Cardiovascular disease is, together with cancer, a leading cause of death in the Western world. In the Netherlands, more than 100 people die every day due to cardiovascular disease. While patient outcome following acute cardiovascular disease has improved tremendously in the last decades, patients suffer more and more from the burden of chronic diseases like diabetes, thrombosis or heart failure. To improve patient outcome, more scientific research focusing on prevention, pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy is needed. With your Master’s degree you may contribute to further improvement of health care for these patients.
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
April 1st for non-EU/EEA students, June 1st for EU/EEA students
FIELD OF INTEREST
Health and Movement
The Master Cardiovascular Research offers you a challenging program with a high degree of freedom to choose among several specialized Master courses and a number of outstanding research groups for research projects. The program coordinator advises you during your career development and helps you to set-out a tailor-made programme of your interests. The Master Cardiovascular Research is a two-year international program of 120 ECTS and tuition is completely in English.
You can find more information about the programme on our website.
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 2020-2021 academic year, in other words no later than August 31 2021. Please read carefully below which rules apply for admission into the Master’s programme Cardiovascular Research.
Master programma Cardiovascular Research
The following rules apply this year for admission into the Master's programme:
|Target Group||Number of EC at least achieved|
|(Inter)national students EER (European Economic Area)||150 EC|
|HBO bachelor students||210 EC|
|international students non-EER (European Economic Area)||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 EC or equivalent|
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
As an international student from the European Economic Area, please note that it will be extremely challenging to complete your Bachelor’s degree and simultaneously start with your Master programme at VU Amsterdam.
The Master Cardiovascular Research aims to train Bio-medically oriented Bachelors and related Bachelors in Life Sciences to become independent researchers with in depth knowledge in the field of Cardiovascular Research.
If so, the Master program in Cardiovascular Research was made for you!
This is a selective Master's programme. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Cardiovascular Research 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. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. For a bachelor’s degree from an institute of higher education (HBO/HLO) you need at least 240 EC (4 years of study).
To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in you must meet the requirements listed below.
We will also take into account your marks for relevant courses, study progress and extracurricular activities.
The Admissions Board of the master Cardiovascular Research will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below 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. 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.
English language proficiency requirements
International degree holders
VU Amsterdam requires international students to pass an English language proficiency test.
Exceptions are made for students:
Below you will find the minimum English test scores for this master programme:
For TOEFL and IELTS, the test must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your programme starts.
Dutch degree holders
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.
The master Cardiovascular Research Admissions Board 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 will receive a written notification of the decision of the Admissions Board. You will also be notified when you are placed on a waiting list and/or if you still have to fulfil certain conditions.
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.
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 (1st of April for non-EU students and the 1st of May for EU students). EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can still apply until the 1st of May.
Complete your application in time!
In addition to applying online, you are asked to submit a number of forms and documents. Please submit your application with all required documents well before the latest date of application. If your file is incomplete at that time, we will be unable to consider your application.
Application procedure: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents. Please note that all documents must be submitted in English.
International students also have to submit a copy of their bachelor thesis (or another sample of academic writing) and course descriptions.
After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure.
An assessment test is part of the admission procedure. The test consists of two parts and you need to pass them both. You can find more information about the assessment test, the test dates and application form on our website.
Final decision of admission will be communicated before the 1st of July.
After being admitted to the Master Cardiovascular Research, students need to complete their registration and pay tuition fee. Information about tuition fees can be found on the central student administration website of the VU University Amsterdam.
For more information, visit our website or send an email to the program coordinator: email@example.com
Miriam E. van Strien, PhD
Coordinator Master Cardiovascular Research
Tel: +31 20 44 46345
Amsterdam UMC - VU University Medical Center
Institute for Education & Training, BS7 G-010
PO BOX 7075
1007 MB Amsterdam
VU University - Medical Faculty
Van der Boechorststraat 7
1081 BT Amsterdam