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Explore the influence of our genetic code on behaviour and health

Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research)

Are you fascinated by the application of genetics in the behavioural or health sciences, and do you have an active interest in research? Do you hold a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Educational Science or a closely related subject area?

Then the Genes in Behaviour and Health Research Master’s programme might be for you!

Check whether you meet the admission requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, or bachelor's degree at another university)

    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 preferably 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3). Students with a  lower average grade may still be admitted as 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.

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
    Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English in pdf-format.

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
    • Thesis (if available)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Master Genes in Behaviour and Health and in VUnet you can submit your documents and pay the application fee. After you have completed the application in VUnet, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail.

    Step 2: Await decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
    Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Deadlines for application: 

    The deadlines for application:

    • Deadline for submitting application in Studielink and in VUnet: 31 May.
    • Deadline for completing your enrolment (including payment of tuition fees): 31 August.
  • I have an international degree

    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 preferably 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3). Students with a  lower average grade may still be admitted. 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.


    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarschips and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    Note that deadlines for the scholarships are/may be earlier than those for application to the programme.

  • Application with an international degree

    If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

    Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
    Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English in pdf-format.

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Motivation letter
    • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
    • Thesis (if available)
    • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
    • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Master Genes in Behaviour and Health and in VUnet you can submit your documents and pay the application fee. After you have completed the application in VUnet, our international student advisors will contact you via e-mail.

    Step 2: Await decision on admission
    The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

    Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
    Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation on What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

    Deadlines for application: 

    The deadlines for application are as follows:

    • 1 April: Students who need a study visa and/or a residence permit.
    • 1 June : Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need a study visa/residence permit.
    • 1 June : EU/EEA or Dutch students with an international degree.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences for questions and practical information: toelatingscommissie.fgb@vu.nl

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Jet van der Wouden: masters.fbms@vu.nl

International students are also welcome to call the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, Jet van der Wouden: +31 20 598 6718

Do you have any other questions?

For general questions, please send an email to contact@vu.nl.

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

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367