• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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 the Biomedical Sciences bachelor degree from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 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.
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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, by choosing the Biomedical Sciences programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you will study this at every level, from molecules to human populations.

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.  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. 

Career prospects

  • 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 Life Sciences 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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Biomedical sciences and Genetics
  • Biochemistry and Cell biology - histology
  • Microbiology - toxicology
  • Human development 
  • Evolutionary developmental biology
  • Research in Biomedical Sciences and an elective course
  • Immunology

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diploma 
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12335 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12335 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
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