Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research) (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 12690 per year

All study options

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

Nature and nurture: how do they interact and correlate? Is health and wellbeing in our genes or is the environment the most important source of differences between people? And can we use DNA to predict our health?

Both twin studies and molecular genetic studies have highlighted the influence of our genetic code on behaviour and health. To adequately understand and influence behaviour and health, we need to increase our knowledge of the way our genes play their part, by themselves and when interacting with our environment.

During the two-year Genes in Behaviour and Health Research Master's programme, you'll delve into these questions in depth to understand the influence of our genetic code on behaviour and health.

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 12690 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 students who demonstrate a great motivation for the Research Master Genes in Behaviour and Health.
  • 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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