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Explore all aspects of the human body

Are you interested in how processes inside the human body work? Want to know what can go wrong when someone falls ill? Keen to contribute to the development of new drugs? 

Then the Biomedical Sciences programme is just the thing for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Location based education

In 2020-2021, teaching will be offered in hybrid form: online and where possible and permitted, on campus. Unfortunately, an online alternative will not be possible for location-based education, such as lab practice, which is the case in the bachelor programme Biomedical Sciences. The location-based education (practicals) are a substantial part of the year 1 curriculum and your presence on campus will be required. 

If you are signed up for the bachelor’s programme in Biomedical Sciences and you are not yet able or allowed to come to VU Amsterdam for the start of the curriculum in September, you will miss an important part of the programme, which will also have consequences for the subsequent courses. If you are unable to come to VU Amsterdam, due to travel restrictions or health issues, we recommend that you urgently cancel your registration for the programme and register again for the academic year 2021-2022.

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • Admission requirements

    Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma must meet a number of requirements. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision. All outstanding requirements need to be met in full by the time you enrol for the programme. Admission to the programme will remain conditional until your certified diploma copy is received and the conditions in your admission decision letter have been met.

    Requirements that apply:

    1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma

    See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.
    Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.

    2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

    3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
    After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will have a look at your transcripts to determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch vwo-diploma and whether your Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry level is sufficient.

    These examples of diplomas demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the 4 required subjects Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics:

    • International Baccalaureate: Mathematics SL/HL, Applications & Interpretation HL, Analysis & Approaches SL/HL,  Physics SL/HL, Chemistry SL/HL and Biology HL.
    • British GCE A-Levels: A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics and an AS-level in Physics, or A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and an AS-level in Mathematics. All subjects need to be completed with a grade A, B or C.
    • Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including  Physics and Chemistry as Grundkurs and Biology as Leistungsfach + Mathematics Grundkurs as Prüfungsfach or Mathematics erhöhtem Anforderungsniveau (eA)/Leistungsfach 
    • European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 3 hours during the Orientation Cycle; Physics and Chemistry: written or oral examinations; Biology: written or oral examinations, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle.

    If your proficiency in these subjects is considered to be insufficient, your International Student Advisor will inform you about the possibilities how to meet the requirements with additional certificates.

    When advised to sit (an) entry exam(s), the following certificates are deemed equivalent to Dutch VWO Mathematics A, Physics, Chemistry and Biology:

    Exams in the Netherlands

    • Boswell-Bèta (English). Boswell-Bèta in Utrecht (the Netherlands) provides VWO Mathematics A and B, Physics, Biology and Chemistry courses in English with exams in December, May and July.
    • CCVX (Dutch and English). CCVX offers VWO Mathematics A and B, Physics, Biology and Chemistry exams.

    A positive result for the examination (minimum 5,5/10) is compulsory to eliminate a deficiency.

    Online Mathematics Exam (as an exception, due to COVID-19 this test will be accepted for the academic year 2020/2021)

    • Online Mathematics Placement Test. The Online Mathematics Placement Test-A (OMPT-A) offered by SOWISO is an online mathematics test that you can take from home by means of online proctoring. 

    A positive result for the mathematics examination (65% or higher) is compulsory eliminate the mathematics deficiency.

  • Application
    1. Check if you match the admission requirements.
    2. Register for the Bachelor’s programme before the application deadline via Studielink
    3. After registering you will receive log-in details for VUnet. Complete you application by answering the questions asked in VUnet and uploading the requested documents.
    4. International applicants are asked to upload the following documents:
      • Transcript of records; a transcript in English of the grades obtained over the final two years of your high school and any further education up to the moment of your application. IB and A-level applicants are asked to upload their predicted grades.
      • A scan of your diploma (if you have already graduated).
      • Curriculum Vitae; the curriculum vitae should include your personal details and list your previous education and relevant work experience (± 1-2 pages).
      • English language test results (if already obtained).
      • Copy of valid passport or ID (ID for EEA students only).
    5. Diplomas obtained outside of the Netherlands only: pay the application fee 
    6. Submit your application and wait for the decision on your admission request.

    For more details on all steps please consult our step-by-step application guide.

    Application deadline: The final application deadline for non-EU/EEA students is 1 May and for Dutch and EU students the final deadline is 1 June. For international students wishing to use our Accommodation Services an early application is recommended.

    Ready to apply?
    Great! Click here to start your application.

  • VU Matching

    Once you have made your choice of study programme, VU Matching offers you the opportunity to determine if the study programme corresponds to the image and expectations that you have and whether it suits you. VU Matching is part of the application procedure for all bachelor degree programmes. It consists of two parts: first you fill out a digital questionnaire on VUnet and second you participate in the matching activity of the programme.

    This programme offers an online matching activity which is available until mid August. In order for us to be able to send you an invitation it is necessary that you log in to VUnet and complete and confirm the application form (progress 100%).

    The invitations are sent between the beginning of May and the end of July to the email address you entered when you registered. Check your spam folder regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on any messages from us. If you have not received an invitation, for example because you filled in the registration form in VUnet after July, please mail to

    For general information and frequently asked questions about matching check out the website VU Matching [Dutch] or VU Matching [English]. If you have questions about the matching activity, please contact the matching coordinator of the Faculty of Science:

  • Binding Study Advice (BSA)

    The BSA is an advice given to all Bachelor’s students on four occasions during their first year of studies concerning their study progress. The fourth recommendation, issued at the end of the first year, is binding in nature. To continue to the second year you must have obtained a certain number of credits.

    To receive a positive BSA for this study programme you must have obtained a minimum of 42 EC (credits) at the end of the first year of enrolment. Every student has access to an overview of the obtained study results and assessments are available for inspection after registration of the test result.

Want to know more?

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma?

You can contact Kim Daamen, Julia Tan or Lieneke Blok - International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science:

You are also welcome to call. Kim: +31 20 59 85284, Julia: +31 205984212 and Lieneke: +31 20 5982899

Do you have any other questions?

Send an email to

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367