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What are the effects of climate change on marine life? What causes a disease like cancer and how can you prevent or cure it? What happens in the brain while you are asleep?The field of Biology is concerned with how plants, animals and humans are made up and how they function. The difference with biology at secondary school is that this degree programme involves more exact science: you will study more mathematics, physics and chemistry. Scientists are expanding their horizons more and more. As a biologist, you will increasingly work together with scientists of other disciplines. This interaction will provide you with useful knowledge.Choose the Major that suits you best!Many universities offer degree programmes in Biology. The big advantage of studying in Groningen is that you can choose the exact specialization that suits you best. After the broad-based first semester, which comprises course units that cover virtually all aspects of biology, you will choose a specialization that you are interested in, for example Ecology & Ecology or Biomedical Sciences.The second year is when you make your definitive choice of Major. You can choose from the following five Majors:Ecology and EvolutionMolecular Life SciencesBehaviour and NeurosciencesBiomedical SciencesIntegrative BiologyImportant: this programme has a fixed quota (numerus fixus), meaning that the application deadline is on




Bachelor of Science


3 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2023/2024

€ 2,314

€ 16,500


Application requirements

Sufficient background knowledge in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics is required. The Admissions Board will determine whether your background knowledge in these subjects is sufficient to start the Bachelor's degree programme of your choice.

You will need to submit proof of English proficiency in accordance with the requirements of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Please find our English language requirements (exemptions, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and more) on this page:

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education (vwo) is required. A list of qualifications that are considered equivalent to pre-university education in the Netherlands can be found here: If you have any questions concerning admission to the programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.n

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Tuition fees  
€ 2,314
€ 16,500
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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '23 15 Jan '23 15 Jan '23
1 Sep '24 15 Jan '24 15 Jan '24
1 Sep '25 15 Jan '25 15 Jan '25


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