Cardiovascular Research, M.Res.

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  • 24 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Cardiovascular Research is one of the focus scientific areas of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Medical Center. The program is embedded in the Cardiovascular Research Institute (ICaR-VU) and School of Medical Sciences.


The program is alligned with the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences instute, a collaborative network of the VU Amsterdam Medical Center and Academic Medical Center. The program started in 2009 and aims to educate talented students who are willing to be educated as top-scientists in Cardiovascular science and technology. The Cardiovascular Research program includes education regarding the development, diagnosis and treatment of heart- and vessel disease, and focusses on diseases with a huge societal impact, such as diabetes, myocardial infarction, thrombosis and heart failure.

Are you a researcher at heart?

Cardiovascular disease is, together with cancer, a leading causes of death in the Western world. In the Netherlands more than 100 people die every day due to cardiovascular disease. While patient outcome following acute cardiovascular disease has improved tremendously in the last decades, patients more and more suffer from the burden of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart failure or thrombosis. To improve patient outcome, more scientific research focusing on prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy is needed. With your master’s degree you may contribute to further improvement of health care for these patients.

Programme features

The programme:

  • is designed to equip you to become the next generation of scientists who are eager to understand the causes of cardiovascular disease and develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic modalities;
  • offers a small scale programme with a maximum of 20 students providing personal attention and guidance from our researchers;
  • is developed by passionate clinical and preclinical scientists who are active in the field of cardiovascular disease;
  • is unique and teaches from the perspective of translational research.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

Compulsory courses:
  • Pathophysiology of heart and circulation
  • Clinical and biophysical aspects of heart and circulation
  • Vascular function and metabolic diseases
  • Remodelling of the circulatory system
  • Biostatistics
  • Scientific writing and presenting in English
Research projects:
Minor research project, Major research project and literature project.
Optional courses:
You are free to choose from a range of courses. For instance:
  • Cardiac diagnostics
  • Genome analysis
  • Proteomics analysis
  • Molecular pathology
  • Life cell imaging
  • Biostatistics and Clinical epidemiology
  • Ethical dimensions of medical research on human subjects
  • Working with radioactivity
  • Animal experimentation and a basic course in teaching

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 75

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

All students with a Bachelor’s degree must take an exam on their basic knowledge of biology and physiology in order to join this research Master’s programme. English language skills must meet VU Amsterdam’s standard requirements for Master’s programmes (see website for details and further information).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 12000 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA


Scholarships / Grants:


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