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Interested In Clinical Life Sciences and a researcher at heart?

Are you interested in Clinical Life Sciences with a focus on Cardiovascular & related disease and doing patient-oriented research? Are you interested in working in a multidisciplinary environment? Do you enjoy working with people who challenge each other to attain the best results?

Then the Master’s in Cardiovascular Research is the programme for you.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up.

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)

    This is a selective Master's programme. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Cardiovascular Research if you hold 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.

    To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Cardiovascular Research you must meet the requirements listed below.

    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine or comparable.
    • Preferably a minimum grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0), for the Bachelor’s thesis. If you have lower grades, you are also welcome to apply for the program.
    • A clear motivation and talent for participation in the program.
    • High level of academic and professional ability and oral and written proficiency in English at an advanced level
    • Basic knowledge of Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
    • Pass the admission assessment test of the programme (more information and test-dates are described under application).

    We will also take into account your marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities.

    The Admissions Board of the master Cardiovascular Research will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required. In all cases, decisions will be made within 6 weeks after the application deadline. Only in exceptional circumstances may we deviate from the specific admission requirements. If you believe your case is subject to such exceptional circumstances, then please explain so in your letter of application.

    The Admissions Board of the master Cardiovascular Research reviews all requests for admission and selects students that meet the entry requirements. The Admissions Board also assesses whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme within the set time frame. This means the decision on your application is based on a thorough analysis.

    You can contact the programme coordinator with questions about your eligibility. However, only with the “admission email” you will be officially notified about your conditional or unconditional admission.

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

    This is a selective Master's programme. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Cardiovascular Research if you hold a Bachelor's degree from an institute of higher education (HBO/HLO) and obtained a minimum of 240EC (4 years of study). To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Cardiovascular Research you must meet the requirements listed below.

    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine or comparable.
    • Preferably a minimum grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0), for the Bachelor’s thesis. If you have lower grades, you are also welcome to apply for the program.
    • A clear motivation and talent for participation in the program.
    • High level of academic and professional ability and oral and written proficiency in English at an advanced level
    • Basic knowledge of Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
    • Pass the admission assessment test of the programme (more information and test-dates are described under application).

    We will also take into account your marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities.

    The Admissions Board of the master Cardiovascular Research will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required. In all cases, decisions will be made within 6 weeks after the application deadline. Only in exceptional circumstances may we deviate from the specific admission requirements. If you believe your case is subject to such exceptional circumstances, then please explain so in your letter of application.

    The Admissions Board of the master Cardiovascular Research reviews all requests for admission and selects students that meet the entry requirements. The Admissions Board also assesses whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme within the set time frame. This means the decision on your application is based on a thorough analysis.

    You can contact the programme coordinator with questions about your eligibility. However, only with the “admission email” you will be officially notified about your conditional or unconditional admission.

  • Application with a Dutch Degree

    Online admission

    We will begin accepting applications from October 1. You should complete an admission request through Studielink. You will receive a confirmation of your request as well as login details for VUnetID. Complete the application and upload all required documents relating to the admission requirements in the VUnet portal before the application deadline (June 1 for EU students).

    Complete your application in time!

    In addition to applying online, you are asked to submit a number of forms and documents (all in English). Please submit your application with all required documents before the latest date of application. If your file is incomplete at that time, we will be unable to consider your application. We will inform you of our decision within six weeks after the application deadline.

    Application procedure: Prepare documents and apply online

    Please prepare the following documents. Please note that all documents must be submitted in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Letter of Motivation including at least:
      • why you want to pursue a career in Clinical Life Sciences and Research
      • Why you choose to study this master programme at the Faculty of Medicine VU.
    • Transcript of records (provide a certified translation if it is not in English).
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education.
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation - Your recommendation letters must be written by qualified persons; for instance the supervisor of your Bachelor thesis or coordinator of major Bachelor courses.

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

    English language proficiency

    You must have passed the English courses in your previous education. In case the admission board decides that the level of English proficiency is not clear based on de previous education and/or admission assessment test, students will be asked to provide a VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP certificate with a minimum score of 580.

    Assessment test

    An assessment test is part of the admission procedure. You need to pass this test.

    The test is based on a scientific article on scientific research in the field of clinical life sciences. This article will be presented to you at the test. You need to summarize and critically discuss the article. The test is graded by the Admissions Board and the results will be announced two weeks after the test date.

    You can participate in the assessment test by completing the application form

    Registration

    After being admitted to the Master Cardiovascular Research, students need to complete their registration and pay tuition fee. Information about tuition fees can be found on the central student administration website of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • I have an international degree

    This is a selective Master's programme. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Cardiovascular Research if you hold 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. For a bachelor’s degree from an institute of higher education (HBO/HLO), you need 240EC (4 years of study).

    To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Cardiovascular Research you must meet the requirements listed below.

    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine or comparable.
    • Preferably a minimum grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0), for the Bachelor’s thesis. If you have lower grades, you are also welcome to apply for the program.
    • A clear motivation and talent for participation in the program.
    • High level of academic and professional ability and oral and written proficiency in English at an advanced level
    • Basic knowledge of Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
    • Pass the admission assessment test of the programme (more information and test-dates are described under application).

    We will also take into account your marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities.

    The Admissions Board of the master Cardiovascular Research will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required. In all cases, decisions will be made within 6 weeks after the application deadline. Only in exceptional circumstances may we deviate from the specific admission requirements. If you believe your case is subject to such exceptional circumstances, then please explain so in your letter of application.

    The Admissions Board of the master Cardiovascular Research reviews all requests for admission and selects students that meet the entry requirements. The Admissions Board also assesses whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme within the set time frame. This means the decision on your application is based on a thorough analysis.

    You can contact the programme coordinator with questions about your eligibility. However, only with the “admission email” you will be officially notified about your conditional or unconditional admission.

  • Application with an international degree

    Online admission

    We will begin accepting applications from October 1. You should complete an admission request through Studielink. You will receive a confirmation of your request as well as login details for VUnet. Complete the application and upload all required documents relating to the admission requirements in the VUnet portal before the application deadline (April 1 for non-EU students and June 1 for EU students). EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.

    Complete your application in time!

    In addition to applying online, you are asked to submit a number of forms and documents (all in English). Please submit your application with all required documents before the latest date of application. If your file is incomplete at that time, we will be unable to consider your application. We will inform you of our decision within six weeks after the application deadline.

    Application procedure: Prepare documents and apply online

    Please prepare the following documents. Please note that all documents must be submitted in English.

    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Letter of Motivation including at least:
      • why you want to pursue a career in Clinical Life Sciences and Research;
      • Why you choose to study this master programme at the Faculty of Medicine VU.
    • Transcript of records (provide a certified translation if it is not in English).
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education.
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation - Your recommendation letters must be written by qualified persons; for instance the supervisor of your Bachelor thesis or coordinator of major Bachelor courses.
    • English language certificate (see information below)
    • Bachelor thesis

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

    English language proficiency International degree holders

    VU Amsterdam requires international students to pass an English language proficiency test.

    Exceptions are made for students:

    • who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.
    • who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

    Deadlines for submitting the test results are as follows:

    • Students who require visa: June 1
    • Students who do not require a visa: August 30    

    Below you will find the minimum English test scores for this master program:

    • IELTS: 6.5 - please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one!
    • TOEFL paper-based test: 580
    • TOEFL-ITP: 580
    • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): C
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C
    • VU-test English-language proficiency: TOEFL ITP (for  Students living in The Netherlands)

    If you have an equivalent English language proficiency certificate, ask the program if it is valid by sending an email to cvrmaster@vumc.nl.

    For TOEFL and IELTS, the test must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. A copy of your English test result can be send to your International Student Advisor.

    Assessment test

    An assessment test is part of the admission procedure. You need to pass this test.

    The test is based on a scientific article on scientific research in the field of clinical life sciences. This article will be presented to you at the test. You need to summarize and critically discuss the article. The test is graded by the Admissions Board and the results will be announced two weeks after the test date.

    You can participate in the assessment test by completing the application form. 

    International students will get the possibility to do the assessment test through an online interview with the Admissions Board. After we have received and reviewed your portfolio and when we have your application for the admission test, we will invite you for an interview. Make sure that sound and camera are working on your computer. Keep a passport or ID card nearby.

    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.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here.
    For more information, international students may also contact the International Student Advisor: masters.vumc@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? Please contact Miriam E. van Strien, PhD. Programme Coordinator: cvrmaster@vumc.nl

Dutch students are also welcome to call +31 20 44 46345

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.vumc@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

  • Sandra van Daalen
  • International Student Advisor
  • VUMC School of Medical Sciences
  • masters.vumc@vu.nl