Application deadline update
- Non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19)
- EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 June (the original deadline of 1 May has been extended due to COVID-19)
The essence of human beings and health
If you want to explore the very essence of human beings, to understand the biology of the healthy human body and the onset of disease, then Biomedical Sciences is the programme for you. You will learn about human biology, and how to apply this knowledge in scientific research to medical issues surrounding health and disease. There are still so many diseases and conditions for which we have no solutions. So it is all the more important for us to expand our knowledge of how exactly our body works. Accordingly, you will study this at every level, from molecules to human populations.
Looking further as a biomedical scientist
In addition to your training as an academic expert in human biology and in molecular biology, you will also learn how to examine biomedical issues using a multidisciplinary approach. Based on Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Human Health & Life Sciences theme, you will develop both the biological knowledge and applied skills that you will need, as a biomedical scientist, to make a difference at the cutting edge of biomedical science.
This is what you will be doing
First year - You will acquire a basic knowledge of Biomedical Sciences, and acquire the basic skills, especially in molecular and cellular biology. You will be able to select one optional subject while you are still in year 1.
Second year - You will explore Biomedical Sciences in more depth, with a greater focus on human biology. In addition, you will develop more in-depth knowledge, insight and skills in various areas of Biomedical Sciences. You will complete the year with two optional subjects.
Third year - For the most part, you will design your own programme. The first semester is reserved for optional components, such as a minor. Afterwards, you will follow a compulsory course (including ‘Scientific writing in English’) which prepares you for the research placement, parallel to a compulsory subject in the philosophy of science and ethics.