BSc in Pharmacy


Program Description

Many diseases can be treated effectively with medicines. Our Bachelor program is the first step towards becoming an all-round pharmaceutical expert and a career in the pharmacy or drug research lab.

Our Bachelor's degree program in Pharmacy combines chemistry with biology and medicine. Simply put, you will learn what medicines are, how they work, and how they are developed and administered. You will learn about human (patho) physiology, and the pharmacist's role in the quest for new compounds to prevent, halt or cure disease. Based on a strong research tradition, our multidisciplinary program provides a solid scientific foundation for students. If you're interested in healthcare, the program includes courses about the indispensable contribution of the pharmacist to patient care. If drug research is more of your thing, the program will open the door to the molecular world of pharmacy and how you can explore it. Students can choose from elective courses to individualize their programmes to their own specific interests.

Our BSc degree program offers you an academic basis to help you on your way to becoming a versatile healthcare professional. You will gain the tools to contribute to improved healthcare through medicines and therapies tailored to the individual patient.

Why study this program in Groningen?

  • Pharmacy research and education in Groningen is rooted in the natural sciences and has strong ties to the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). Our program thus provides a unique, bench-to-bedside learning experience.
  • In Groningen, you will be educated by skilled instructors, practicing pharmacists, and internationally renowned researchers.
  • We prepare our students for broader career opportunities in today's global society by offering our Pharmacy Bachelor program in English.
  • The Pharmacy program in Groningen ranks first in the annual Elsevier Student Survey of best degree programs in the Netherlands, as well as in the Keuzegids Universiteiten (Education Guide for Universities).
  • Our faculty has been home over the years to two Nobel Prize winners, one in Physics (Frits Zernike, 1953), the other more recently in Chemistry (Ben Feringa, 2016).



  • Academic Research & Communication Skills
  • Genetics
  • Global Health & Pharmacotherapy
  • Human Physiology & Pathology
  • Lab Course - Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Molecules & Reactivity
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis A
  • Pharmaceutical Technology & Biopharmacy
  • Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Receptor Pharmacology (including lab course)


Program structure

We offer a comprehensive selection of courses to introduce students to the pharmaceutical sciences in the broadest sense. All aspects are covered, including:

  • Rational drug design
  • Mechanisms of drug action
  • Analysis, delivery, and engineering of drugs
  • Drugs in practice

In addition to lectures, we offer extensive hands-on training in lab courses, as well as supervised tutorials. We implement the latest e-tools in our courses. Face-to-face interaction with students is our priority! As a student in our BSc program, you will be familiarized with future career opportunities by active participation in ongoing research programs and visits to both community and hospital pharmacies. Opportunities to take a look behind the scenes in the pharmaceutical industry will be offered as well.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Study abroad is optional in the major Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences; it is unaccommodated in the major Pharmacy.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject

Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry

This is merely an indication of the required background knowledge. The admissions board determines whether the specific contents of this/these course(s) meet the admission requirements of the bachelor program for which you applied.

language test Proficiency in English is an admission requirement for all English-taught degree programs.
previous education

Secondary education equivalent to Dutch pre-university education is required.

This is merely an indication of the required general level of applicants' previous education.

Language requirements

Exam Minimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) B2
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE) B2

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 14000 full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

Job prospects

Our program gives you ample freedom of choice when it comes to your opportunities after the Bachelor's. You can pursue a Master's degree in our healthcare-oriented, Dutch-taught Pharmacy Master program, and be trained as a pharmacist or pharmaceutical scientist. Research-oriented programs are offered by the Master of Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences (MPS) or the Master of Medical and Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation (MPDI).

An MPS or MPDI degree will prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical sciences or biomedical research, in academia or industry. With thorough knowledge about pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences, you will be widely employable.


As a pharmacist, you will strive for the best possible health- and patient care for each individual by helping fellow healthcare professionals select the therapies best matching a patient's requirements. Community pharmacists work closely with general practitioners and have personal contact with patients. Hospital pharmacists focus on specialized medicinal drugs, work together with other medical specialists and often conduct practice-oriented research.


Which genetic and/or environmental factors are the underlying cause(s) of a disease? How can we develop more effective medicines? Why do some patients respond to new drugs, whereas others do not? Scientists in pharmaceutical research seek answers to these and other questions. After completion of one of the aforementioned Master programs, you will be ready to pursue a career in pharmaceutical research.

Consultant or policy officer

Health insurers and the government are among those interested in our graduates for positions as policy officers, inspectors or consultants.

After the bachelor's degree program, you can also follow the master's degree program in Science Education & Communication.

Job examples

  • A qualified person in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Community pharmacist
  • Policy advisor for insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies or the government
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer


GRIP, the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy.

In Pharmacy, our academic educational program is strongly linked to our research program. We consider it important that our students are exposed to the latest research developments throughout the course of their studies. In the Pharmacy BSc, each student has the opportunity to conduct research to broaden his/her academic development.

In lectures, lab courses, and your own research project, you will be instructed by, and closely work together with, the scientific staff of our research institute, GRIP. These researchers are true specialists and belong to global experts in their respective fields.

At GRIP, our researchers strive to discover and refine medicines and devise ever more effective therapies. GRIP’s research ambition is to contribute to the pharmaceutical sciences as a whole, from basic areas, such as chemical analysis and synthesis, to pharmaceutical practice and patient-oriented research. Our efforts will help promote the new, patient-centric healthcare trend, personalized medicine, which seeks to improve patient care through individualized treatment.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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