Biology (Human and Molecular Biology) (B.Sc.)

Programme schedule

The six-semester Bachelor’s degree programme is a modular curriculum that offers established and proven modules in the areas of microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, botany, genetics/epigenetics, human genetics, physiology, neurobiology, virology, pharmacology/toxicology, developmental biology and structural biology, as well as newly conceived modules in the areas medical biology, immunology, anatomy, pathobiochemistry and bioinformatics.

An important feature of the B.Sc. curriculum is it interdisciplinary combination of subjects. Fundamental biological and scientific ideas are dealt with in the compulsory modules in the first three semesters.

In the 4th and 5th semesters, students take a total of six taught courses drawn from a wide range of compulsory elective modules that comprises six molecular biology modules and eight human biology modules. The more flexible and student-centred approach taken in semesters 4 and 5 makes this period in the degree programme the ideal time for students to integrate a study abroad period. Students can apply for financial assistance to help fund their study abroad initiatives.

In the 6th semester, students must complete an eight-week advanced module and must then select a specialist area from the wide range of disciplines in the life sciences and medicine in which they will carry out experimental studies that will form the basis of their final-year Bachelor’s project. It is also possible for students to choose an area of specialization in the neighbouring fields of chemistry, biophysics and bioinformatics.

The compulsory and compulsory elective courses are supplemented by language courses, such as ‘English for natural scientists’, and by a wide array of elective subjects. In addition to biological subjects, students can select essentially any other elective module offered by the university.  Biological elective modules can include, for instance, participation in excursions to study the developmental biology of marine organisms, compiling and drafting a short scientific publication, courses dealing with ethical issues in medicine and biology, the organization of a student conference, or working as a course tutor or student assistant.