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Meet the global health challenge

Are you ready to unravel the complexities of global health challenges and contribute to better health for all?

Then this research master’s in Global Health may be the programme you are looking for.

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 due to strict travel restrictions, there will be an online alternative for lectures and exams for this study programme up until semester 1. We expect everybody back on campus from March 2022 on.

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)

    A successful applicant should possess the following skills and qualities:

    • Good academic achievement 
    • Aptitude for critical analysis and logical thinking 
    • Experience with several scientific disciplines (for instance studying medicine, but doing work with social care during elective)
    • High motivation 
    • Social responsibility
    • Excellent social and communication skills (in English).

    We assess these skills and qualities through the specific admission requirements listed below: 

    • A Bachelor’s degree in one of the disciplines linked to Global Health (e.g. Medical Biology, Health Sciences, Medical Anthropology, Medicine, Health Economics, Health Management, Pharmacy, Psychology, Nursing, Public policy) with basic knowledge of epidemiology/statistics (preferably at least 6 EC). A deficiency in the knowledge of Epidemiology can be compensated by taking additional courses (before the commencement of the study).
    • A GPA of 3.0 (7.0 in the Dutch grading system) or higher. For non-EU students, the transcript and the quality of the Bachelor’s program are evaluated by the VU International Office. If the diploma or a previous study program is not known by the International Office, the file of the student is sent to the NUFFIC office for additional evaluation and advice.
    • Motivation letter stating the reasons for applying for this Research Masters
    • Comprehensive CV with a list of extra-curricular activities focusing on social responsibility, e.g. volunteer work or other activities showing the social qualities of the student. 
    • Two reference letters (one from the supervisor of the bachelor thesis or internship).
    • A sufficient score on the web-based entry examination. Examination consists of an open essay question regarding a video discussing the aspects of Global Health and some scientific literature readings. 
    • Receive a positive recommendation on the basis of an interview with the program director and/or master coordinator (held in person or via Skype depending on the location and possibilities of the student).
    • For those who have not completed previous studies in English a minimum score of 580 for the paper version of the TOEFL test (or an equivalent measuring the level of C1 in ‘Common European Framework of References for languages’ (CEFR)).

    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.

    Please refer to the Language 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.

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

    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).

  • 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 a Dutch or 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.


    Required documents 

    This Master’s programme requires students with a Dutch bachelor's degree to upload the following documents on VUweb. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page for international students. All documents should be provided in English.

    • Letter of Motivation*
    • Curriculum Vitae*
    • Bachelor's transcript (including your GPA)*
    • Course descriptions of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education, including the literature used*
    • 2 letters of recommendation*
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
    • 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 Global Health 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 Global Health 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. 

    Specific requirements for the Global Health Master’s programme

    A successful applicant should possess the following skills and qualities:

    • Good academic achievement 
    • Aptitude for critical analysis and logical thinking 
    • Experience with several scientific disciplines (for instance studying medicine, but doing work with social care during elective)
    • High motivation 
    • Social responsibility
    • Excellent social and communication skills (in English).

    We assess these skills and qualities through the specific admission requirements listed below: 

    • A Bachelor’s degree in one of the disciplines linked to Global Health (e.g. Medical Biology, Health Sciences, Medical Anthropology, Medicine, Health Economics, Health Management, Pharmacy, Psychology, Nursing, Public policy) with basic knowledge of epidemiology/statistics (preferably at least 6 ECTS). A deficiency in the knowledge of Epidemiology can be compensated by taking additional courses (before the commencement of the study).
    • A GPA of 3.0 (7.0 in the Dutch grading system) or higher. For non-EU students, the transcript and the quality of the Bachelor’s program are evaluated by the VU International Office. If the diploma or a previous study program is not known by the International Office, the file of the student is sent to the NUFFIC office for additional evaluation and advice.
    • Motivation letter stating the reasons for applying for this Research Masters
    • Comprehensive CV with a list of extra-curricular activities focusing on social responsibility, e.g. volunteer work or other activities showing the social qualities of the student. 
    • One recommendation letter (preferably from the supervisor of the bachelor thesis or internship).
    • A sufficient score on the web-based entry examination. Examination consists of an open essay question regarding a video discussing the aspects of Global Health and some scientific literature readings. 

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

  • 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 Elena Syurina: globalhealth@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