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General guide to the Bachelor's degree

Bachelor programme

Structure of the programme

A complete academic programme at the Faculty of Science (FoS) is 5 years, which is divided into three years for Bachelor's programme and two years for the Master phase. Radboud University offers one Bachelor programme and two Master programmes (Biology and Medical Biology) in the biology field. As of 2018-2019, English will be the main language of the complete academic programme in Biology.

The Biology Bachelor programme

The programme of the Bachelor is a two-phase system, which consists of a general phase and a differentiation phase. The general phase is 1.5 years and is considered a broad orientation phase. It comprises almost all elements from the Biology field, namely microorganisms, plants and animals, molecular and cellular courses, ecology and environmental courses, and human-oriented courses. Also academic and basic skills such as writing, presenting, statistics, mathematics, and bioinformatics are a part of the bachelor programme.
At the end of the first year (after receiving 60 ECTS) the propaedeutic “exam” will be rewarded during a ceremony.

In the differentiation phase, each student can choose a specific topic to specialise in. For this purpose, seven learning trajectories have been developed. The trajectories are Ecology, Microbiology, Physiology and Adaptation, Man and the Environment, Human Biology, Functional Genomics, and Neurobiology. All learning trajectories have courses in the first 1.5 years, enabling you to make an educated choice for the trajectory befitting of your interests. However, it is still possible to choose courses that do not specifically belong to the chosen trajectory to (further) broaden one’s own horizon. In addition to the learning trajectories, it is also possible to follow an (interdisciplinary) minor, which comprises almost always of 15 or 30 ECTS and has an obligatory design.
All of the minors at our faculty can be found here and more information about the learning trajectories can be found here.

It is important to take into account that Master specialisations, minors, and learning trajectories complement each other. Thus, some learning trajectories and minors will not grant access to the Master programme Medical Biology.
The final assignment of the Bachelor programme is a scientific internship of 12 ECTS at a research department of choice or even at a company. After finishing the full 180 ECTS, the grade of Bachelor of Science will be obtained.

The Masters Medical Biology and Biology

Both offered Master programmes have a duration of 2 years (120 ECTS). During these two years, you will start out with choosing a specialisation through which you will be able to focus on a specific field within (medical) biology. Depending on the chosen trajectory, students will be prepared for jobs in research, education, journalism in societal or corporate environments. After finishing the Master, the title Master of Science will be procured.