU student € 8,485

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HAN University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen

HAN University of Applied Sciences

Welcome to HAN University of Applied Sciences!

HAN University of Applied Sciences is located between two modern campuses in the twin cities of Nijmegen and Arnhem, in the eastern part of The Netherlands. It is one of the fastest growing universities of applied sciences in the country: with more than 31,000 students, 3,000 staff members and 3,000 international students.

The HAN University of Applied Sciences offers students high quality education set in an inspiring, entrepreneurial and innovative environment designed to meet individual needs and foster diverse skills and learning styles.

HAN University of Applied Sciences offers more than 84 Bachelors and Masters Programs that can be taken either full-time, part-time, online, separately or in combination through a variety of programs. In addition, students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester, or to opt for an internship period abroad. This helps to foster a truly international learning environment.

HAN University of Applied Sciences is home to a large number of international students and the HAN International Offices are the central information points for all international students. The International Offices are located on-campus at both Arnhem and Nijmegen and can provide advice and assistance on all sorts of issues concerning international students.

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HAN University of Applied Sciences, Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen

Kapittelweg 33
6503 Nijmegen
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