Philosophy, Bioethics and Health (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 16630 per year

All study options

About Philosophy, Bioethics and Health at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Tackle healthcare's hardest dilemmas

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.

In the Philosophy, Bioethics and Health specialisation of the two-year Master's in Philosophy, 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.

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 awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 16630 per year

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the programme, you should:

  • have a Bachelor's degree in Medicine, Health Sciences, Psychology, or related disciplines.
  • be eligible to a health-related Master's programme (in principle, Faculty of Sciences, VU Amsterdam).

Part of the PBH-programme consists of courses (30EC in total) that are offered by a health-related Master's programme (in principle, Faculty of Sciences, VU Amsterdam). Therefore, it is a requirement that PBH-students are admissible to such a health-related Master's programme, too.

English language requirements

You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven't taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

  • TOEFL score 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests).
  • IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.

Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:

  • have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
  • have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
  • have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union

The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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