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Does a career at the cutting edge of science appeal to you? Would you like to broaden your experience in a diverse range of Biotechnology and laboratory techniques? Here's your chance! The minor Biotechnology gives you insight into a quickly evolving research area, which offers many chances for innovative research. This programme is also available as an exchange semester.


  • Credits: 30
  • Language: English
  • Location: Groningen
  • Startdate: February 2024

About this minor

The minor Biotechnology is open to students from Hanze UAS and students from abroad. The programme focuses on the quickly evolving research area biotechnology, and is part of the bachelor programme Biology and Medical Research. This practice-based programme in Biotechnology will be focusing on topics such as microbial production, renewable energy and specific growth conditions in more detail.

Besides the theoretical modules, there is a strong emphasis on the practical execution of a research project during the laboratory courses. During these laboratory courses the students work as independent couples on designated research projects, that are usually part of ongoing research done at the knowledge institutes of Hanze University of Applied Sciences. For instance, in the past students have worked on the production of bioplastics, biogas production and the influence of growth of plants with different light wavelengths. 

What will you learn

  • Applying knowledge about biotechnology towards a real-life research project
  • Experience in practical research in the field of biotechnology
  • Project management
  • Working together with students from different backgrounds

Module Overview

  • Term 1 Molecular Biotechnology

    3 ECTS, Course code: BCVH18MOLBIO In this module, the molecular aspects of protein production are introduced and further explained. Which genetic elements play a role in protein purification. The cloning and expression of proteins from plasmids and vectors will be part of this, also in relation to the introduction of elements which help purification.

  • Term 1 Bioprocess Engineering

    3 ECTS, Course code: BCVH18BIOPROCESS In this module five specific biochemical routes (metabolic processes) will be discussed. For each metabolic process, the fundamentals will be explained in detail. Coupled to these processes, the application in bioprocess engineering is also covered. This includes the process of anaerobic digestion, in which students learn to calculate the yield of biogas from various types of biomass, and the photosynthetic processes, in which students learn the calculate the yield of algal biomass based on the amount of sunlight. The module also covers processes like denitrification, linked to waste water treatment and ethanol fermentation linked to the production of bioethanol.

  • Term 1 Laboratory Course

    8 ECTS, Course code: BOVH22RLABBT11 As indicated before, the minor has also a strong practical component (laboratory course), in which students work in couples on a specific project. The laboratory course is divided in two parts (theme 11 and theme 12), which are respectively 8 and 7 ECTS. The projects introduced in the minor Biotechnology have a strong link to ongoing research within Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The main aim is to (independently) work on a student project within the framework (boundaries) of a specific research project. During the first part (theme 11) students are setting up research protocols and preforming preliminary test, which results in the execution of a defined research project in the second part (theme 12). This setup requires the students to be competent to work in the lab, meaning that they should be acquainted with various types of analytical equipment (e.g. protein extractions, SDS-PAGE, DNA extractions, (real time) PCR, HPLC, GC, Spectrophotometric analysis).

  • Term 1 Dutch Language and Culture/Intercultural Team Building (Only for exchange students)

    1 ECTS, Course code: BOVH22RIAC1

  • Term 1 Medicinal Chemistry (only for Dutch students)

    3 ECTS, Course code: BCVH18BIOPROCESS

  • Term 2 Advanced Analysis of Biomolecules & Medicinal Chemistry

    5 ECTS, Course code: BOVH22RADVBIOMOL This module is a fusion of two modules, both linked to biochemistry. The first part focuses on protein purification strategies using different types of chromatographic techniques. Also analytical detection techniques, like MALDI-TOF are introduced. The module has a strong background in "Proteomics". The second part focuses on bio-organic chemistry linked to medicine production. This might be from a purely chemical background, but most of it will be linked to bio-organic compounds (plant components). Topics like 'drug delivery', but also stereochemistry of medicine and the benefit of using enzymes in production processes will be discusses.

  • Term 2 Biotechnology of plants

    3 ECTS, Course code: BCVH18BIOPLANTS This module focusses on the physiological aspects of the growth of plants. Productions of secondary metabolites which might have interesting applications, ways of influencing this production, e.g. by using various types of light (wavelengths) or other environmental conditions will be introduced. Also molecular cloning in plants will be discussed.

  • Term 2 Laboratory Course

    7 ECTS, Course code: BOVH22RLABBT12

Admission & application

This minor programme is available for students from the Hanze University of Applied sciences, students from other universities or universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands and exchange students. Below you find more information about each procedure.

  • Hanze-students Biology and Medical Laboratory Research - major Biological and Medical Research

    This minor is available for everyone from the Biological and Medical Research programme who has aquired 60 EC from the propaedeutic phase and 48 EC from the main phase. You can sign up via Osiris, up to 4 weeks before the start of the minor

  • Exchange students (molecular) Biology, Biotechnology or Biochemistry

    To enter this exchange minor, you must have completed two or three years of a bachelor's programme in the field of (molecular) Biology, Biotechnology or Biochemistry. We also require a CEFR level of B2 or higher. You can apply for this exchange semester via our International Office, more information can be found on the Exchange Application page (see contact tab for a direct link).

  • Students in the Netherlands (medical) Biology

    Students (Medical) Biology from an other another university or university of applied sciences can apply for this minor via the website Kies op Maat:

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