Biomedical Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 12000
    Tuition (Year)
    1984
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
While pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Do you want to combine humane biology with molecular biology? Or do you want to learn about the other possibilities of biomedical sciences after a year of research? This master's programme will offer you just that!

While pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from VU Amsterdam 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 immunology 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.

Job prospects

Your job prospects are excellent with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. Most of our graduates enter scientific research. If you take the Science in Society 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.

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

First and/or second year Research specializations:

  • Immuniology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurobiology

Second year ICSE specializations:

  • International public health
  • Science in society

Detailed Programme Facts

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      • EEA

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time
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Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences you must meet the following requirements. The Admission Board will determine whether the qualification in question is sufficiently relevant to warrant admission, based on the following criteria:

1. Knowledge
A minimum of 24EC in molecular biology and a minimum of 24EC in human biology, including at least:
  • Cell biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics

And preferably

  • (Human) anatomy and physiology
  • Histology and pathology
2. Research laboratory skills:
  • Practical laboratory techniques gained in courses
  • Preferably a bachelor research internship of >=12EC in a research laboratory. The internship should be performed at a research department within a university, academic medical center or acknowledged research institute.
3. Grades:
Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from a Dutch university or a Bachelor’s degree in Gezondheid en Leven, major Biomedisch, from VU University Amsterdam?
  • Direct admission: final grade bachelor research internship/thesis in a relevant field (molecular biology or human biology) is at least 7.5 and a bachelor grade average of at least 7.0 (excluding the internship)
  • Intake procedure: final grade bachelor research internship/thesis in a relevant field (molecular biology or human biology) is at least 7.0

Holding another Bachelor’s degree from a university, an international Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or a Bachelor’s degree from an institute of higher education (HBO/HLO) in the Netherlands?

  • Intake procedure: final grade bachelor research internship/thesis in a relevant field (molecular biology or human biology) is at least 7.5 and a bachelor grade average of at least 7.0 (excluding the internship).
  • For bachelor’s degree from an institute of higher education (HBO/HLO): on a program of 240EC (4 years of study; including the propedeuse)
4. English language proficiency requirements

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • EUR 1984 EEA
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Funding

Scholarships / Grants:

Neso Indonesia:

StuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
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Fulbright/ NAF:
The Fulbright Center is a bi-national, non-profit organization established by international agreement between the United States of America and the Kingdom of The Netherlands. It promotes educational co-operation and provides information on study, research and internships in the United States.
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Nuffic:
The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (Ford-IFP) provides opportunities to exceptional individuals for advanced study. If you are a resident of an eligible IFP country and would like to study in Europe, Nuffic can act as a placement partner for you.
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European Commission:
The Alban Scholarship programme aims at the reinforcement of the European Union-Latin America cooperation in the area of Higher Education. * for postgraduate studies. * for specialization studies at any of the eligible recognised organizations of Higher Training (companies included).
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World Bank:
Successful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees' home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.
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United Nations:
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Asian Development Bank:
This scholarship aims to provide an opportunity for well-qualified citizens of ADB's developing member countries to pursue postgraduate studies in economics, management, science & technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific Region.
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:
VU Amsterdam awards its own scholarships to outstanding students joining our international Master's degree programmes. The VU Fellowship is an amount of money between 2.500 and 15.000 Euros to cover a part of the study expenses. The general criteria for selection are excellence, motivatio
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