Why this programme?
The bachelor's programme in Biomedical Sciences explores how the human body works in day-to-day life, during periods of illness, while ageing and while performing to the very best of its ability. You explore the relationship between human beings and their environment from molecule, to gene, to cell and organ, to individual and to entire populations. The programme is often described as the ‘research side of medicine’. So if you would like to make a contribution to the health and wellbeing of others, but would prefer to not become a doctor, Biomedical Sciences is the right choice for you.
Broad and flexible programme
The flexible nature of the programme means you’ll have plenty of opportunity to specialise. You’ll start by taking mandatory courses, followed by several electives and a minor. This means you’ll have the opportunity to select the topics that best fit your talents and ambitions, allowing you to develop a unique professional profile within the field of biomedical sciences. A personal mentor will guide you in the decisions you'll have to make. You’ll complete your bachelor’s by writing a thesis.
At the interface of research, medicine and biology
Though this programme shares common ground with both biology and medicine, it has a notable different emphasis. In biology, you study the links between biological species and their environment. In medicine, you study the phenomenon of illness with the objective to heal individual patients. As a biomedical scientist (and a student Biomedical Sciences), you don't treat or get into contact with patients. Instead, you use scientific knowledge to gain insight into the processes underlying human health and disease.
Biomedical Sciences bachelor's student Chemène posts weekly about her experiences on Instagram. She's also happy to answer your questions about the programme and about (student) life in Maastricht.