MRes Cardiovascular Research

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
VU University Amsterdam | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Become the linking pin between clinical and fundamental research, work with top researchers and clinicians, engage in challenging research and prepare yourself for your PhD.

Description of Cardiovascular Research


Cardiovascular research is one of the main research areas of the VU medical center. The Cardiovascular Research Institute (ICaR-VU) works together with the School of Medical Sciences and started this unique masters degree programme in 2009. This programme trains talented students who are willing to be educated as top-scientists in Cardiovascular Research.

Are you a researcher at heart?
You probably know someone in your surroundings who has suffered a heart attack or cardiac arrest. Cardiovascular disease is a leading causes of death in the Western world. In the Netherlands more than 100 people die every day due to cardiovascular disease. To reduce this number, scientific research is needed. In the MSc cardiovascular program, you will contribute to this crucial research.
Programme features
The programme aims to transfer the joint expertise of fundamental science groups and clinical research groups of the Institute of Cardiovascular Disease (ICaR-VU) to the next generation of scientists in cardiovascular research and health care.
The programme
  • is designed to equip you to become the next generation of scientists eager to unraveling the causes of cardiovascular disease;
  • is a small scale with a maximum of 25 students providing personal attention and guidance from our researchers;
  • is unique and teaches from the perspective of translational research. Read more about the study programme.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 June for Dutch Students and1 April for international students
Tuition fee
  • EUR 12000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1951 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Compulsory courses:
  • Pathophysiology of heart and circulation (6 credits)
  • Clinical and biophysical aspects of heart and circulation (6 credits)
  • Vascular function and metabolic diseases (6 credits)
  • Remodelling of the circulatory system (6 credits)
  • Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Scientific writing and presenting in English (3 credits)
Research projects:
Minor research project (21 credits), Major research project (42 credits) and literature project (9 credits).
Optional courses:
You are free to choose from a range of courses (up to 18 credits). 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

Requirements for Cardiovascular Research

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 University Amsterdam’s standard requirements for Master’s programmes (see website for details and further information).

Work Experience for Cardiovascular Research

No work experience is required.

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Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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