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36 months

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EUR 2060

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EUR 32000

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About Medicine, Profile 'Global Health' at University of Groningen

Why is ethnicity important in studying diabetes? What is the risk of tuberculosis these days? What does 'Right to Health' mean? What is the effect of poverty on health?

How do you deal with the cultural diversity of patients andcolleagues when you are a general practitioner in Amsterdam (160different nationalities)? How do you adapt treatment andprevention programmes to the specific target groups? How do globalepidemics influence your work?

In the Global Health learning community, we focus on the majorfactors that influence the health of individuals and populationsworldwide. Their needs cannot be solved via Medicine alone.Therefore, the programme also includes an introduction to Finance,Law, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geopolitics and thework of the United Nations, and others.

The student group will include many nationalities. The languagein this community is English. You will have to prove your proficiency in Dutch during the Bachelor phase and might needto learn Dutch, before you can enter the Master in Medicineprogramme. Most clinical rotations in the Master phase are in theNetherlands. Yet research placements and some clinical rotationscan be performed outside the Netherlands.

We prepare our medical students for work as medical specialists,researchers or health policy makers anywhere in the world.

Waarom is etniciteit zo belangrijk bij onderzoek naar diabetes? Wat is de kans op tuberculose tegenwoordig? Wat betekent het 'recht op gezondheid'? Wat zijn de gevolgen van armoede voor gezondheid?

Hoe ga je als huisarts in Amsterdam (160 verschillendenationaliteiten) om met de culturele diversiteit van patiëntenen collega's? Hoe kun je behandelingen en preventieprogramma'saanpassen aan specifieke doelgroepen? Hoe beïnvloeden mondialeepidemieën je werk?

In de Global Health Learning Community staan de belangrijkstefactoren centraal die de gezondheid van individuen en bevolkingenwereldwijd beïnvloeden. Hun behoeften kunnen niet alleen metgeneeskunde opgelost worden. Daarom omvat het programma, naastandere thema's, ook een inleiding op financiering, recht, socialewetenschappen, milieuwetenschappen, geopolitiek en het werk van deVerenigde Naties.

De studentengroep bestaat uit vele nationaliteiten. De voertaalin deze community is Engels. Je zult je beheersing van hetNederlands tijdens de bachelorfase moeten aantonen en misschienNederlands moeten leren voordat je aan de master Geneeskunde kuntbeginnen. In de masterfase zijn de meeste klinische rotaties in hetNederlands. Er zijn echter ook onderzoeksstages en enkele klinischerotaties die buiten Nederland kunnen plaatsvinden.

Wij bereiden onze medische studenten voor op het werken alsmedisch specialisten, onderzoekers of gezondheidsbeleidsmakers waarook ter wereld.

After your studies

Job prospects

After receiving your Master's degree you can pursue a career inglobal health or a different field in Medicine. You can work in ahospital to become a medical specialist or find a job as aresearcher, teacher or policy advisor.

Na het afronden van je masteropleiding kun werken op het gebiedvan Global Health of in een andere tak van de medische wetenschap.Je kunt je werk voortzetten in het ziekenhuis en je ontwikkelen totmedisch specialist. Je kunt ook gaan werken als onderzoeker, docentof beleidsadviseur.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 32000

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knowledge minimum

Admission will include a decentralized selection procedure (nota ballot). For information about the decentralized selection pleasecheck the following site:

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previous education

For international students to be eligible to the program youmust have attained the necessary qualifications for admittance intoa Bachelor's in Medicine program in your own country; yoursecondary education must be comparable to Dutch VWO diploma andinclude qualifications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics+ English. For more information send an e-mail to

other admission requirements

Please note: Studielink only knows geneeskunde (=Dutch forMedicine). Please select Geneeskunde in Studielink as the degreeyou want to apply for. We will ask you in a later stadium whichlearning community you want to participate in.

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based92

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 120 attendees a year.

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What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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