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Understand innovations in life science and energy science

Can you think big?

Are you ready to turn scientific inventions into successful products? And do you have a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline? Then the Master SBI may be the programme for you.

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 in September due to strict travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to offer an online alternative for this study programme. We advise you to start your study at VU Amsterdam a year later. Should the current events concerning Covid-19 in the Netherlands give rise to changes in (online) education, we will report it on the website. 

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)

    Registration for the master’s programme SBI is open to anyone who is in possession of:
    - a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Business & Innovation awarded by VU Amsterdam or
    - a Bachelor’s degree in Natuurwetenschappen en Innovatiemanagement [Natural Sciences and Innovation Management], awarded by the University of Utrecht.

    Students with a Bachelor degree from other Dutch University's, must apply via Studielink and contact the master coordinator. The master coordinator will decide if you fulfill the admission criteria. The requirements to be admissible for the master’s programme Science, Business & Innovation are formulated in terms of knowledge, acquired skills and academic level. In general, the main criteria are: 

    - Basic knowledge on bachelor level of mathematics (at least 9 EC)
    - Statistics (at least 6 EC)
    - Computer skills (at least 6 EC) and
    - Business/innovation sciences of at least 24 EC.
     
    In addition to these requirements, students entering the E&S variant need to have at least 45 EC obtained during their bachelor on chemistry and/or physics courses (including thermodynamics). Students entering the L&H variant need at least 45 EC obtained during their bachelor on chemistry and/or physics courses (including molecular and pharmaceutical sciences). 
    Language requirements
    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)
    Minimum Sub-scores  6.0

    TOEFL paper based test: 580
    TOEFL internet based test: 92
       - Minimum Sub-score Reading  18
       - Minimum Sub-score Listening  19
       - Minimum Sub-score Speaking  19
       - Minimum Sub-score Writing  23

    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.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree (premaster)
    • Pre-Master's programme SBI
      Students from science-based university Bachelor programs can enroll for the master SBI, after completing a pre-Master's programme (30 ECTS). A pre-Master's programme is also conditional for students with a (professional) Bachelor’s degree in Physics or Chemistry.
    • Pre-Master's programme international students
      This information is for students with previous education outside of the Netherlands. You do not apply directly for the pre-Master's programme. If you are interested in programme SBI you are invited to apply. SBI admission board will decide if you are eligible for the master programme or suggest the pre-Master's programme.

    For more information about the pre-Master's programme, go to the premaster page SBI.

  • 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(s) and whether you obtained your diploma in the Netherlands or abroad. You find all information about the application procedure with a Dutch 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*
    • 15 July for non-Dutch EU/EEA students
    • 15 July 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 15 July

  • I have an international degree

    The Science, Business and Innovation 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 Science, Business and Innovation 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.

    Please check here which documents you need to submit for this programme.

    Specific requirements Science, Business and Innovation Master’s programme

    The requirements to enter the SBI Master's programme are formulated in terms of knowledge, acquired skills and academic level. The main criteria are:

    • basic knowledge on Bachelor’s level of mathematics (at least 9 ECTS), statistics (at least 6 ECTS), computer skills (at least 6 ECTS) 
    • basic knowledge on business/innovation/social sciences of at least 24 ECTS. 

    In addition to these requirements, students entering the E&S variant need to have at least 45 ECTS obtained during their Bachelor’s degree on chemistry and/or physics courses (including thermodynamics). Students entering the L&H variant need at least 45 ECTS obtained during their Bachelor’s degree on chemistry and/or physics courses (including molecular and pharmaceutical sciences).

    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 programme.

    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

    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 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. 

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 Master's study advisor Marije de Roos: m.r.de.roos@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