M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR12000 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    EUR1984 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Amsterdam, Netherlands
While pursuing a Masterís degree in Biomedical Sciences from VU University 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.

Description

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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 Masterís degree in Biomedical Sciences from VU University 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 Masterís 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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Starting in

    Apply until:
  • ( International

    Deadline applies if you do not have the same nationality as the university.

    )
  • ( EEA

    Deadline applies if your country of nationality is in the EEA (European Economic Area)

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR12000 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • EUR1984 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

First and/or second year Research specializations:

  • Immuniology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurobiology

Second year ICSE specializations:

  • International public health
  • Science in society

Requirements

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

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Netherlands when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
Search all Pre-Masters

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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