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Philosophy, Bioethics and Health

24 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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In the Philosophy, Bioethics and Health programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you’ll tackle challenging ethical and philosophical questions in the context of medicine and health. This is truly a programme for today’s evolving world.


What are the ethical considerations behind palliative care and euthanasia? Where do we draw the line between preventing serious handicaps in children and creating “designer babies”? Who determines whether a patient’s personality has changed after neurological surgery?

The field of bioethics has surged in recent years due to breakthroughs in medicine and technological advances. But these have also led to new and puzzling questions – not just for scientists and doctors but for society as a whole.

This Philosophy, Bioethics and Health programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is especially designed for students with a health-related background – such as health sciences, medicine, psychology or biomedical sciences – and a deep interest in the ethics behind medicine and health. 

It’s a challenging proposition because you’ll follow another Master’s programme at the same time, meaning that you can come out with two Master’s degrees – one in Philosophy and another in a health-related subject. A unique selling point, as you’ll have an all-round training that’s both broad and deep – as well as being a very attractive offer for future employers, like healthcare organizations. 

Various job opportunities

Graduates from the programme have gone on to do many different things: some have obtained PhD positions at VU Amsterdam, VU Medical Centre or other universities. Some have become researchers – for example at the Rathenau Institute, a technology assessment organisation. 

Some have gone on to work as clinical ethicists or advisors to the management and board within healthcare organisations, health insurance companies, medical ethical committees and other organisations dealing with societal and ethical issues in healthcare. And others have become policymakers for government departments.


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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioethics, Technology and Law
  • Philosophy of Science: Disciplines and Themes
  • Normative Ethics
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: Mind and Body
  • Modern Philosophy: Mind and Body

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

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Health Sciences, Psychology, or related disciplines
  • Transcript of records (scan from original)
  • Course descriptions (i.e. for courses related to the discipline of the Master, and for courses on general academic skills)
  • List of literature (the most important literature used for the courses)
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (max. one A4)
  • Thesis or sample of academic writing

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 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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