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Explore all aspects of the human body

Discover what happens in the human body

How can we combat viruses? What happens in the brain when someone has a stroke? How do toxic substances affect different processes in the human body?

As a Biomedical Sciences student, you approach human biology from different levels: from the molecular level to that of entire populations. You learn not only about anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, but also about the immune system and how everything interacts. You gain a solid theoretical basis as well as taking part in practicals from the very start of the programme. You work in the lab, do experiments and learn how to handle micro-organisms safely. 

The programme is taught in English. And for good reason: biomedical researchers all over the world communicate with one another in English, and most biomedical research is published in English. In the first year, junior lecturers are available to answer any questions you might have about specific courses or your studies in general, when at the same time they are supervising you during practicals and work groups.

This programme provides you with a great deal of research experience, including a four-month internship as part of a research group during your final year. For your internship you might join an ongoing study on cancer, for example, or tuberculosis.

Facts and Figures

First year

In the first year, you are familiarised with general theory in the field of biomedical sciences and develop the basic skills required to work in molecular and cellular biology. You follow lectures on immunology, toxicology, histology, and genetics. You also take an elective course in line with your interests.

Second year

The second-year courses are geared more towards medicine, including medical biochemistry, oncology, and neuroscience. You also look at the influence of food and medicines on organs and processes. How do medicines work? What happens when chemicals enter the body? Additionally, you take part in a range of research practicals. This year also offers an elective course.

Subjects

You can find the complete course overview for this year in the Study guide 

Third year

During the first five months of the year, you follow a minor. We offer minors in: Biomolecular Sciences, Neurosciences, or Topics in Biomedical Sciences. These in-depth tracks are designed to prepare you for the corresponding Master’s degrees at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Naturally, you can also design your own minor, or specialise in education or communication. You then do a four-month research internship in an area of your choice. The year concludes with a final elective course.

Subjects

You can find the complete course overview for this year in the Study guide 

  • 1st year

    First year

    In the first year, you are familiarised with general theory in the field of biomedical sciences and develop the basic skills required to work in molecular and cellular biology. You follow lectures on immunology, toxicology, histology, and genetics. You also take an elective course in line with your interests.

    Subjects

  • 2nd year

    Second year

    The second-year courses are geared more towards medicine, including medical biochemistry, oncology, and neuroscience. You also look at the influence of food and medicines on organs and processes. How do medicines work? What happens when chemicals enter the body? Additionally, you take part in a range of research practicals. This year also offers an elective course.

    Subjects

    You can find the complete course overview for this year in the Study guide 

  • 3rd year

    Third year

    During the first five months of the year, you follow a minor. We offer minors in: Biomolecular Sciences, Neurosciences, or Topics in Biomedical Sciences. These in-depth tracks are designed to prepare you for the corresponding Master’s degrees at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Naturally, you can also design your own minor, or specialise in education or communication. You then do a four-month research internship in an area of your choice. The year concludes with a final elective course.

    Subjects

    You can find the complete course overview for this year in the Study guide 

Change your future with the Biomedical Sciences programme

Change your future with the Biomedical Sciences programme

After the Bachelor’s programme you can specialise further by following a Master’s programme. 

As a graduate of Biomedical Sciences you can work as f.e. a researcher at a university, medical centre, pharmaceutical company, the Dutch public health agency RIVM or the scientific research institute TNO.

Explore your future prospects
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