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Education programmes

Future transdisciplinary researchers and professionals not only require cognitive skills, but an understanding of the social dynamics and psychological processes in organisations and society as well. They need to be able to deal with different personalities and cultures, and to adjust their strategies accordingly. Therefore, the Athena Institute offers various (faculty- and university-wide) educational programmes at the interface of life sciences and social sciences, and of theory and practice.

Athena Graduate School 

The Athena Institute's PhD programme is part of the Athena Graduate School. Here, we aim to provide a stimulating scientific environment in which young researchers, experienced staff and international scholars mutually inspire one another. Find more information on the Athena Graduate school webpage

Master's programmes

Full Master's programmes
The Athena Institutes coordinates two full Master's programmes:

We offer two faculty-wide Master's differentiations, open to students of the Faculties of Science of VU and UvA: Science in Society and Science Communication.

International Public Health is a track open to students in Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and MPA.

Interdisciplinary Community Service Learning is a university-wide course, open to student's of any Master's programme. Science and Society in Historical Perspective is open to Faculty of Science students only.

Bachelor's programmes

Major: Sustainable Health & Care
Athena offers the major Sustainable Health and Care for Health & Life Sciences students.

The minor Global Health is a university-wide minor, open to all students. 

The minor Biomedical and Health Interventions is open to students in Biomedical Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, and other natural sciences.

Course: History of Science
We offer History of Science courses, specified for students in Earth Sciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.