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Create the future of high-tech healthcare!

Are you interested in combining scientific subjects with practical application and fundamental research in a clinical setting? And are you fascinated by the idea of developing new high-tech biomedical engineering solutions?

Then the Master’s in Biomedical Technology and Physics is the programme for you. Check whether you meet te admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Academic year 2021-2022
VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus in September due to strict travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to offer an online alternative for this study programme. We advise you to start your study at VU Amsterdam a year later. Should the current events concerning Covid-19 in the Netherlands give rise to changes in (online) education, we will report it on the website.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

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

    The Master's programme Biomedical Technology and Physics (BMTP) is directly accessible to students with a Bachelor degree in Medical Natural Sciences and to students with a similar background, like a bachelor in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, University College and BètaGamma. 

    Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

    In order to gain admission to the master's programme BMTP, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s 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.

    Direct admission to  master's programme BMTP is possible with a bachelor degree in Medical Natural Sciences of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. If you have a Bachelor's degree in a related subject, you will have to meet certain entry requirements depending on the specialisation you choose.

    Important: All students must contact the master coordinator of the specific specialisation.


    English language test

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires all international students and students with a HBO degree to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have obtained a Dutch VWO diploma.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    The Master's programme in Biomedical Technology and Physics is directly accessible to students with a bachelor degree in Medical Natural Sciences and to students with a similar background, like a bachelor in Biomedical Engineering, Physics, University College and BètaGamma. 

    A Bachelor degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the master's programme Biomedical Technology and Physics (BMTP) (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

    Students with a degree in Medische Beeldvorming en Radiotherapie (MBRT) need to complete the pre-Master's programme first.

    Pre-Master's programme

    If you have a HBO Degree a pre-Master's programme is required. After completing the programme, you gain admission to the Master's programme Biomedical Technology and Physics (BMTP). The pre-Master's programme encompasses 30 EC and can differ per student. The exact content of the programme will be determined by the deficiencies remaining despite the previous education of the candidate. Visit the webpage of the pre-Master's programme Biomedical Technology and Physics for more information. If you are interested in the Master's programme BMTP, please contact the master coordinator, t.g.vanleeuwen@amsterdamumc.nl 


    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
    • have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university, 
    • have completed previous education in Canada, Ireland, UK, USA, Australia or New Zealand.

    Copies of your English test results can be sent to the following address: toelating.beta@vu.nl.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Enthusiastic about this programme? And do you meet the admission requirements? Find out how to apply.

    If you want to apply for a Master's programme at VU Amsterdam, the application procedure depends on your previous degree and whether you obtained your degree in the Netherlands or abroad. You find all information about the application procedure with an international 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.

  • I have an international degree

    The Biomedical Technology and Physics 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 Technology and Physics Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s 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 admission requirements for the Biomedical Technology and Physics Master's programme
    The Biomedical Technology and Physics programme is open to both Dutch and international students with a background in (bio)medical natural sciences or a related subject, like a bachelor in Biomedical Engineering, Physics or similar.. Admission is based on a strict selection procedure.

    If you have a Bachelor's degree in a related subject, you will have to meet certain entry requirements depending on specialisation you choose.

    Important: All students must contact the Master's coordinator of the specific specialisation.

    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this programme.

    English language requirements

    VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

    The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this Master's programme are:

    IELTS: 6.5 overall

    TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall

    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C

    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

    Please note that students who need a study visa must submit their English test results before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate before 31 August (preferably sooner).

    TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. Note that TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted. Our institution code is 7947.

    A PDF copy of your English test result can be sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): masters.fs@vu.nl
    The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here.

  • Application with an international degree

    If you want to apply for a Master's programme at VU Amsterdam, the application procedure depends on your previous degree(s) and whether you obtained your diploma in the Netherlands or abroad. You find all information about the application procedure with a Dutch or international degree on the application page. Once you have completed the application, our International Student Advisors will contact you via email.

    Are you applying with an international degree?

    This Master’s programme requires the following documents to upload in VUnet for international degree holders: 

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • 2 Letters of recommendation
    • Letter of Motivation
    • Diploma(s) / statement of expected graduation
    • A transcript of the marks obtained during the Bachelor's programme
    • Bachelor's or Master's thesis (written in English)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
    • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education 
    • English language test 

    You can find more information about the required documents on the application page (see Required documents).

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Bachelor’s or Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    The application deadlines are:

    • 1 February for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships 
    • 1 April for non-EU/EEA students*
    • 15 July for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 15 July 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 15 July

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: 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.

  • 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.

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 Ton van Leeuwen: t.g.vanleeuwen@amsterdamumc.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

Send an email to: 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