24 months
22770 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Cardiovascular Research at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the focus scientific areas of Amsterdam UMC. The programme is embedded and aligned with the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences (ACS) Institute.


The Cardiovascular Research programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam includes education regarding the development, diagnosis and treatment of heart and vessel disease, and focusses on diseases with a huge societal impact, such as diabetes, myocardial infarction, thrombosis and heart failure. Furthermore, students will learn more about e.g. medical technology and imaging.

The programme:

  • is designed to equip you to become the next generation of scientists who are eager to understand the causes of (cardiovascular) disease and develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic modalities; 
  • offers a small scale programme providing personal attention and guidance;
  • is developed by passionate clinical and preclinical scientists who are active in the field of Clinical life Sciences;
  • is unique and teaches from the perspective of translational research.

Entering the job market; opting for a PhD or another career

Approximately 50% of all our students will start as a researcher in academia soon after graduation. Of course, other employers, such as pharmaceutical companies or biotech companies and policymakers are also interested in versatile students with your background.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Heart and circulation
  • Cardiac disease
  • Diabetes and vascular disease
  • From advanced imaging to stemcells
  • Biostatistics
  • Writing a Research Proposal
  • Minor Internship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Cardiovascular Research you must meet the requirements listed below.

  • Academic Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine or comparable.
  • 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 assessment test of the programme (more information and test-dates are described under application).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22770 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22770 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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