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Explore the influence of our genetic code on behaviour and health

Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research)

Are you fascinated by the application of genetics in the behavioural or health sciences, and do you have an active interest in research? Do you hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Educational Science or a closely related subject area?

Then the Genes in Behaviour and Health Research Master’s programme might be very interesting for you!

Important: due to COVID-19 there are adjusted admissions for this master programme. Please scroll down to the admissions to find out more. 

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Important information (due to Corona)

    Extra information on going from a Bachelor’s to the Master’s

    For the academic year 22-23, due to the corona crisis, it is possible to enter the Research Master’s programme if you did not complete your Bachelor’s programme and if you are a student from an EER country. The following applies:

    • You may lack a maximum of 10% of the number of credits from your Bachelor's programme in order to be admitted to the Research Master's programme.
    • The entry requirements of the Research Master’s programme still apply.
    • If you have not yet completed the final product of your programme (thesis, research project) and if this covers more than 10% of the Bachelor's programme, you can contact the Admissions Committee. This Committee will examine whether admission to the Research Master's programme is still possible.
    • The missing credits must be completed during the 2022-2023 academic year, in other words no later than 31 August 2023.

    We strongly advise you to do everything possible to complete your Bachelor’s programme before the end of this academic year. The study load makes it very difficult to complete missing courses while on an intensive Research Master’s programme. If you need any advice, please get in touch with your faculty’s academic advisor.

    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 for exceptional admission to a Master’s programme.

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

    The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are:

    • An academic Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Educational Science or a closely related subject area
    • An active interest in research as demonstrated in research oriented courses, internships and/or thesis
    • Education must have included research oriented courses (methods, statistics) (12 EC)
    • Good average grades. Your average grade for your academic bachelor's is preferably 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3). Students with a  lower average grade may still be admitted as the grades obtained for courses on statistics, research methods, courses related to more biologically orientated courses (biological psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, genetics) and thesis. Please note: Exceptions are possible for students who demonstrate a great motivation for the Research Master Genes in Behaviour and Health.
    • Highly motivated as demonstrated by motivation letter
    • Proficiency in English. English language skills for those who did not follow earlier English-language education will need to be demonstrated, as reaching an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL paper-based test score of 580, a TOEFL Internet-based test score of 92-93 or Cambridge Advanced English classification of A , B or C

    The Admissions Board will evaluate your application, which includes a written motivation and two letters of reference.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
    Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English in pdf-format.

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
    • Thesis (if available)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Master Genes in Behaviour and Health and in VUnet you can submit your documents and pay the application fee. After you have completed the application in VUnet, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail.

    Step 2: Await decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
    Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Deadlines for application: 

    The deadlines for application:

    • Deadline for submitting application in Studielink and at VU.nl: 15 July.
    • Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.
  • I have an international degree

    We are looking for highly motivated students with an interest in the application of genetics in the behavioural or health sciences, with sufficient background in statistics, biology and psychology.

    The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are:

    • An academic Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Educational Science or a closely related subject area
    • An active interest in research as demonstrated in research oriented courses, internships and/or thesis
    • Education must have included research oriented courses (methods, statistics) (12 EC)
    • Good average grades. Your average grade for your academic bachelor's is preferably 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3). Students with a  lower average grade may still be admitted. In its assessment, the admission board focuses at the grades obtained for courses on statistics, research methods, courses related to more biologically orientated courses (biological psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, genetics) and thesis. Please note: Exceptions are possible for students who demonstrate a great motivation for the Research Master Genes in Behaviour and Health.
    • Highly motivated as demonstrated by motivation letter.
    • Proficiency in English. English language skills for those who did not follow earlier English-language education will need to be demonstrated, as reaching an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL paper-based test score of 580, a TOEFL Internet-based test score of 92 or Cambridge Advanced English classification of A , B or C. 

    The Admissions Board will evaluate your application, which includes a written motivation and two letters of reference.


    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.

    Note that deadlines for the scholarships are/may be earlier than those for application to the programme.

    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.

  • Application with an international degree

    Required format and required documents
    Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template.

    If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
    Please prepare the required documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Master Genes in Behaviour and Health and in VUnet you can submit your document and pay the application fee. After you have completed the application in VUnet, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail.

    Step 2: Await decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
    Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Deadlines for application: 

    The deadlines for application are as follows:

    • 1 April: Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit.
    • 15 June: Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 15 June: EU/EEA or Dutch students with an international degree.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

Send an email 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.fbms@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 read the FAQ or contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

Contact

  • Nina Vredegoor
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
  • masters.fbms@vu.nl