EUC pre med

Introduction to the Pre-Med Major at EUC

The Pre-Med Major at EUC is a specialization within our Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor programme designed to prepare you for medical studies. This programme requires you to earn 90 credits out of the total 180 credits needed for graduation. The remaining credits will be covered by other, elective courses from EUC's curriculum, not only including Life Sciences courses, but also courses in Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities. That’s why EUC’s pre-med programme goes beyond the traditional boundaries of monodisciplinary Bachelor studies and leaves you with a broad foundation of skills and knowledge.

Pathways After Pre-Med Major

Following graduation, the Pre-Med Major opens various options for you in the field of medicine and medical biology. You can choose to enter:

  • Erasmus MC Premaster program (in Dutch): Open to up to 24 Pre-Med graduates per year.
  • Other Biomedical Master programmes: Our graduates have pursued master degrees such as Brain and Mind Sciences at UCL, Engineering & Policy Analysis at TU Delft or Bioinformatics & Systems Biology at VU Amsterdam.

Pre-Med Curriculum Overview

In the Pre-Med Major, you will gain fundamental knowledge in Life Sciences and Medical Sciences. The fields of study include:

  • Fundamental biology, including biochemistry, molecular and  cellular biology, micro- and immuniobiology, human anatomy and physiology.
  • Selected health and disease issues.
  • The medical process and the scientific basis of medicine.
  • Epidemiology and research methodology.
  • Medical statistics.
  • General clinical skills, including anamnesis, physical examination, clinical reasoning, and therapeutic skills.
  • (Medical) professional behaviour.

The major requires completing 70 EC in mandatory courses and a capstone (15 EC).  Check below for the full list of courses.

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Human Physiology
  • Embryology & Development Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Micro- & Immunobiology
  • Follow the Doctor (pass/fail, 0 EC)

  • Pathology & Pathogenesis I - Cardiology
  • Pathology & Pathogenesis II - Pulmonology
  • Pathology & Pathogenesis III - Nephrology
  • Pathology & Pathogenesis IV - Nutritional and Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Pathology & Pathogenesis V - Metabolism and Hormonal T Regulation
  • Epidemiology & Global Health
  • Clinical Reasoning & Consultation (Quad 1-4, in Dutch)*

* The course Clinical Reasoning & Consultation is mandatory for students who wish to enter the Premaster programme (see above); students who are not proficient in the Dutch language and/or do not wish to enrol in the Premaster programme do not need to follow this course.

Entry requirements to EUC

To follow the Pre-Med Major, you need to be admitted into EUC. Please find admission requirements here

Entry Requirements for Pre-Med Major

After being admitted to EUC to enrol in the Pre-Med Major, you need to:

  • pass the EUC course ACC112 Basics of Life in the first year; and
  • have taken and passed the course LSC218 Life Support; and
  • have taken and passed the course LSC216 Medical Ethics; this course may also be taken during the second year, i.e. during the Pre-Med major.

Partnership with Erasmus MC

Upon completing the Pre-Med Major and passing a selection procedure, you can pursue a 1-year Premaster programme in Dutch at Erasmus MC. Successful completion of this Premaster program will grant you admission to the Medical Master programme at Erasmus MC (taught in Dutch). Note that mastering the Dutch language is essential for some Pre-Med courses in the 3rd year at EUC, while the rest of the programme is in English. EUC cooperates with the Language and Training Center (LTC) to offer optional Dutch language courses, which can be reimbursed as part of the programme. 

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Over the course of 3 years, me and my fellow Pre-Med peers gained a deep insight into the field of medicine through fascinating courses like Human Anatomy, Life Support, and Clinical Consultation & Reasoning. Unlike a regular medicine programme, Pre-Med allows you to take courses that you wouldn't normally take. For example, (computer) coding, sustainability, entrepreneurship, philosophy. This certainly gives you a better insight into the world around you and helps us become better world citizens.

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