General guide to the Bachelor's degree
The Bachelor's programme is comprised of three years of 60 European Credits (EC). Each year is divided into four periods (quarters) of 15 EC of courses.
The first year is called 'Propedeuse' (sometimes spelled propaedeuse, from the greek προ andπαιδευω) which actually means preparatory education. Nowadays the first year is more than preparatory, but we keep the name and the tradition to celebrate the successful completion of the first-year programme with a ceremony and an informal get together.
First-year courses lay the foundation in knowledge and skills for all areas of the Bachelor's programme. The first year, however, also serves as a filter: if you are able to pass all first year courses, you should be able to handle the rest of the programme as well. If you fail to pass at least 39 EC in the first year, you can't continue the programme (See the appropriate section on Binding Study Advice in this prospectus).
Second and third year
In the first semester of the second year you will finish the core curriculum of the Bachelor's programme in Molecular Life Sciences. The second half of your Bachelor is called differentiation phase. You assemble your own combination of electives and specialization courses to suit your interests and prepare for a masters specialization. See the the appropriate section of this prospectus for more details on this.
Within the second and third year you also take some general skills courses that are available several times a year:
- Writing Skills
Throughout the whole bachelors programme you follow elements of the course on academic skills. The programme is concluded with a 12 EC research internship.
Electives: There is a list of priority electives. As a rule of thumb, your differentiation phase must cover at least 75% from this list.