Liberal Arts and Sciences

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Unsplashed background img 2

Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at University College Groningen educates ambitious and multi-talented students to develop creative and innovative solutions for challenges of today's society.

The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme at UCG enables you to study a wide variety of academic disciplines and to build your own programme to fit your individual skills, interests and ambitions. Whether you're interested in physics or economics, psychology or philosophy, you can study a broad range of subjects whilst developing specialist knowledge in your major discipline. In the first year you will eplore the LAS disciplinary fields (Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities) before choosing one of those fields as a major for your second and third year. You can also choose a free major. The programme focuses on interdisciplinary knowledge, and teaches you to apply creative approaches to complex problems in a series of integrative projects that address real-world societal challenges. You'll also study Research and Methodology courses (including logic, math and philosophy of science) and have the option for an international experience (e.g. study abroad) in your third year. The programme prepares you for Masters degrees and careers in many different fields including Business, the Arts, Scientific research, Governmental Organizations, NGO's, and more.

open_in_newstudy website


diplomaBA/BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences
typeregulier, 180 EC
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

awardKeuzegids topopleiding
The academic profile of the programme is unique as it is inspired by the three leading societal profiles of the University of Groningen: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society. In this context the programme has a strong emphasis on societal impact. The methodological approach to complex societal challenges is characterised by the perspectives of creating horizon through imagination and creating scholarship and leadership through invention and academic innovation.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Open dag Groningen
Welke studie sluit het best aan bij jouw interesses en toekomstplannen? In welke stad zie je jezelf wel minstens vier jaar wonen? Welke masteropleidingen kun je gaan volgen na de bachelor van je keuze? En op wat voor soort banen bereidt de opleiding voor?
Open Dag Groningen
Welke studie sluit het best aan bij jouw interesses en toekomstplannen? In welke stad zie je jezelf wel minstens vier jaar wonen?


Unsplashed background img 2
opbouwThe first year consists of 30 required credits in Exploring Challenges, Research & Methodology, Skills & Projects and Academic Writing. The other 30 credits are up to the student: courses can be chosen from a wide variety of topics and disciplines, ranging from physics to psychology and everything inbetween. After the first year, students are able to choose their major orientation and specialize in a particular academic field. The academic core runs through all three years of the program.
1e jaar The emphasis is on orientation and ideas, seeing and identifying problems and imagining solutions, and students learn to provide informed suggestions on how to contribute to the challenges of modern society. Continuous elements are the Skills & Projects line and the research and methodology courses, both of which help you to reflect on and integrate what you learn in the disciplinary subjects.
Exploring Challenges of Modern Society
7.5 EC
Academic Writing
2.5 EC
Skills & Projects
10 EC
Research and Methodology
10 EC
Elective modules from sciences, social sciences and humanities keuzevak
30 EC
2e jaar The second year of the programme focuses on disciplinary specialisation by deepening competences through research methods and major courses. An analytical approach is encouraged as you learn to apply the scientific notions from your major orientation in interdisciplinary projects and learn to convert grand ideas and designs into coherent and theoretically robust solutions.
3e jaar The third year focuses on working on advanced competences and skills to solve complex societal problems. Individualised specialisation and preparation for post-bachelor learning and development are offered through additional major and minor courses. In the Skills and Projects-learning line, the students work in groups on how to make theoretically sound solutions effective: creating leadership. In addition, they work individually on their Bachelor's thesis project.


specialisatie Health and Life Sciences

The Health and Life Sciences major orientation provides a comprehensive understanding of mechanisms underlying the normal development and function of humans, and of mechanisms causing disease.

It includes mandatory courses on the living cell and the human body, discipline-oriented research methods, and electives in topical fields grouped around general courses, system- and disease-oriented courses and interdisciplinary electives, all related to the research theme on Healthy Ageing.

specialisatie Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This programme offers a broad orientation on social phenomena, building on core ingredients of philosophy, political science and economics.

In the PPE major, students may choose to explore topics related to institutional design in general and sustainability in particular. Typical topics are history of philosophy, philosophy of science, ethics, logic, political science and international relations, microeconomics, markets and regulation and (international) macroeconomic theory and policy.

specialisatie Brain, Behaviour and Culture

The major orientation Brain, Behaviour and Culture offers a programme in psychology, cognitive sciences and culture studies, as well as closely related disciplines.

The major orientation starts with a choice between the courses 'Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience' and 'Social Environment and Behaviour'. A core topic is the History and Philosophy of the Mind and Society. Students may choose among a wide range of themes within Psychology and related disciplinary fields such as Consumer and Economic Psychology, Social Influence, Organisational Change, Social Cognition, Neuropsychology, Cognition and Attention, Gerontology and Perception. The topics can be explored further in relation to the three research themes.

specialisatie Reflecting on Culture: History and Criticism

This major orientation takes the self-reflective capacities of culture as its point of departure and offers two strands: the historical approach and the critical approach.

There are courses on cultural history, cultural analysis, a particular medium of art (film, television, literature, theatre and music), a particular historical period, the methods and methodology of the Humanities. This major orientation offers, in both approaches, the interpretative method and critical approach (textual hermeneutics) which form its methodological point of departure. The topics studied are most closely related to the research within the theme of Sustainable Society.

specialisatie Physics of Energy

This major orientation covers physics with an emphasis on energy and sustainability.

The programme includes a broad spectrum of physics courses in topical fields related to e.g. magnetism, electricity, mechanics and relativity, thermodynamics and the structure of matter. Electives are offered in the fields of energy and sustainability.

specialisatie Politics, Philosophy and International Business

Combine International Business courses with Philosophy courses to obtain a broad outlook on complex, international challenges.

A wide variety of societal problems require a political solution, have an important business component and present ethical dilemmas. The major specialisation International Business, Philosophy and Politics provides for an interdisciplinary approach to developing international corporate strategies.

  • Become a well-rounded individual who can address today's societal problems from different perspectives
  • Prepare for a career in international business by understanding the implications of matters such as ethical dilemmas and governance on international corporate strategies
  • Follow a specialisation that prepares you for Master programmes in International Business Management, International Economics and Business, Philosophy, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, International Organizations, etc.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
20% theorie
30% praktijk
case study, literature study, colloquium, oral presentation, internship, computer exercise, research, exhibition, research project, excursion, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, design project, working group, group assignment, portfolio, workshop, group discussion, poster presentation, self evaluation, individual assignment, practicum, self study, project, laboratory work, seminar
instruction modes
The programme is recognised as a small-scall and intensive curriculum.
study guidance
Students meet their personal tutors frequently, to discuss the progress in academic work and to receive feedback on the assignments that have been made. Furthermore, students receive advice about their study programme from their tutors and other teaching staff. All members of the teaching staff are available to give students advice on their programme and career paths. A study counsellor is available to students for any practical or personal advice related to their studies.
study abroad
We encourage our students to study their minor (30 EC) abroad in the 5th semester of year 3.
exchange programs
  • Australia National University - Australië
  • McGill University - Canada
  • Fudan University Fudan University - China
  • Masarykova University Masarykova University - Tsjechie
  • City University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong
  • University of Kyoto - Japan
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 60 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

Liberal Arts and Sciences at UCG is a demanding programme. Students are expected to be highly motivated. Additionally, one of the main characteristics of the programme is the emphasis on the learning community. It is of importance that students as a class stay together over the years. Students are expected to collect all 60 credits for the first year of the programme within the first year.
Studying a Liberal Arts and Sciences degree allows you to explore a range of academic subjects alongside your major specialisation. You will study from a broad academic perspective, with specific scientific programmes in medical and natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and you can customise your degree to meet your own learning goals.
Exploring and integrating knowledge from different disciplines, you will develop your talents in new and exciting directions, collaborating with students from all over the world as part of an active and engaged learning community.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences degree at University College Groningen educates ambitious and broadly-oriented students to be creative and innovative in their approach to the complex challenges of our society. The small scale, intensive programme is taught entirely in English and focuses on important themes of our time: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.
The programme is demanding and intense, yet it will allow you to think for yourself and outside of the box. The integration of creativity and interdisciplinary methods will help you to generate original and innovative insights and contribute to scientific innovation. You'll be taught to ask original, bold questions, and to deliver creative and impactful responses to them.

Toelating en studiekosten

Unsplashed background img 2


3 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 - Apply via Studielink and OAS (Online Application System)
You need to submit your personal information, details of your prior education, and your video/letter of motivation.
2 - If you are made an offer you will be invited to visit UCG at an Offer Holder Day (dates TBC) where you can talk with a member of the Board of Admission, meet our study association Caerus and experience Groningen.
Check for further details
toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
WO propedeusetoelaatbaar

aanvullende vakeisen
Proficiency in English and Mathematics

Upon receiving your full application and motivation to study at UCG, you will be informed within 2 weeks whether you have been offered a place at University College Groningen. All students will be interviewed, either in-person or via Skype.

As English is the official language of UCG, all applicants are required to take an English proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, or English Language Test from the University of Groningen Language Centre).

Please note some people will be exempt from the language requirement:

  • Native English speakers
  • Applicants with an IB/EB diploma taught and assessed in English
  • Applicants with a Dutch VWO diploma and a 7 or higher in English
  • Applicants with a German Abitur Diploma and a 10 or higher for the English Kurs
  • Applicants with a secondary school diploma from an English speaking country (United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland)

math test
Next to being proficient in English, another minimum requirement for studying at UCG is proficiency in Mathematics. We measure proficiency in Mathematics by having passed maths as a graduating course in your secondary education. For students form the Netherlands, this means that you have to have passed Mathematics A, B or C as a graduating course. If you do not meet that requirement we would advice you to choose an alternative course / test to complement your application:

Course VWO Mathematics A (e.g. probability, statistics, calculus, logarithmics) or Mathematics B (e.g. differentiation, integration, trigonometry, geometry) offered in Dutch and English at the Boswell-Beta institute in Utrecht (the Netherlands) throughout the year and during the summer months;
Dutch VWO Wiskunde A or Wiskunde B certificate (Dutch pre university Mathematics A or B), obtained at: CCVX (;
AP Calculus AB or BC with a College Board examination;
AS-level or A-level certificate in Mathematics (via one of the British A-level examination boards);
IB certificate Mathematics Standard Level or Higher Level or Mathematics studies

Video or letter of motivation - we would like you to present yourself, your motivation to study LAS at UCG, and to tell us what your personal aspirations are during your time at UCG.

studie kosten
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
bedrag kostenpost
€ 3000levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 650studiematerialenper jaar
€ 5400per jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld
registration fee

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
167collegegeldop basis van € 2006 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


210 studenten volgen deze opleiding
67% daarvan is vrouw
115 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
70% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


Unsplashed background img 2


1/10 Rijksuniversiteit
Liberal Arts and Sciences
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2017
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4.3/5 studenttevredenheid
115 eerstejaars
69% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
2/10 Erasmus
Liberal Arts & Sciences
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
3/10 Maastricht University
University College Venlo
gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
28 eerstejaars
?% vrouw
16 uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
4/10 Maastricht University
University College Maastricht
star Keuzegids topopleiding 2016
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
16 uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
5/10 Maastricht University
Liberal Arts & Sciences
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
16 uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
6/10 Maastricht University
Maastricht Science Programme
€ 308 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
16 uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
7/10 UU
University College Roosevelt
gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
12-18 uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
8/10 UU
Liberal Arts and Sciences
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
12-18 uur contacttijd/week
100% Nederlandstalig
9/10 UU
University College Utrecht
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
? studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
12-18 uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
10/10 Tilburg University
Liberal Arts and Sciences
€ 253 gemiddelde kamerhuur
4.3/5 studenttevredenheid
? eerstejaars
?% vrouw
12-18 uur contacttijd/week
100% Engelstalig
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel3.54.1


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Liberal Arts and Sciences aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 19 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.5 uit 5.
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
student tevredenheid
aantal eerstejaars
ervaren contacttijd per week
doorstroom naar tweede jaar
diploma binnen 4 jaar
werk op niveau in 1,5 jaar

Studie in cijfers

In deze tabel staan resultaten van deze studie in cijfers uitgedrukt. Hiermee kan je vergelijken hoe deze opleiding het doet in vergelijking met dezelfde opleiding bij andere onderwijsinstellingen.

Na de studie

Unsplashed background img 2
On successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme you will graduate with either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Both degrees reflect the same level; it is the content of the academic field that you have chosen which determines the difference between the two degrees.

You will have broad knowledge and understanding of the spectrum of academic disciplines combined with specialised knowledge in the field of your major. You will gain valuable experience in working on interdisciplinary problems and develop strong competencies in addressing complex societal issues in the fields of Healthy Ageing, Energy and Sustainable Society. There is strong and growing interest in excellent Liberal Arts and Science graduates, and you can work with your tutor to ensure you select relevant subjects to strengthen your application to the Masters programme of your choice (please note that application to certain Masters degrees is conditional on the specific requirements of the Masters programme and additional further study/preparation may be required).

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Successful completion of the Liberal Arts and Sciences programme leads to either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Both degrees reflect the same level; it is the content of the academic field that you have chosen which determines the difference between the two degrees.

A Bachelor of Science degree is awarded to students completing the programme with a major orientation in Physics of Energy, Health and Life Sciences, and Cognition and Behaviour.A Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded to students completing the programme with a major orientation in Reflecting on Culture: History and Criticism, or Philosophy, Politics and Economics.Students will have broad knowledge and understanding of the spectrum of academic disciplines combined with specialized knowledge of a disciplinary field and a strong competence to solve complex societal problems. The Liberal Arts and Sciences programme will provide the graduate with knowledge, skills and competences that will qualify her or him to enter high-profile research Master's programmes in a chosen academic discipline. Job opportunities will depend on the chosen Master's programme, but LAS graduates in the past have progressed to careers in a variety of fields including business, politics, the arts, scientific research, NGOs', and more.

current job market

vergeleken met andere studies

zoektijd baanzeer slecht
salaris na 1,5 jaar slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

aansluitende masteropleidingen

Wageningen UniversityAquaculture and Marine Resource Management+ aanv. eisen
Maastricht UniversityArts - Klinisch Onderzoeker research+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityBioinformatics+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityBiology+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityBiosystems Engineering+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityBiotechnology+ aanv. eisen
ErasmusBusiness Administration+ basiskennis
Wageningen UniversityClimate Studies+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityCommunication, Health and Life Sciences+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitCultural Geographygeen aanvullende eisen
Wageningen UniversityDevelopment and Rural Innovation+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityEarth and Environment+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitEconomic Geographygeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitRegional Competitiveness and Tradegeen aanvullende eisen
TU DelftEngineering & Policy Analysis+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitEnvironmental and Infrastructure Planninggeen aanvullende eisen
Wageningen UniversityEnvironmental Sciences+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitEuroculture (EM)geen aanvullende eisen
Maastricht UniversityEuropean Law School+ instaptoets
RijksuniversiteitEuropese Studiesgeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitFilosofie+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitFilosofie en maatschappij+ aanv. eisen
Maastricht UniversityForensic Psychology+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityForest and Nature Conservation+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityGeo-information Science+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityGeographical Information Management and Applications+ aanv. eisen
Maastricht UniversityGlobalisation and Law+ instaptoets
UUHistory and Philosophy of Science researchgeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitHuman Movement Sciences+ 30 EC pre-master
TU DelftIndustrial Ecology - TU Delft en Universiteit Leiden+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityInternational Development Studies+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityInternational Land and Water Management+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityLandscape Architecture and Planning+ aanv. eisen
Tilburg UniversityLaw and Technology+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityLeisure, Tourism and Environment+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityManagement, Economics and Consumer Studies+ aanv. eisen
Tilburg UniversityMaster of Labour Law and Employment Relations+ aanv. eisen
UvAMidden-Oostenstudies+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityMolecular Life Sciences+ aanv. eisen
UUNanomaterials Science researchgeen aanvullende eisen
Maastricht UniversityNederlands Recht+ instaptoets
UUNew Media and Digital Culture+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityNutrition and Health+ aanv. eisen
UUOne Healthgeen aanvullende eisen
Wageningen UniversityOrganic Agriculture+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityPlant Biotechnology+ aanv. eisen
Wageningen UniversityPlant Sciences+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitPopulation Studiesgeen aanvullende eisen
Maastricht UniversityPsychology+ basiskennis
Tilburg UniversityPublic Governancegeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitReal Estate Studies+ aanv. eisen
Maastricht UniversityRecht en Arbeid+ instaptoets
RijksuniversiteitReligion and Cultural Heritage+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitReligion and Pluralism, Ancient & Modern+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitReligion, Conflict and Globalization+ aanv. eisen
Maastricht UniversityResearch Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience research+ basiskennis
+ motivatiebrief
+ toelatingsgesprek
RijksuniversiteitSocio-spatial Planninggeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitSpatial Sciences researchgeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitSport Sciences+ 30 EC pre-master
Tilburg UniversityStrategic Management+ aanv. eisen
Tilburg UniversitySupply Chain Management+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitTheologie & Religiewetenschappen research+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitTheologie & Religiewetenschappen+ aanv. eisen
Radboud UniversiteitTourism and Culturegeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitTourism Geography and Planninggeen aanvullende eisen
Wageningen UniversityUrban Environmental Management+ aanv. eisen
Tilburg UniversityVictimology and Criminal Justicegeen aanvullende eisen
Universiteit LeidenVitality and Ageinggeen aanvullende eisen
Wageningen UniversityWater Technology+ aanv. eisen

Potentiële beroepen

  • economist
  • journalist
  • policy advisor
  • psychologist
  • scientific researcher
bron: StudieData


communications advisor

T: +31 (0)50 363 3508
Meer informatie?
Bezoek de website van deze opleiding.

open_in_newstudy website