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Bachelor in Biomedical Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Virtual open day
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Program description

Bachelor in Biomedical Science

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 program 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 medical 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.

The program in a nutshell

The program starts in the first year with an introductory course in which you will get acquainted with the field of biomedical science and acquire basic academic competences that you will further develop over the entire duration of the program. Courses offered in the first year cover basic concepts, such as genetics, cell biology, immunology, and evolutionary biology. In the second year you will explore specialization areas in the biomedical sciences, such as neuroscience, medical pharmacology and oncology. There is also a lot of freedom to choose your own direction and broaden your horizon through elective courses offered in all years, a 30 EC minor in year 3, and a four-month practical internship in one of the many research or clinical departments at VU Amsterdam or VU Medical Center, or at another university or research institute of your choice.

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Admission requirements

In order to be selected, candidates must meet the following admission criteria.

  1. A diploma equivalent to a Dutch VWO diploma, including biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics (or demonstrable pre- knowledge at Dutch VWO-level in all four areas).
  2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics and English

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Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 11,426


On completion of this program, students will receive a Bachelor in Biomedical Science.

Continuing studies

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 program with a strong academic background. This is the ideal preparation for you to explore issues at greater depth in a Master’s program. 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.

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About this institute

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...

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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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1081 HV Amsterdam
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