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Explore all aspects of the human body

Are you interested in how processes inside the human body work? Want to know what can go wrong when someone falls ill? Keen to contribute to the development of new drugs?

Then the Biomedical Sciences programme is just the thing for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Limited enrolment programme
Biomedical Sciences is a limited enrolment programme. This means that there are a limited number of places, as result of which the programme will be subject to a selection procedure.

Read the information on this webpage carefully, as this will explain how the selection procedure works.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Selection – Numerus Fixus 2024-2025

    Due to the great interest in the Biomedical Sciences programme, a Numerus Fixus applies to this programme, with a maximum of 300 places.

    We use unweighted drawing as our selection method. This is a method in which candidates will be randomly selected out of all completed applications, as long as they meet the admission requirements.

    The outcome

    After the application deadline of 15 January 2024, the selection procedure starts. With the assistance of a computer programme, candidates will be randomly selected. On April 15, 2024 you will receive your ranking number and any proof of placement via Studielink. Within a week you will also receive an email from VU Amsterdam with more information.

    Accept place

    The programme has a total of 300 places available per year. If you are offered a place, you have two weeks to accept it. If you do not accept, you will not be admitted in the 2024-2025 academic year, and your place will be offered to the next person in the ranking list. Therefore, if you are not offered a place on April 15 2024, there is a chance that you will still be offered a place in the following months.

    Important dates:

                 15 January 2024, 23.59 CET: registration deadline in Studielink

    •             15 April 2024: results of the selection procedure will be announced through Studielink

    •             16 – 22 April 2024: explanation of ranking number will be sent to you via email

    •             15 July 2024: deadline for meeting the admission requirements and paying tuition fees

    Read more about the rules and deadlines for programmes with a selection procedure on our Numerus Fixus page.

    If you have any questions regarding the selection procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact us via onderwijsbureau.beta@vu.nl.

  • Applying with non-Dutch previous education

    Note that for diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands an application fee of €100 applies. 
    Application fee payment options and possible exemptions

    Application documents

    International applicants are asked to upload the following documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only). Candidates must ensure that their correct personal data have been submitted no later than 31 January. Candidates who do not fulfill this obligation in time will not be permitted to continue with the selection procedure.
    • VU Application Form - Bachelor (Numerus Fixus); please download the correct format from this page. In the document you are asked to provide further details about your previous education level.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results.
      VU English language requirements

    Application procedure

    Application deadline
    The Bachelor's programme in Biomedical Sciences is a Numerus Fixus study programme. You can apply until 15 January (or 15 December if you are applying via the 21+ Entrance exam route). Do you have a non-Dutch nationality? Then you may be eligible for housing via the International Office Accommodation Services. An early application is then strongly recommended.

    Ready to apply?
    Have you read the information above and are you ready to apply? Great! Click here for the application procedure.

  • Admission requirements for non-Dutch previous education

    Biomedical Sciences is a selective programme (Numerus Fixus). In addition to being selected for a spot in the programme, applicants  holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet a number of requirements*. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply.

    We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme. Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your certified diploma copy is received and the conditions in your admission decision letter have been met.

    Requirements that apply:

    1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma

    See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.
    Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

    2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

    You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage. Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted.

    3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
    After you've applied for the programme and uploaded the required documents in your VU Dashboard, the International Office will determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma and whether your Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry level is sufficient.

    These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the 4 required subjects Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics:

    • International Baccalaureate: Mathematics SL/HL, Applications & Interpretation HL, Analysis & Approaches SL/HL,  Physics SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL and Biology HL.
    • British GCE A-Levels: A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics and an AS-level in Physics, or A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and an AS-level in Mathematics. All subjects need to be completed with a grade A, B or C.
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including  Physics and Chemistry as Grundkurs and Biology as Leistungsfach + Mathematics Grundkurs as Prüfungsfach or Mathematics erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA)/Leistungsfach 
    • European Baccalaureate: Biology; written or oral examinations, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 3 hours during the Orientation Cycle.

    For further examples of accepted proof you can check our Biomedical Sciences Diploma requirements list.

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    *Not directly eligible for admission?

    If your diploma is not considered to be at the right level and/or if your proficiency in mathematics is considered to be insufficient, you will be informed if it is possible to meet the requirements with a additional certificates.

    You can obtain your certificates to resolve these deficiencies at various institutions.

    When advised to sit (an) entry exam(s), the following certificates are deemed equivalent to Dutch vwo Mathematics A, Physics, Chemistry and Biology:

    Exams in the Netherlands

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides vwo Mathematics A and B, Physics, Biology and Chemistry courses in English with exams in December, May and July.
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers vwo Mathematics A and B, Physics, Biology and Chemistry exams.
    • Online Mathematics Placement Test. The Online Mathematics Placement Test-A (OMPT-A) is an online mathematics test that you can take from home by means of online proctoring.

    A positive result for the examination (5,5/10 in the CCVX and Boswell-Bèta exam(s) or 65% in the OMPT-A online exam) is compulsory to eliminate a deficiency.
    OMPT only: if your OMPT test result was obtained more than 1 year ago, you may be asked to re-take the test to prove your mathematics proficiency. When this applies to you, it will be communicated in your admission decision if retaking the test is needed.

    To ensure that your application is processed in time in order to study and register for the exams we ask applicants to apply for their bachelor's programme of choice before:

    Note that in addition to these tests all applicants will need to submit proof of sufficient proficiency in English. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

  • Admission requirements and applying with Dutch previous education

    VWO diploma

    • Natuur en Gezondheid, supplemented with Physics
    • Natuur en Techniek, supplemented with Biology
    • Economie en Maatschappij, supplemented with Physics, Biology and Chemistry
    • Cultuur en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics A or B, Physics, Biology and Chemistry

    Higher professional education (HBO) propaedeutic year 
    The following certificates must be obtained additionally at 6 VWO level:

    • English 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry 
    • Physics 
    • Mathematics A or B 

    Higher professional education (HBO) completed programme
    The following certificates must be obtained additionally 6 VWO level:

    • English 
    • Biology 
    • Chemistry 
    • Physics 
    • Mathematics A or B 

    21+ applicants with a valid Dutch home address and residence permit 
    Do you not meet any of the above programme requirements and are you 21 years of age or older? Then there is the possibility of admission to the programme based on the entrance examination. Please visit the entrance exam page for more information on the application deadline and fees.

    The following certificates must be obtained at 6 VWO level:

    • English
    • Mathematics A or B 
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Chemistry

    Deficiencies at 6 VWO level
    You can obtain your certificates at various institutions. Do this no later than 15 July 2024.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! The Bachelor's programme in Biomedical Sciences is a Numerus Fixus study programme. You can apply via Studielink, please keep in mind the application deadlines.

    Complete immediately your application until 100% in your personal dashboard on VU.nl.

  • Binding Study Advice (BSA)

    The BSA is an advice given to all Bachelor’s students on four occasions during their first year of studies concerning their study progress. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. To continue to the second year you must have obtained a certain number of credits.

    To receive a positive BSA for this study programme you must have obtained a minimum of 42 EC (credits) at the end of the first year of enrolment. Every student has access to an overview of the obtained study results and assessments are available for inspection after registration of the test result.

  • Student Self Check Tool

    Are you curious if you meet the admission requirements for the programme? Then you can fill out the online Student Self Check tool to find out more about your chances to be admitted to the Bachelor’s programme Biomedical Sciences. 

    In the tool you will be asked some questions about your previous education and background. Based on your answers you will receive a personal preliminary advice on your eligibility for admission and the next steps you can take to continue your application.

    Please note: no rights can be derived from the Self Check tool results. For a definite admission decision you will have to complete the official application procedure for this programme.

    Check your eligibility.

Want to know more?

General questions

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl, stating your student number.

Call +31 (0)20 59 85020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00). 

Or send a WhatsApp message to +31 (0)6 82548367.

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an email to bachelors.fs@vu.nl to get in touch with the International Student Advisors of this programme.

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.

Contact

Daniël van Dijck