Master in Medical Natural Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Medical Natural Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Master in Medical Natural Sciences

The Master’s programme in Medical Natural Sciences is a multidisciplinary programme that combines natural sciences with medicine. This combination will introduce you to innovative ways of conducting medical research. A multidisciplinary background like this will equip you perfectly for tomorrow’s approaches to medical research, in all their complexity.

As a Master’s student, you will choose one specialization: Medical Physics, Medical Physiology, Molecular Clinical Diagnostics or Physics of Life. Each specialization has its own specific focus within the medical world. Medical Physics focuses on the technological issues behind modern medical instrumentation. Medical Physiology examines clinical approaches to the treatment of life-threatening diseases. Molecular Clinical Diagnostics studies the role of biomarkers in clinical chemistry, while Physics of Life explores fundamental physical and chemical phenomena that are relevant to a better understanding of living organisms.

The Master’s programme in Medical Natural Sciences is a unique opportunity for students who want to combine scientific subjects with practical application. Market research suggests that, as a graduate of this programme, you can look forward to a bright future. For example, you will be able to:

  • Develop new possibilities and techniques for medical diagnosis and treatment;
  • Research ways of using laser technology to treat various diseases;
  • Work on clarifying the molecular basis of various diseases.

The programme in a nutshell

The Master’s programme in Medical Natural Sciences is a two-year program worth 120 ECTS. During this time, you will take compulsory courses in your chosen specialization, plus a number of optional courses. Your own laboratory research is an important part of the program, which you perform in one of the participating research groups. Moreover, you write a literature thesis on a subject within Medical Natural Sciences research and you acquire general academic skills.


Within the Master’s programme Medical Natural Sciences you choose one of four specializations:

  • Medical Physics
  • Molecular Clinical Diagnostics
  • Physics of Life
  • Medical Physiology

Career prospects

A Master’s degree in Medical Natural Sciences means you will be able to work in clinics, medical research institutes or for biomedical and pharmaceutical companies. If you decide to specialize further as a clinical physicist, clinical chemist or clinical computer scientist, a Master's degree will entitle you to take part in the postgraduate programme you need to achieve your goal. And there are professional Master's programmes in medical natural scientific subjects, such as toxicology.


Graduates in Medical Natural Sciences enjoy highly favourable career prospects, partly due to the speed at which technology in the field of genetics, bio-informatics, pharmacy and molecular research is developing. Another reason concerns recent developments relating to social issues, such as the ageing population and efficient healthcare. There is a growing demand for specialists equipped to work in an interdisciplinary environment.

Continuing your studies

After completing your Master's programme, you can conduct PhD research at a university. Graduates with excellent grades can apply for one of our PhD student positions. This is normally awarded for four years, during which the student is expected to complete a research project. The main task of a PhD student is to conduct research resulting in a thesis.

Admission requirements

The requirements are split up into Masters’ specialization specific requirements and general requirements.

Specific requirements master’s programme

Important: All students must contact the master coordinator of the specific specialization.

  • Direct admission to the Master's programme in Medical Natural Sciences is possible with a bachelor degree in Medical Natural Sciences. If you have a bachelor degree in a related subject, you will have to meet certain entry requirements depending on specialization you choose.

  • HLO graduates. There are two specializations which give acces to HLO students: Molecular Clinical Diagnostics en Medical Physiology.

General language proficiency requirements

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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