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Masters in Cardiovascular Research (RM)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Length: 2 years
Study pace: Full time
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Amsterdam
Language: English
Start date: September 2018
Price: 2,060 EUR

Program description

Program description

Cardiovascular Research: Are you a researcher at heart?

Do you have a biomedical background and an interest in working in a multidisciplinary environment in a team of highly educated colleagues? Do you enjoy working with people who dare to challenge each other in order to get the best results and to give top-notch presentations to the scientific and clinical world? If so, the Cardiovascular Research Master’s program was made for you.

You probably know someone in your surroundings who has suffered a heart attack or cardiac arrest. Cardiovascular disease is a leading causes of death in the Western world. In the Netherlands more than 100 people die every day due to cardiovascular disease. To reduce this number, scientific research is needed. In the MSc cardiovascular program, you will contribute to this crucial research.

This Master’s program offers challenges in the areas of improving imaging techniques for early diagnosis and follow-up care in the event of cardiac diseases. If you have a medical background and an interest in translational cardiovascular research, this Master’s program can offer you a highly stimulating environment in which to expand your knowledge and advance your skills and opportunities for future cooperation from researcher to practitioner.

The program in a nutshell

The cardiovascular research Master’s is a two-year program (120 credits) providing students with tremendous opportunities to fulfil their personal ambitions. The program is research-oriented and has a multidisciplinary character. Students are trained in state-of-the-art techniques in cardiovascular research and diagnosis and therapy.

This Master’s program aims to provide the general background for clinically oriented research. It offers a number of cardiovascular core courses to prepare for and complement the practical training in original major and minor research projects. The major research projects are carried out at VU Medical Center, in affiliated hospitals, or in the research units of our partners in industry and government. Staff members of the Institute for Cardiovascular Research supervise these research projects. The Institute for Cardiovascular Research is involved in a number of international networks, facilitating internships in Europe or further afield.

A selected group of students will be offered the opportunity to take extra advanced courses with the added duty of taking on a research placement in a renowned research centre abroad. These programs are known as topmasters in the Dutch system.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

  1. A bio-medically or life sciences oriented Bachelor's degree.
  2. Preferably a GPA of 3,5 (7,5 in the Dutch grading system) or higher.
  3. Preferably an A grade (8 in the Dutch grading system) for the bachelor thesis.
  4. Two reference letters (one from the supervisor of the bachelor thesis).
  5. A motivation letter
  6. Assessment - on basic knowledge of biology and physiology
  7. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English (English language proficiency test).

Continuing studies

Career prospects

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. 

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880 . The university offers over 120 English taught programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. Students and staff of 84 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The...


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De Boelelaan 1105
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