M.Res. On Campus

Global Health - Research

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

24 months
14236 EUR/year
1084 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Are you ready to unravel the complexity of global health challenges and contribute to better health for all? Then this Global Health - Research MRes course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam may be the Master’s you are looking for. 


During the Global Health - Research MRes course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, students from all over the world embark on an intensive study of cross-cutting aspects of health problems and health systems. 

Students obtain the latest insights on specific topics, such as infectious diseases, NCDs, maternal health and mental health in Master classes and learn about inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research methods in courses. 

Special attention is given to developing students' ability to critically assess research designs and research proposals. They are taught how to design, implement and ‘measure’ interventions that address complex health challenges, and to analyse and compare different health systems. 

Global health is defined as the broad field of study, research and practice geared towards improving health and achieving equity in health. Though often used interchangeably, global health differs from the fields of public health and international health as is summarized in the table below. If you are the type of person who wishes to look beyond national boundaries and disciplinary distinctions then the field of global health and our unique master’s program may be a good fit for you.

Why Global Health?

The increasing complexity of global health issues has resulted from the following four relatively recent developments:

  • Globalization: Diseases ‘globalize’ through the increased mobility of people and goods at a rapid pace around the world.
  • Socio-economic Developments: Socio-economic developments that arise at national level often (if not always) have an impact on the rest of the world and are important for many aspects of 'health'.
  • Rise of Global Governance: Increasingly, organizations like the United Nations (UN) set global targets that aim to highlight and tackle global problems to provide universal realization of human rights across the globe.
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases: New and emerging infectious diseases (e.g. Zika, Ebola or zoonosis, such as SARS) require collaborative research and innovation of the world leading research institutes and considerable financial investments.

Promotion alumni sessions Master’s day

During the Master’s day, you can also meet our (international) alumni during several workshops. In these sessions they will tell you more about career opportunities after finishing your Master’s degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Global Health
  • Global Health Interventions
  • Governance for Global Health
  • International Comparative Analysis of Health Systems
  • Addressing Disease Burden in a Global Context
  • Advanced Methodology: Interactive Learning and Action in Global Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in one of the disciplines linked to Global Health (e.g. Medical Biology, Health Sciences, Medical Anthropology, Medicine, Health Economics, Health Management, Pharmacy, Psychology, Nursing, Public policy) with basic knowledge of epidemiology/statistics (preferably at least 6 ECTS)
  • A GPA of 3.0 (7.0 in the Dutch grading system) or higher
  • Motivation letter stating the reasons for applying for this Research Masters
  • Comprehensive CV with a list of extra-curricular activities focusing on social responsibility
  • Two reference letters (one from the supervisor of the bachelor thesis or internship).
  • A sufficient score on the web-based entry examination. Examination consists of an open essay question regarding a video discussing the aspects of Global Health and some scientific literature readings. 
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Bachelor's or Master's thesis (written in English)
  • Transcript of records

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14236 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14236 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1084 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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