Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research Master) (MRes)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the Netherlands

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The award

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2083 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 14600 per year

All study options

About Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research Master) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Genes in Behaviour and Health: Research Master

While the 20th century was the century of physics, we have now entered the century of the genome. Twin studies and more recently molecular genetic studies have highlighted the influence of our genetic code on our behaviour and health. To adequately understand and influence behaviour and health, we need to increase our understanding of the way our genes play their part, by itself and in interaction with our environment.

The research master Genes in Behaviour and Health is a two-year full time programme that will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the relevant research methods to design and carry out high-quality research within the field of behaviour genetics and genetic epidemiology. In choosing this research master you will take the first steps to become part of a new generation of talented researchers capable of contributing to the rapid spread of omics from curative medicine to wider applications in the behavioural and health sciences involving prevention and care.

Opting for the research master’s programme brings you into an inspiring research environment. The Department of Biological Psychology is famous for its Netherlands Twin Register, an unique data repository, containing genetic and environmental information for more than 50,000 twin families, who are followed longitudinally. You will be taught by expert staff members and by researchers from other institutes worldwide regularly visit to give lectures and workshops.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMResHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2083 per yearInternational course feesEUR 14600 per year

Entry requirements

We are looking for highly motivated students with an interest in the application of genetics in the behavioural or health sciences, with sufficient background in statistics, biology and psychology.

The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are:

  • An academic Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Educational Science or a closely related subject area
  • An active interest in research as demonstrated in research oriented courses, internships and/or thesis
  • Education must have included research oriented courses (methods, statistics) (12 EC)
  • Good average grades. Your average grade for your academic bachelor's is 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3). In its assessment, the admission board focuses at the grades obtained for courses on statistics, research methods, courses related to more biologically orientated courses (biological psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, genetics) and thesis. Please note: Exceptions are possible for profiles of ancillary activities which demonstrate a great motivation for the Research Master Genes in Behaviour and Health, community involvement and/or entrepeneurship
  • Highly motivated as demonstrated by motivation letter.
  • Proficiency in English. English language skills for those who did not follow earlier English-language education will need to be demonstrated, as reaching an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL paper-based test score of 580, a TOEFL Internet-based test score of 92-93 or Cambridge Advanced English classification of A , B or C.

    The Admissions Board will evaluate your application, which includes a written motivation and two letters of reference.

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