Veer Shah, student Molecular and Biophysical Life Sciences

"Biology has been a key interest of mine ever since a young age. Over time, I developed new interests combining different aspects of chemistry, physics, pharmaceutics and a lot more. I am fascinated by understanding what is going on, both in and around us. Studying Molecular and Biophysical Life Sciences (MBLS) allows me to learn about all of those things on a molecular scale and really get to understand the key processes taking place in life around us. For example, genetics and inheritance are topics that I’m fascinated by. Through a high number of contact hours, a mixture of large and small group work in addition to interesting course content, MBLS has allowed me to deepen my knowledge in these subjects and discuss topics with equally enthusiastic peers and teachers.

The topics we cover in MBLS are in-depth and don’t just ‘scratch the surface’ of what’s out there and by following one of the study paths, you can follow courses and study topics in even more detail by tailoring your bachelor program to your interests and passions. Through electives and free electives, you get even more opportunities to study what interests you even if it isn’t specifically related to MBLS. Through all of this, it results in the bachelor program being full of exciting courses and information and it really lets you pick what you enjoy studying.

In the future, I aim to move to the business side of biotech and pharmaceuticals and be able to apply my in-depth knowledge that I will have gained through completing my MBLS bachelor in a different environment compared to research and academia."

Hannah Verwei, student Molecular Life Sciences

Zeno Diepstraten, honours student MBLS

Zeno Diepstraten, honours student

"After the first semester of my bachelor’s program, I was eager to delve deeper into what I had learned during my courses. Additionally, what remained after years of diverse high school education was an interest in fields of science beyond that of my own. For these reasons, I jumped at the opportunity of joining the honours program.

Being that the honours program includes both a disciplinary, deepening component and a Faculty of Science-wide, broadening component, the program is perfect for those interested in extending their horizons. The disciplinary component of the program comprises self-organized meetings about a broad range of topics associated with MBLS. For example, guest lectures about zombie ants and advanced microscopy techniques, a visit to a forensic science lab, but also social get-togethers like pub quizzes. Additionally, as part of the interdisciplinary Science Honours Academy, I attended symposia on topics ranging from AI and robotics to nutrition and food science organized by fellow honours students from diverse scientific backgrounds. The honours program even extends beyond borders with an annual international trip. During my visit to Paris, I not only had the opportunity to visit Sorbonne University but also got to explore the city with a bunch of new friends.

For me, the honours program was a welcomed change of pace from my bachelor program and has taught me a lot. I have made amazing new friends and learned to be more independent and confident in my ideas as a student. Moreover, I am glad I got to nurture some of my interests beyond my bachelor program and learn about topics I would have never encountered otherwise. All in all, joining the honours program has been a wonderful experience!"