Want to improve plant species, discover the origin of diseases or find ways to clean up contaminated soil? Study natural sciences and get the know-how to approach these challenges.
What are natural sciences?
Natural sciences are those forms of science that investigate the physical and natural world. Examples are physics, chemistry, geology and biology.
FAQs about Natural Sciences
An average starting salary* is around € 2,400. Over time, this would increase up to € 4,000 as you develop and take on a more senior position.
Here are some salary ranges for specific positions:
Position Average salary per month Laboratorium Analyst € 2,319 - € 3,960 Laboratorium Technician € 2,600 - € 3,990 Chemical Analyst € 2,750 - € 4,000 Microbiological Analyst € 2,380 - € 3,320 Biochemical Analyst € 2,380 - € 3,320
* The salaries shown here are for the Netherlands. They are based on gross amounts (before tax), for a 40-hour work week, excluding holiday pay. Salaries in other countries could be very different. Source: www.nationaleberoepengids.nl (in Dutch).
You would work in a lab environment in any one of the following industries:
- Public or private research institutes
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Textile industry
- Hospitals and public health
- Environmental agencies
- Food manufacturing
- Chemical companies
Your job prospects in this field are very good. Lab analysts are in high demand in the Netherlands. Driving this demand is the need for research into disease and medicines. Also, the need to find sustainable solutions for our food supply and for the materials we use on a daily basis.
Because this discipline is very research oriented, many students continue studying after their bachelor. Some continue with a master and others even go straight on to a PhD.
Sound like you?
• curious • go-getter • eager to learn • social • accurate • patient • hard worker • deliberate • disciplined
• analyzing, making connections • understanding and solving problems • doing research • chemistry • biology
• researching, experimenting • biology and microbiology • chemistry and biochemistry • nature, animals and plants • dna, genetics • analyzing and devising • delving into things
• helping people through research • contributing to a more sustainable and healthy society • helping to track hereditary diseases and develop medicines • clear expectations and goals • precision • reliability
• chemistry • biology • microbiology • helping people • research
Your profession: Do these jobs sound interesting?
- Technical support engineer
- Microbiological analyst
- Polymer chemist
- Laboratory analyst
- And more...
A life sciences degree puts you on track for a meaningful career. Ever thought about working on projects to cure diseases? Or doing research to solve environmental problems? Or to solve world food shortages? Study Life Sciences at HAN and get a head start on one of these rewarding paths.
Explore the fascinating world of analytical chemistry. You could be testing for pollutants in the environment. Analyzing what’s in the food we eat. Monitoring the quality of everyday products. Sound like you? Sign up for a rewarding science career and study Chemistry at HAN.
Master in Molecular Life Sciences: Further studies?
With a bachelor degree in natural sciences you can start working right away. Want to continue your studies? So you can get your skills to a higher level? Then a master degree is a great option. HAN offers the Master in Molecular Life Sciences in both full-time and part-time.
Natural Sciences: Exchange programs
Are you a student of one of our partner universities? Then you can study abroad with us for 1 semester. HAN offers a range of exchange programs in the field of Natural Sciences. Check out the programs on offer!
News and articles
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Russian student Arina Kochetkova (22) is following an internship at the Baker Institute in Melbourne. She’s enjoying everything Australia has to offer and is happy to share tips and experiences with her fellow HAN-students. “It can be difficult to reach institutes here, so start early!”
Chemistry student Kyndra recommends ASTP-program
Aruban Chemistry student Kyndra Farro (24) got a lot of inspiration from the extracurricular Analytical Sciences Talent Program (ASTP). “There are all these areas where you don’t expect analytical chemistry to be involved, but then you find out it is.”
Vice-president of the School Council: 'More psychological help for international students'
Sofia Aparicio González (22) is a third year Life Sciences student at HAN University of applied sciences. She’s from Panama, but decided to study abroad. “At first I wanted to go to Australia. But the year that I applied not only the forest fires happened, but also covid-19 struck. So I had to rethink where to go.”
From ice hockey to life sciences
Yavor Yordanov’s (23) story is both unusual and inspiring. At 18, he arrived in Nijmegen from Bulgaria to pursue a career as an ice hockey goalie. The covid pandemic ended this dream. But he'd also been studying Life Sciences at HAN. Yavor is now more motivated than ever to succeed: not as an ice hockey player, but as an academic. And for a very special reason.
“Dutch people are super nice, and direct”
Yunim Kim is an exchange student from South Korea who came to HAN for her Life Sciences studies. Having no trouble finding a room in Nijmegen, and after a highly enjoyable summer trip through Europe and of course HAN’s introduction week, her exchange is off to the perfect start.