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While pursuing a Masterís 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 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 April for non-EU/EEA students; 1 April for EU and EEA students; 1 June for Dutch students from institutions other than VU University Amsterdam
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

One-year research specializations:
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • International Public Health
  • Medical and Behavioural Genomics
  • Psychophysiology
Other specializations:
  • Science in Society: focuses on policy, management and entrepreneurship in the biological and medical fields.
  • Communication specialization: focuses on science communications theory and research, as well as in practice.
  • Eerstegraads lerarenopleiding: provides teacher training for Dutch pre-university or vocational education.


To be considered for admission to the Masterís 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 Bachelorís degree in Biomedical Sciences from a Dutch university or a Bachelorís 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 Bachelorís degree from a university, an international Bachelorís degree in a relevant field or a Bachelorís 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 bachelorís 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

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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