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Explore all aspects of the human body

As a graduate of Biomedical Sciences, you can put your talents to many different uses. You have acquired a good deal of research experience, participated in practicals from day one and spent a lot of time in the lab.

During your studies, you zoomed in on micro-organisms, performed experiments and ran tests in search of solutions to all sorts of problems. During your internship, you were embedded in a research group and developed strong research skills. Naturally, you also have a solid theoretical foundation, which you acquired entirely in English. And you investigated in great depth—more so than medical students—the processes that take place in the human body in sickness and in health. For example, you learnt to look at the treatment of and interventions for diseases like cancer from a range of different perspectives. 

The skills you have acquired can take you in many directions, be it in a university or in the medical world. You might choose to do research on a certain disease, for example, or to develop new vaccines.

Yvette van Kooyk, professor of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology

Yvette van Kooyk, professor of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology

‘Sugar molecules can influence the immune system’

Van Kooyk received the 2019 Spinoza Prize for her groundbreaking work on the role of sugar molecules in immunology. Van Kooyk investigated the disruption to the immune system in the case of cancer, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. She discovered that certain sugar molecules, known as glycans, can stimulate or inhibit communication between the cells of the immune system. The nano drugs that she develops are intended to support the immune system in the fight against cancer and other diseases. Van Kooyk is the world’s leading expert in this field.

What can you do after your Bachelor’s degree?

Further your education

Are you keen to keep on studying? Do you want to specialise further and contribute to important research in the field of biomedical sciences?

Most Bachelor’s graduates choose one of the Master’s programmes offered at VU Amsterdam, which are closely related to your Bachelor’s degree:

Start your career

With a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences, you can work as a researcher in a number of organisations: a research institute, university, hospital, medical centre or pharmaceutical company, or a publicly funded science or health agency such as RIVM or TNO. You can also work as a consultant or project manager in the bioscience sector, in a government agency, insurance company, or as a high-school biology teacher.