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Biomedical Sciences: Medical Biology tracks

Study programme

The Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences is a two-year programme of 120 EC in total. The cluster in Medical Biology offers six pre-defined specialisations or tracks:

Medical Biology tracks


At the beginning of the first year all students must enroll in the compulsory course Molecular Biology of the Cell. Further elective and compulsory coursework and research training largely depends on the individual preferences and the choice for one of the above mentioned specialisations (See the information pages per track for more information on courses). For detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses, please see the UvA Course Catalogue via the link below.

Major: Big Biomedical Data Analyses

Starting from 2019, it is possible as a pilot, to follow a new 60 EC major called Big Biomedical Data Analyses (BBDA) within all Biomedical Sciences tracks. This one year programme is developed to teach biomedical students the essential bioinformatics to be able to handle, analyse and interpret big omics data sets. The major consists of courses on Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics/Metabolomics plus a 42EC internship. 

Professional specialisations

In general, Master’s students are trained to become independent researchers. But at the UvA Faculty of Science you can also choose to complete your Master’s programme with a professional specialisation, that focuses on other skills than doing research.
There are two professional specialisations available:

  • Science Communication (in Dutch)
  • Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship (Science in Society).

Bring your own device

All students enrolled in Biomedical Sciences are requested to bring their own laptop, due to the nature of the programme. More information on specific system requirements can be found here.

Degree requirements

A Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is awarded upon successful completion of all the core courses in the curriculum, a written literature thesis and two independent research projects. This translates into a total of 120 EC credits.

  • Accreditation

    The Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences has been legally accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences and the title of Master of Science (MSc).

    In 2018 the Master's programmes in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam received a final rating of 'Good' in the reaccreditation recently concluded by the  NVAO. This rating means the programmes 'consistently surpass the standard quality level'.