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Understand the core of health

Are you eager to learn about human biology?

Or do you want to combine your scientific interest in immunology and your professional ambition for policymaking? Then the Biomedical Sciences Master’s is definitely for you.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting on their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘BSc-before-MSc rule’. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

    There has been examined how an exception to this BSc-before-MSc rule can be made possible for Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that, under certain conditions, students who are lacking credits for no more than a few courses including their bachelor project, will still be able to start their Master’s at VU Amsterdam next year. This is a one-off measure. The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than August 31 2022. Please read carefully below which rules apply for admission into this Master’s programme.

    The following rules apply this year for admission into this Master’s programme:

    Target group

    Number of EC at least achieved / % EC achieved


    Bachelor students at a Dutch University (incl. VU)150 EC
    Current premaster students24 EC
    HBO bachelor students210 EC

    Please note that, apart from the rules above, the following passages are still applicable and must be met to be considered for admission into the Master’s programme:

    • Admission criteria / requirements that are not EC related
    • English language proficiency requirements

    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form. 

    Do you want to start a Master’s programme in September? 
    Then complete the form for exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU premaster or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    The Biomedical Sciences programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

    Specific requirements for the Biomedical Sciences Master’s programme:

    Knowledge
    A minimum of 24EC in molecular biology and a minimum of 24EC in human biology, including at least:

    • Cell biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics

    And preferably

    • (Human) anatomy and physiology
    • Histology and pathology

    Research laboratory skills:

    • Practical laboratory techniques gained in courses
    • A bachelor research internship of ≥12EC in a research laboratory. The internship should be performed at a research department within a university, academic medical center or acknowledged research institute in the field of human or molecular biology.

    Additional admission requirements for specialisation Neurobiology
    When choosing the specialisation Neurobiology, you need to fulfil more specific admission requirements (see the MSc Neurosciences programme). The specialisation Neurobiology as part of MSc Biomedical Sciences allows a maximum number of 10 students to be enrolled, based on selection.

    Research laboratory skills

    • Practical laboratory techniques gained in courses
    • A bachelor research internship of ≥12EC in a research laboratory. The internship should be performed at a research department within a university, academic medical center or acknowledged research institute in the field of human or molecular biology.

    Grades
    Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from a Dutch university or a Bachelor’s degree in Gezondheid en Leven, major Biomedisch, from VU Amsterdam?

    • Direct admission: a bachelor grade average of at least 7.0 (excluding the internship)
    • Intake procedure: a bachelor grade average below 7.0 (excluding the internship)
    • Please upload a grade list, including your GPA average.

    Holding another Bachelor of Science degree from a university in the Netherlands?

    • Intake procedure: a bachelor grade average of at least 7.0 (excluding the internship).
    • Please upload a grade list, including your GPA average.

    The specialisation Neurobiology as part of the Master’s programme Biomedical Sciences allows a maximum number of 10 students to be enrolled.

    Intake procedure (when the above criteria are met): 
    The admission board will assess your competence to function at academic MSc level, motivation for a career in biomedical sciences, and you will receive an assessment, discussing an article chosen by the admission board.

    Required documents: 

    • Curriculum Vitae, including bachelor’s internship information
    • Statement of Intent (motivation letter), containing at least: (possible) specialisations, title and short description research internship, description knowledge in required courses (if not clear from transcript), and why you feel you fit our requirements.
    • Transcript, including your GPA
  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    The Biomedical Sciences programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

    Only a Bachelor's degree “Biology and Medical Laboratory Research” obtained at higher vocational education (HBO) can grant admission, when you fit the requirements below and you have passed the intake procedure.

    Other Bachelor's degrees obtained at higher vocational education (HBO) in most cases do not grant access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

    Specific requirements for the Biomedical Sciences Master’s programme:
    A minimum of 24 ECTS in molecular biology and a minimum of 24 ECTS in human biology, including at least:

    • Cell biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics

     And preferably:

    • (Human) anatomy and physiology
    • Histology and pathology

    Additional admission requirements for specialisation Neurobiology:
    When choosing the specialisation Neurobiology, you need to fulfil more specific admission requirements (see the MSc Neurosciences programme). The specialisation Neurobiology as part of MSc Biomedical Sciences allows a maximum number of 10 students to be enrolled, based on selection.
    Research laboratory skills:

    • Practical laboratory techniques gained in courses
    • A bachelor research internship of ≥12 ECTS in a research laboratory. The internship should be performed at a research department within a university, academic medical center or acknowledged research institute in the field of human or molecular biology

    Grades:
    An average Bachelor’s grade of at least 7.0 out of 10, excluding the internship(s)/project(s) and including a possible Propedeuse.

    Please upload a transcript of records, including your GPA average (including a possible Propedeuse).

    Intake procedure (when the above criteria are met): 
    The admission board will assess your competence to function at academic MSc level, motivation for a career in biomedical sciences, and you will receive an assessment, discussing an article chosen by the admission board.

    Required documents: 

    • Curriculum Vitae, including bachelor’s internship information
    • Statement of Intent (motivation letter), containing at least: (possible) specialisations, title and short description research internship, description knowledge in required courses (if not clear from transcript), and why you feel you fit our requirements.
    • Transcript, including your GPA

    Language requirements:
    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires international students and students with a HBO degree to pass an English language proficiency test. This requirement can be met if no longer than two years before the start of the programme the applicant has successfully completed one of the following examinations with the minimum scores indicated: 

    Exceptions are made for students who:

    • have obtained a Dutch vwo-diploma including English, or an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma

    VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP: 580. This test is offered by the VU Taalloket and takes place at the University. The test costs EUR 90 and is only valid for admission to VU Amsterdam.

    Please refer to the Language Proficiency Requirements webpage for the general requirements regarding language proficiency.
    Copies of your English test results can be uploaded in VUnet or sent to the following address: toelating.beta@vu.nl.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    The Biomedical Sciences programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. You find all information about the general application procedure with a Dutch degree on the application page.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 February for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*
    • 1 June for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality)

    *non-EU/EEA students who do not need a study visa and/or a residence permit can still apply until 1 June.

    Required documents 

    This Master’s programme requires students with a Dutch bachelor's degree to upload the following documents (in English). 

    • Letter of Motivation, containing at least: (possible) specialisations, title and short description research internship, description knowledge in required courses (if not clear from transcript), and why you feel you fit our requirements.*
    • Curriculum Vitae, including bachelor’s internship information*
    • Bachelor's transcript, including your GPA*
    • HBO students need to send in a sufficient English language test result

    For documents marked with an *: these need to be uploaded before the application deadline mentioned above. If one or more of these documents are missing, the application cannot be assessed by the Admission Board.

    Documents submitted after the application deadline will not be accepted.

  • I have an international degree

    The Biomedical Sciences programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

    In order to gain admission to the Biomedical Sciences Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s of Science degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

    Specific requirements for the Biomedical Sciences Master’s programme:
    A minimum of 24 ECTS in molecular biology and a minimum of 24 ECTS in human biology, including at least:

    • Cell biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Immunology
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics

    And preferably

    • (Human) anatomy and physiology
    • Histology and pathology

    Additional admission requirements for specialisation Neurobiology
    When choosing the specialisation Neurobiology, you need to fulfil more specific admission requirements (see the MSc Neurosciences programme). The specialisation Neurobiology as part of MSc Biomedical Sciences allows a maximum number of 10 students to be enrolled, based on selection.

    Research laboratory skills:

    • Practical laboratory techniques gained in courses
    • A bachelor research internship of ≥12 ECTS in a research laboratory. The internship should be performed at a research department within a university, academic medical center or acknowledged research institute in the field of human or molecular biology.

    Grades:

    • An average Bachelor's grade of at least 7.0 out of 10, or equivalent (GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0, second class upper division or higher).
    • Please upload a transcript of records, including your GPA.

    Intake procedure (when the above criteria are met):
    The admission board will assess your competence to function at academic MSc level, motivation for a career in research, and you will receive an assessment, discussing an article chosen by the admission board.

    Required documents: 
    You can find an explanation of each document on the application page for international students. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Curriculum Vitae, including bachelor’s internship information
    • Statement of Intent, containing at least: (possible) specialisations, title and short description research internship, description knowledge in required courses (if not clear from transcript), and why you feel you fit our requirements.
    • Transcript, including your GPA

    English language requirements:
    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. [B-vdBRv(1] [B-vdBRv(2] 
    Your English test results can be included in your application file or sent to the following email address (for non-Dutch degree holders): masters.fs@vu.nl
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application with an international degree

    General application information
    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here. You will also find an explanation for each required application document on this page. After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure.

    Required format and required documents
    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template.
    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this specific Master's programme.

    Required documents with specific content: 

    • Curriculum Vitae, including bachelor’s internship information
    • Statement of Intent (motivation letter), containing at least: (possible) specialisations, title and short description research internship, description knowledge in required courses (if not clear from transcript), and why you feel you fit our requirements.
    • Transcript, including your GPA

    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisors: masters.fs@vu.nl.

    Grants and scholarships
    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl

    Student Ambassadors
    Some International students are happy to tell you about their experience with living and studying in Amsterdam. These Student Ambassadors come from all over the world and have attended various Bachelor's and Master's programmes. Our Student Ambassadors are listed here on this webpage: vu.nl/ambassadors. Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at VU Amsterdam.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information: toelating.beta@vu.nl

For questions about the programme, please send an e-mail to programme coordinator Renate van Belle: r.j.van.belle-vanden.berg@vu.nl. For more general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fs@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

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

Contact

  • Marija Bosnić
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Sandra van Daalen
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Jasper Oosterveld
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl