Masters in Cardiovascular Research (RM)Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Masters in Cardiovascular Research (RM)
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Masters in Cardiovascular Research (RM)
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.
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- Academic Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences or comparable. If you hold a BSc degree in a closely related discipline (e.g. Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Movement Sciences, Artificial Intelligence or Medicine or another relevant science program) you are also eligible to apply
- Preferably a minimum grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0), for the Bachelor’s thesis. If you have lower grades, you are also welcome to apply for the program.
- A clear motivation and talent for participation in the program.
- High level of academic and professional ability and oral and written proficiency in English at an advanced level.
- Basic knowledge of Cardiovascular Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.
- Pass the admission test of the master program.
Please go to the programme's web site for more detailed requirements
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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.
- Compulsory courses - 30 EC
- Minor Internship - 30 EC
- Optional courses - 12 EC
- Literature Study - 9 EC
- Major Internship (Master Thesis) - 36 EC
Scholarships & funding
With our own scholarship, the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP), we offer highly motivated students with excellent study results the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree with financial support provided by the university. The VUFP scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. The Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP) is meant for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to follow a Master’s programme in the Netherlands. VU Amsterdam embraces diversity as an enrichment to our teaching, research and our contribution to society. This scholarship is specifically intended for excellent students who contribute to the diversity at our campus. As an international student planning to study at VU Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries.
- EU-EER students fee: € 2,168
- NON-EU students fee: € 15,320
MSc in Cardiovascular Research
We aim to boost cardiovascular higher education and prepare master students for future challenges in the field of Cardiovascular Science.
When you have finished your program you will be trained as a professional in Cardiovascular Research. The next step in your career might be a PhD position and become the next top scientist in the cardiovascular field. Other possibilities are large pharmaceutical or biotech companies. Five years after the start of the program approximately 90% of all the students have a job within or outside academia.
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...
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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