Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Oncology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English


The MSc Oncology is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and the incidence keeps rising due to aging of the population. This Master is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms behind growth of cancer cells, the effect this disease has on a patient’s life and the influences of risk factors. During this Master, you will learn all about the pathways involved in cancer onset and development and possible targets for treatment.

The programme consist of the following components: compulsory courses, optional courses, a study of literature and two practical training periods. The practical training period consists of a minor and major internships together counting for 66 EC in total. The major internship automatically will be your Master Thesis. The final Master Examination consists of all assessed items, which in practice means that all examinations will be added up to a total of 120 EC. The board of examiners eventually decides whether your Master Examination is finished successfully.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Oncogenesis: Covers viral oncogenesis, profession and early diagnosis, as well as genetic predisposition and cancer genes.
  • Immunopathogenesis: Covers both fundamental and pre-clinical research into the immunological prosesses underlying homeostatic contral, in relation with inflammatory diseases and cancer.
  • Disease profiling: Covers the identification of new determinants for the diagnosis, prognosis and tailored treatment of immunological and oncological diseases. 
  • Innovative therapy: Covers targeted therapy for development of personalized medicine, including radiotherapy, surgery and systematic therapy, as well as immunotherapy. 
  • Quality of life: Encompasses research within the field of quality of life in childhood, and in adult patients.
For more information, please visit the programme's 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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        Academic Requirements

        Admission Requirements:
        • A Bio-medically or Life Sciences oriented Bachelor's degree;
        • English language proficiency requirements;
        • Basic knowledge of Oncology and Immunology;
        • Laboratory experience (preferably in Oncology);
        • Assessment test.
        Required Documents:
        • Proof of a valid Bachelor's degree
        • Transcript of records
        • Proof of the English language proficiency requirements
        • CV
        • Motivation letter
        • Two reference letters (preferably one from the supervisor of the Bachelor thesis).

        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.
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        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.


        VU Fellowship Programme:

        The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. VU Amsterdam has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated and excellent students.

        Holland Scholarship Programme:

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