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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (pre-Master's programme)

Interested in a Master’s Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at VU Amsterdam?

But you find that your previous education does not meet the admission requirements? Then the pre-Master’s programme Bioinformatics and Systems Biology is for you.

Please note: if you obtained your Bachelor's degree abroad, and are thus an international applicant, you cannot apply to the pre-Master's directly. You always have to first apply to the relevant Master's programme, after which the admissions board can decide whether a pre-Master's programme is a suitable option.

Admission requirements and application

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    IMPORTANT: CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

    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 (pre)master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that, under certain conditions, students who are lacking credits for no more than a few courses (this may also be the final project), will still be able to start their Premaster programme 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 Premaster programme.

    The following rules apply this year for admission into this Premaster programme:

    Target group

    Number of EC at least achieved / % EC achieved


    HBO bachelor students


    210 EC

    University level (WO) students


    150 EC

    Please note that, apart from the rules above, other admission criteria / requirements that are not EC related are still applicable and must be met to be considered for admission into the Premaster programme.

    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. 

  • Rules for admission into the pre-Master's programme

    The following rules apply to admission to this pre-Master's programme

    Number of EC minimal achieved:
    HBO studentes - 210 EC
    University students - 150 EC note that, apart from the rules above, other admission criteria / requirements that are not EC related are still applicable and must be met to be considered for admission into the Premaster programme.

    To enter the pre-master's Programme, an English Language Test is required. VU 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:

    -    IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (due to Covid-19 the IELTS Indicator will also be accepted for admissions in 2020)

    -    TOEFL paper based test: 580

    -    TOEFL internet based test: 92

    -    VU TOEFL ITP: 580

    -    Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C

    -    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C


    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.

    N.B. a pre-master assessment is not required.

Want to know more?

Please contact us

For questions about admission and transfer to the MSc programme, e-mail: info-msc-bsb.beta@vu.nl.

If you have any general questions about the pre-Master’s

you can contact the Education Office at: admission.beta@vu.nl. The application deadline is July 15.