The life sciences program at HAN is geared to industry needs. And to working in an international environment. So you get the skills employers are looking for. Lab skills. Research skills. Communication skills. And much more.

Life Sciences: program in brief

A BSc in Life Sciences at HAN guides you through current research topics in life sciences. You explore a range of chemistry and biology topics. Like molecular biology, cell biology, microbiology, biochemistry and biotechnology.  

You also get loads of practice in the life science lab. There you work on group projects. Delve into the latest issues in the field. Boost your problem-solving skills. Become a better communicator. 

Finally, you get valuable professional experience. In short, this program opens doors to a rewarding international career.  

Solid foundation

Your 1st year gives you a solid foundation in the fundamental theories and techniques for the life science lab.

1st-year courses

You learn about the relevant topics in biology, chemistry and mathematics. You also work on group projects in the lab. For example, projects on cancer research, diagnosis of diseases and alternative energy sources. And you work in a professional life science lab during your mini internship. 

Online and on-campus

Due to the corona crisis a great deal of education has moved online. Meeting in person is also important, especially as a new 1st-year student. So, you'll get 1 day on campus per week, around 7 to 8 hours of classes. And you'll get 12 hours of online classes per week. You'll study and work on assignments at home. Once government measures are relaxed, you'll get even more time on campus.

Academic calendar

The academic year runs from September to August. In that time you have 42 weeks of education. The rest of the time you have holidays.


Are you missing home? Are your classes too challenging? Want advice about your internship? Your study coach is there to help you with such issues. They help you find effective ways to study. Support you in making choices about your future career. And guide you in your personal development. 

Growing independence

In the 2nd year of your BSc in Life Sciences, you start working more independently. On molecular and biochemical research. You set up experiments. Then analyze and interpret the results.

2nd year

A specific topic in the 2nd year is the interaction between humans, plants and microorganisms. By the end of the year you choose your specialization. Molecular plant biology, biomedical research or biotechnology. 

Professional experience

In your 3rd year you specialize in your chosen topic. Either molecular plant biology, biomedical research or biotechnology. Then you complete an internship focused on this area. Put your knowledge and skills to the test in a professional life science lab. This experience will be a great asset to future employers.


Your life sciences internship gets you ready for the international job market. Where you’ll go? To a teaching hospital, research institute or company in the Netherlands or abroad. The type of lab? One that researches cancer, for example, or perhaps a biotech lab. In your 2nd year you follow a preparation program that covers all the important aspects of the internship. 

Experience it for yourself!

Want to discover whether Life Sciences at HAN is the right choice for you? Experience it for yourself at the Online Open Day on 14 November. Our students and staff look forward to meeting you there!

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Graduation year

This is the 4th and final year of your BSc in Life Sciences. First, you choose a subject for your minor. This is a semester where you broaden your knowledge. Or gain more in-depth knowledge of a specific life sciences subject. Next, you choose your graduation assignment. That means doing research for a company or organization.


HAN offers excellent minors for Life Sciences students. Choose from Biomedical Research, Molecular Plant Biology, Biotechnology or Biorefinery. Want to broaden your experiences even further? Why not study at another university, in the Netherlands or abroad. Do you want to continue your studies after your BSc in Life Sciences? Then a bridging pre-master program is a great option for your minor.

Graduation project

The final challenge in your BSc in Life Sciences is your graduation project. It focuses on a major issue in the field of life sciences. You design and conduct your very own project on this issue. To conclude, you give a professional presentation of the results. Where you’ll do your assignment? At a company, research institute or hospital. In the Netherlands or abroad. 

Results of graduation project published!

Marta Bogaczyńska is originally from Poland. She graduated from the international Life Sciences program at HAN in 2017. Just 3 months later she co-authored an article in Cell Metabolism. That’s the leading journal on cell biology and endocrinology.  

Bachelor of Science

After 4 years of study you have earned your Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences. Congratulations! Ready to join an international company? Or continue your studies with a master or PhD? 

Bachelor of Science

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Find out about job opportunities, experiences of alumni and options for further studies in Life Sciences. 

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