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Gain deep understanding of the fundamentals of life

Do you want to operate as an independent early researcher in the field of biomolecular sciences?

Then the Master Biomolecular Sciences is the programme for you.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU pre-master's or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    The Biomolecular Science programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. Some HBO/HLO specialisations also provide adequate preparation to the programme. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

    Admission to the Master's programme is possible for an applicant who has obtained a Bachelor’s degree obtained at an institution of academic higher education, which demonstrates the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

    1. A minimum of 24 EC coursework in Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics/Molecular Cell Biology at the 300 level (last year of Bachelor's).
    2. An average Bachelor 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).
    3. Bachelor's internship of at least 18EC in a relevant field (Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics/Molecular Cell Biology) with a minimum grade of 7.5 out of 10 or equivalent in other grading systems. If a final grade is not yet available an interim evaluation by the internship supervision will be considered.
    4. Experience with practical laboratory techniques gained in coursework and the Bachelor internship. 
  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (pre-master's)

    The master's programme of Biomolecular Sciences does not offer a pre-master's programme.

    Some HBO/HLO specializations also provide adequate preparation to the programme. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

    Admission to the Master's programme is possible for an applicant who has obtained a Bachelor’s degree obtained at an institution of academic higher education, which demonstrates the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

    1. A minimum of 24 ECTS coursework in Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics/Molecular Cell Biology at the 300 level (last year of Bachelor's).
    2. An average Bachelor 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).
    3. Bachelor's internship of at least 18 EC in a relevant field (Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics/Molecular Cell Biology) with a minimum grade of 7.5 out of 10 or equivalent in other grading systems. If a final grade is not yet available an interim evaluation by the internship supervision will be considered.
    4. Experience with practical laboratory techniques gained in coursework and the Bachelor internship.
    5. Interview with assignment: All HBO/HLO students that meet the admission requirements will be invited for an interview with an assignment after application.

    General language proficiency requirements
    VU Amsterdam requires students to pass an English language proficiency test. Exceptions are made for students who:

    • HBO/HLO students who get invited to an intake interview and for which the Admissions Board decides that the English proficiency is sufficient
    • 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 (WO)
    • have completed previous education in Canada, Ireland, UK, USA, Australia or New Zealand.

    You can find which test types and scores are accepted, the deadlines for submitting test results and all other relevant information on our application page under the Language Proficiency Requirements tab.

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

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    The Biomolecular 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 deadline is:

    1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality).

    Your application will be rejected in case you didn’t upload the required documents in ‘your dashboard’ within 6 weeks after your enrolment in Studielink, OR in case you’ve uploaded (one or more) of the required documents after June 1st. Applications and documents submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

    Required documents (deadline June 1st)

    This Master’s programme requires students with a Dutch bachelor's degree to upload the following documents as soon as possible and in any case 6 weeks after your enrolment and before 1 June.

    • Curriculum Vitae.
    • Bachelor's transcript, including your GPA .

    Your online dashboard gives you an overview of the submitted and missing documents. Check your dashboard regularly.

    Additional required document (only for HBO students, deadline August 31st)

    • HBO students need to send in a sufficient English language test result (check the requirements and exemptions on the webpage).

    You can also submit the result of the English language test after you have been conditionally accepted, the deadline for submitting the test result is August 31st. Please send a scan of your test result to toelating.beta@vu.nl.

  • I have an international degree

    The Biomolecular 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. All students are strongly encouraged to contact the Master’s coordinator before applying.

    Specific requirements for the Biomolecular Sciences Master's programme  
    If you have a Bachelor’s degree from abroad, the Admission board will decide on your admission based on the following criteria:

    1. A minimum of 24 ECTS coursework in Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics/Molecular Cell Biology at the 300 level (last year of Bachelor's).
    2. An average Bachelor 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).
    3. Bachelor's internship in a relevant field (Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics/Molecular Cell Biologyy) with a minimum grade of 7.5 out of 10 or equivalent in other grading systems. If a final grade is not yet available an interim evaluation by the internship supervision will be considered.
    4. Experience with practical laboratory techniques gained in coursework and the Bachelor internship.
    5. Academic competence at the MSc level and motivation for a career in research which may be evaluated during an interview with assignment (online).

    English language requirements

    If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.

    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.

    You can find an overview of all accepted tests and scores that can be used to demonstrate your English language proficiency on the language requirement page.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application documents

    To apply you are required to provide the following documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
    • Master Application File please download the correct file from this page. In this file you can see which documents are required to apply for your programme.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results. Please find the English language requirements here.

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international 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.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here

    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.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors 

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

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 Jurgen Haanstra: biomolecular.master@vu.nl. For more general questions, please send an e-mail to Studentdesk@vu.nl 

Call us on +31 20 5985020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00)

International diploma applicants

Do you have any questions about the application or admission procedure? 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, stating your student number.

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

Contact

  • Sara Vlasbloem
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • 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