Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Cardiovascular Research, M.Res.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


Cardiovascular disease is, together with cancer, a leading cause 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 suffer more and more from the burden of chronic diseases like diabetes, thrombosis or heart failure. To improve patient outcome, more scientific research focusing on prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy is needed. With your  Cardiovascular Research Master degree from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you may contribute to further improvement of health care for these patients. 

Career prospects

When you have finished your program, you will be a young Cardiovascular scientist. The next step in your career might be a PhD position to become the next top scientist in the Cardiovascular field. Other possibilities are jobs in large pharmaceutical or biotech companies, double degrees as a medical doctor or training as a teacher. Five years after the start of the program, approximately 90% of all the students have a job within or outside academia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Heart and Circulation 
  • Cardiac Disease 
  • Diabetes and Vascular Disease
  • From Advanced Imaging to Stem Cells 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Writing Scientific English
For more information, please visit the programme website.

                      Detailed Programme Facts

                      English Language Requirements

                      You only need to take one of these language tests:

                      • Minimum required score:


                        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.

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                      • Minimum required score:


                        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:


                        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

                      Admission requirements 

                      • A Bio-medically or Life Sciences oriented Bachelor's degree;
                      • English language proficiency requirements;
                      • Basic knowledge of Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology;
                      • Preferably a GPA of 3.5 (Dutch grading system: 7.5) or higher in the final year of the Bachelor*;
                      • Preferably an A grade (Dutch grading system: 8.0) for the Bachelor thesis*;
                      • Assessment test.

                      Tuition Fee

                      • International Applies to you

                        14500 EUR/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 14500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                      • EU/EEA Applies to you

                        2060 EUR/year
                        Tuition Fee
                        Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
                      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                      Living costs for Amsterdam

                      • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
                        Living Costs

                      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                      Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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