Master in Biomedical Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Biomedical Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Biomedical Sciences

While pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences you can opt to study a combination of different specializations. The research-oriented specializations will enable you to embark on a career in research. The societal specialization will equip
you for a position as a policy officer. The communication specialization will enable you to work in public relations or scientific journalism, and the education specialization (only in Dutch) will enable you to teach at pre-university or higher
vocational education level.

Are you interested in infectious diseases and do you want to gain a deeper understanding of how the immune system works? Then you can focus on both these specializations. Does your scientific interest lie in cardiovascular diseases and your professional ambition in policy-making? Then you can combine these two. You can tailor your programme according to your own desires and interests.

The programme in a nutshell

The Master's in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year full-time programme, commencing each September.
The curriculum in brief:

  • You can take up to two specializations, each lasting one year, but you can also compile your own programme.
  • There are three compulsory courses; you are free to select the rest from the nine specialization packages.
  • You will go on two work placements, either both in research or one practical and one research placement.
  • You will write a literature-based thesis.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Master of Science degree (MSc).

Active research

Lectures form only a comparatively modest part of the Biomedical Sciences programme. For the most part, you are encouraged to conduct your own research. There is plenty of scope for practical work, giving you the opportunity to use the very latest research methods and equipment. You can also take a work placement in a policy-making or communications position.

Design your own programme

You can take two of the one-year specializations, but you also have the opportunity to compile your own programme. In this case you have a choice from all the subjects taught by the faculty. You can also opt to take part of your programme or a work placement elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad.

Job prospects

Your job prospects are excellent with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. Sixty per cent of our graduates enter scientific research. But if you take the Social specialization, it is more likely that you will find work involving policy-making. Taking the Education specialization almost certainly means you will go into teaching. And the Communications specialization opens up opportunities as a scientific journalist, press officer or education officer.

Spending part of the programme conducting external traineeships and research projects helps to prepare and familiarize students with the labour market. In addition, students are introduced to the labour market during Business Days organised by NiBi (the Netherlands Institute for Biology). Seminars given by people from trade and industry are organized every year at a different Dutch university.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences you must meet the following requirements.

  • If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from a Dutch university or a Bachelor’s degree in Gezondheid en Leven, major Biomedisch, from VU Amsterdam , you will be granted automatic admission to the Master’s programme.
  • If you have another Bachelor’s degree from a university or a Bachelor’s degree from an institute of higher education (HBO) in the Netherlands or abroad, the Examination Board will decide on your admission. The Examination Board will determine whether the qualification in question is sufficiently relevant to warrant admission. The board may set additional requirements before granting admission to the programme.
  • English language proficiency requirements. VU Amsterdam requires international applicants to pass an English language proficiency test.
  • N.B. Students who need a visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands must have passed the test and submitted the original test certificate before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate at the latest before 1 September.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 4, 2017
2 years
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
Start date Sept. 4, 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 2 years
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €12.000 for Non-EEA