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Become a scientific researcher in the field of oncology

Are you interested in Oncology and Immunology research?

The Master's in Oncology aims to train Bio-medically oriented Bachelor's students and students in related Bachelor's in Life Sciences to become independent researchers with in depth knowledge in the field of Oncology.

  • Does the impact of cancer on a patient's life and their surrounding trigger you to fight this disease?
  • Do you have a biomedical background and are you interested in working in a multidisciplinary environment?
  • Do you enjoy working with people who dare to challenge each in other in order to get the best results?

If so, the Master's programme in Oncology was made for you!

An average of 35 talented students from the Netherlands, Europe or outside Europe are admitted to the Master's programme each year.

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)

    This is a selective Master's programme. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Oncology 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 Oncology you must meet the requirements listed below.

    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine or comparable.
    • Well-developed academic skills including writing and presenting skills, the ability to evaluate and apply knowledge, and the ability to engage in critical thinking.
    • A clear motivation and talent for participation in the programme.
    • Basic knowledge of Molecular Biology, Oncology & Immunology.
    • Research Laboratory skills (a bachelor internship of > 12 EC).
    • Pass the admission assessment test of the programme (more information and test-dates are described under application).

    We will also take into account your grade point average, marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities. The Admissions Board of the master Oncology 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 Oncology 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 (pre-master's)

    This is a selective Master's programme. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Oncology 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 Oncology you must meet the requirements listed below.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine or comparable.
    • Well-developed academic skills including writing and presenting skills, the ability to evaluate and apply knowledge, and the ability to engage in critical thinking.
    • A clear motivation and talent for participation in the programme.
    • Basic knowledge of Molecular Biology, Oncology & Immunology.
    • Research Laboratory skills (a bachelor internship of > 12 EC).
    • Pass the admission assessment test of the programme (more information and test-dates are described under application).

    We will also take into account your grade point average, marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities. The Admissions Board of the master Oncology 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 Oncology 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 VUnet. 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.

    Required format and required documents
    Please note: 
    you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF, using the Application Form Template. Submit the form via email, fill out the form and scan as PDF > attach PDF to email and send: masteroncology.vu@amsterdamumc.nl 

    Application procedure:
    Prepare documents and apply online. 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 Oncology 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.

    Admission Assessment test

    An admission assessment test is part of the admission procedure. The test consits of two components, a multiple choice questions (the test takes one hour) and a online interview. Students are required to pass both components of assessment.

    The first part of the test consists of multiple-choice questions on Oncology and Immunology.
    Suggested learning material for this test is: Molecular Biology of Cancer, 3rd edition by L. Pecorino (ISBN 9780199577170) and Janeway’s Immunobiology, 8th edition by K. Murphy (ISBN 9780815342434), but comparable basic Oncology and Immunology books are also sufficient.
    The test is graded by the Admission Board. The results will be announced within seven working days after the test date.

    The second part of the assessment you will be invited for an online interview. You will receive a scientific article on Oncology shortly before the interview, which you need to summarize and critically discuss.

    Admission Test and interview dates:
    Part I_ Assessment Test: Thursday 6 June 2024
    Part II_ Online Interview: TBA

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

    Registration

    After being admitted to the Master Oncology, 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 Oncology 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 Oncology you must meet the requirements listed below.

    • Academic Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine or comparable.
    • Well-developed academic skills including writing and presenting skills, the ability to evaluate and apply knowledge, and the ability to engage in critical thinking.
    • A clear motivation and talent for participation in the programme.
    • Basic knowledge of Molecular Biology, Oncology & Immunology.
    • Research Laboratory skills (a bachelor internship of > 12 EC).
    • Pass the admission assessment test of the programme (more information and test-dates are described under application).

    We will also take into account your grade point average, marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities. The Admissions Board of the master Oncology 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 Oncology 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.

    Assessment test

    The assessment consists of two parts.

    The first part of the assessment is a test. You can participate in the assessment test by completing the application form. The test takes one hour and consists of multiple-choice questions on Oncology and Immunology. Suggested learning material for this test is: Molecular Biology of Cancer, 3rd edition by L. Pecorino (ISBN 9780199577170) and Janeway’s Immunobiology, 8th edition by K. Murphy (ISBN 9780815342434), but comparable basic Oncology and Immunology books are also sufficient. The test is graded by the Admission Board and the results will be announced two weeks after the test date.

    For the second part of the assessment we will invite you for an online interview.  You will receive a scientific article on Oncology shortly before the interview, which you need to summarize and critically discuss.

    For the assessment you need to pass both the test and the online interview.

    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?
Please contact Marwa Soliman, Msc. Programme Coordinator: masteroncology.vu@amsterdamumc.nl

Dutch students are also welcome to call  + 31 62 514 89 33 

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.

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.

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.

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