Biomolecular Sciences - Biological Chemistry (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 15320 per year

All study options

About Biomolecular Sciences - Biological Chemistry at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Meet the molecular mechanisms behind biology

Are you interested in the molecular mechanisms behind major health problems, such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's? What about their impact on antibiotics or food production?

The Biomolecular Sciences Master's programme at VU Amsterdam aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and insight required to operate as an independent scientist within the field of biomolecular sciences. It'll also prepare you to become a suitable candidate for a career in research.

This two-year programme gives you the opportunity to choose between three specialisations, depending on your area of interest:

  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Molecular Bioinformatics

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 study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 15320 per year

Entry requirements

The Biomolecular Science programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. The Faculty's Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to the Biomolecular Sciences Master's programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

Specific admission requirements for the Biomolecular Sciences Master's programme

All students are strongly encouraged to contact the Master's coordinator before applying. To be considered for admission to the Master's programme in Biomolecular Sciences you must meet the following requirements depending on your previous education:

International students:

If you have a international Bachelor's degree the Admission board will decide on your admission based on the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 24 ECTS coursework in Biochemistry/Molecular Cell Biology at the 300 level (last year of Bachelor).
  • An average Bachelor grade of at least 7.0 out of 10, or equivalent (GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0, second class upper division or higher for example).
  • Bachelor internship in a relevant field (Biochemistry/ Cell Biology) with a minimum grade of 7.5 out of 10 or equivalent in other grading systems. If a final grade is not yet available an interim evaluation by the internship supervision will be considered.
  • Experience with practical laboratory techniques gained in coursework and the Bachelor internship.
  • Academic competence at the MSc level and motivation for a career in research which will be evaluated during an interview (either in person or via computer).
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