Biomedical Sciences

Researching diseases, getting to grips with them and helping to solve them
Students with an international diploma can find more information on the international Biomedical Sciences page.

De bacheloropleiding Biomedische Wetenschappen aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam richt zich op de biologie van de gezonde en de zieke mens, op het doen van wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar het ontstaan en verloop van ziektes en naar de mogelijkheden tot ingrijpen daarin.
De opleiding wordt gekenmerkt door het aanbieden van kennis op alle in de biomedische wetenschappen te onderscheiden organisatieniveaus: van het moleculaire niveau tot en met het niveau van humane populaties en de samenleving.

Vanaf september 2018 wordt de opleiding Biomedische Wetenschappen aan de VU een Engelstalige bachelor.

 

The essence of human beings and health

If you want to explore the very essence of human beings, to understand the biology of the healthy human body and the onset of disease, then Biomedical Sciences is the programme for you. You will learn about human biology, and how to apply this knowledge in scientific research to medical issues surrounding health and disease. There are still so many diseases and conditions for which we have no solutions. So it is all the more important for us to expand our knowledge of how exactly our body works. Accordingly, you will study this at every level, from molecules to human populations.

Looking further as a biomedical scientist

VU Amsterdam means looking further. In addition to your training as an academic expert in human biology and in molecular biology, you will also learn how to examine biomedical issues using a multidisciplinary approach. Based on Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s Human Health & Life Sciences theme, you will develop both the biological knowledge and applied skills that you will need, as a biomedical scientist, to make a difference at the cutting edge of biomedical science.

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You will be personally trained by top lecturers in the field of Biomedical Sciences research. These experienced lecturers are from VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science and from the VU University Medical Center. Biomedical Sciences is a wide-ranging programme with a strong academic background. This is the ideal preparation for you to explore issues at greater depth in a Master’s programme. You will also have a wide range of job options once you have graduated.

As ‘knowledge creators’, biomedical scientists can design and implement research projects, give presentations at conferences at home and abroad, collaborate (and compete) with counterparts around the world, and much more besides. As a ‘knowledge translator’, you will be able to express your knowledge in terms that are readily understandable to others – as a lecturer or journalist, for example. So there is no lack of career prospects, indeed the field is enjoying a period of rapid growth and development. Competent biomedical scientists will only become more important as time goes on.

Are you curious about how our alumni are getting on? Read the stories of Eveliene, Sentini, Frank, Hilde en Rijco.
Admission criteria and application procedure for international students can be found here.

VWO diploma
You can study Biomedical Sciences at VU Amsterdam if you have one of the following VWO profiles:
  • Natuur en Gezondheid, supplemented with Physics
  • Natuur en Techniek, supplemented with Biology
  • Economie en Maatschappij, supllemented with Physics, Chemistry and Biology
  • Cultuur en Maatschappij, supplemented with Mathematics A or B, Physics, Chemistry and Biology

HBO propaedeutic year 
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional modular certificate on 6 VWO level in the following subjects: Mathematics A or B*, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. 

HBO completed programme 
You will be eligible for admission to this bachelor programme if you obtain additional modular certificate on 6 VWO level in the following subjects: Mathematics A or B*, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

* Does not apply to the hbo study programme Toegepaste Wiskunde/Mathematical Engineering.

Aged 21 or over?       
Dutch applicants who do not meet any of the above educational requirements and who are aged 21 or over, may be admitted by way of colloquium doctum. This requires obtaining the following modular certificates on 6 VWO level:

  • English
  • Mathematics A or B
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

meet prerequisites?
You can obtain your certificates at various institutions.

Sound interesting?
Great! Apply today.

As a prospective Biomedical Sciences student you will take part in the VU Matching Programme. VU Matching is an element of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. It consists of two parts, you must fill out a digital questionnaire on VUnet and participate in a matching activity organised by the programme. The matching activity aims to give you a realistic idea of the content of the study, so you can determine if it matches your expectations and, whether you have chosen the right programme.

Dutch Nationals are expected to participate in the matching activity on campus. This activity will take place in the period of Monday May 27 until and including Tuesday June 11, 2019. Please consider this when planning your holiday(job). Keep an eye out for the invitation email for the matching activity which will be send by the end of April 2019.

International students are expected to participate in a digital matching activity once they are conditionally admitted. Invitations will be send beginning of March, end of April and beginning of June.

For general information about matching check out the website VU Matching [Dutch] or VU Matching [English]. If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the matching coordinator for the Faculty of Sciences: matching.beta@vu.nl.

Questions?
If you any questions about the course of study or entrance requirements please send us an email.

If you have a specific question about applying with a non-Dutch diploma you can contact our International Student Advisor, Julia Tan. The ISA will help you with practicalities about your bachelor admission and support you throughout the application process.

Bachelor's Day
On Bachelor’s Day, you can obtain detailed information at the information fair and visit the programme’s information tour.

Taster Days
Come and try a Taster Day at VU Amsterdam! Spend a day (or part of a day) as a guest of the Biomedical Sciences programme, or shadow a first-year student. Either way, the Taster Day is sure to give you a good impression of whether the programme matches your interests and abilities. After the Bachelor's Day, you can apply for another Taster Day at Biomedical Sciences

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This is what you’ll be doing

You will acquire a basic knowledge of Biomedical Sciences, and acquire the basic skills, especially in molecular and cellular biology. You will be able to select one optional subject while you are still in year 1.

You can find comprehensive details about the first year in our study guide.

You will explore Biomedical Sciences in more depth, with a greater focus on human biology. In addition, you will develop more in-depth knowledge, insight and skills in various areas of Biomedical Sciences. You will complete the year with two optional subjects.

You can find comprehensive details about the second year in our study guide.

For the most part, you will design your own programme. The first semester is reserved for optional components, such as a minor. Afterwards, you will follow a compulsory course (including ‘Scientific writing in English’) which prepares you for the research placement, parallel to a compulsory subject in the philosophy of science and ethics.

You can find comprehensive details about the third year in our study guide.

You can find more information about the structure of the Bachelor’s programme in Biomedical Sciences in the year schedule.
The study guide for the academic year 2018-2019 will be updated around July 2018.

You will acquire a basic knowledge of Biomedical Sciences, and acquire the basic skills, especially in molecular and cellular biology. You will be able to select one optional subject while you are still in year 1.

You can find comprehensive details about the first year in our study guide.

You will explore Biomedical Sciences in more depth, with a greater focus on human biology. In addition, you will develop more in-depth knowledge, insight and skills in various areas of Biomedical Sciences. You will complete the year with two optional subjects.

You can find comprehensive details about the second year in our study guide.

For the most part, you will design your own programme. The first semester is reserved for optional components, such as a minor. Afterwards, you will follow a compulsory course (including ‘Scientific writing in English’) which prepares you for the research placement, parallel to a compulsory subject in the philosophy of science and ethics.

You can find comprehensive details about the third year in our study guide.

You can find more information about the structure of the Bachelor’s programme in Biomedical Sciences in the year schedule.
The study guide for the academic year 2018-2019 will be updated around July 2018.

Samenvatting Biomedical Sciences

Taal

Engels

Duur

3 jaar

Aanmelden Voor

1 mei

StartDatum

1 september

Vorm

Voltijd

Bindend Studie Advies

norm: 42 EC

Interessegebied

Gezondheid en Beweging
Natuurwetenschappen

Jan Berkhout

Student Biomedical Sciences

Jan Berkhout

"I chose this programme because I love everything having to do with the human body and research. During the first two years, you will take one subject per teaching block. That works well for me, as it enables me to focus on a particular theme and to explore it effectively, in-depth. Our relationship with the lecturers is great – they are very approachable and they allow plenty of time to fully answer all of your questions."

Fenna Feenstra

Student Biomedical Sciences

 Fenna Feenstra

'Since primary school I am really interested in biology, and especially in the human body. It is so fascinating how our brain, lungs, and heart work. Besides this, it is fantastic to learn how we could possibly treat cancer. The optional courses of this study gave me the opportunity to discover my personal interest in Biomedical Science. Currently I am doing my internship at the VU Cancer Center. I am happy to say that I can contribute to the challenge of finding a therapy to fight cancer.'

Eline van Bloois

Student Biomedical Sciences

Eline_van_Bloois

‘I have chosen the Bachelor Biomedical Sciences because I've always been fascinated by the human body and its functions. I chose to study at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam because there are junior lecturers which guide you through your first year and thereby make the transition from high school to university easier. Another reason why I chose the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was the possibility to choose your own courses in the first and second year, so you can choose the subject that suits you best. The compulsory courses are very broad and allow you to conduct your own (literature) research or gain practical experience in the lab. This allows us to adequately create and perform in different kinds of research directions. However, if you are not interested in conducting research, there are courses that focus on other fields of work as well. An example is the course Science Communication for beta-researchers.’

Akash Singh

Student Biomedical Sciences

Akash_Singh

‘Biomedical Sciences for me is a study in which you fully explore the human body. It is fascinating to see how the human body works and what happens if it doesn’t. Besides Biomedical Sciences, I am studying Medicine at the VU as well. Where Medicine focuses on symptoms and patient care, Biomedical Sciences is focused on doing research in order to understand the human body in health and disease and to contribute to improved diagnostics and possible treatments.. This study shows me the major contribution of research in the medical world and how the next generation can participate in it.’

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