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Medical informatics

Study programme

The focus of this master’s degree programme lies at the interface between pure and applied scientific research, with a strong emphasis upon interaction between insight, innovation and development on the one hand and practical applications on the other. The programme is taught entirely in English.

Course overview

Medical Informatics lasts a total of two years (120 European Credits). It consists of a number of modules. 6 EC are awarded for each module. The common part of the programme consists of 8 modules and 2 multidisciplinary internships. The discipline-specific electives consists of two elective courses, after which you carry out your scientific research project.

The curriculum is summarised below:

  • Study programme first year

    The first year of the Master’s programme includes topics such as Health Data Science, Data Drive Decision Making and Healthcare Management and introduces you to at least two departments of the Academic Medical Centre through Internships.

    First semester

    1. Research methods in medicine and medical informatics (5.5 ECTS)
    2. Fundamentals of data science in medicine (6 ECTS)
    3. Advanced data analysis in medicine (5.5 ECTS)
    4. Data driven decision making and evaluation in medicine (5.5 ECTS)
    5. Internship (5 ECTS)
    6. Scientific analysis and reporting  (2.5 ECTS)

    Second semester

    1. Biomedical information systems engineering (5.5 ECTS)
    2. Organizational settings and innovations for sustainable healthcare (5.5 ECTS)
    3. Healthcare Logistics (6 ECTS)
    4. Healthcare management (5.5 ECTS)
    5. internship (5 ECTS)
    6. Management communications (2.5 ECTS)
  • Study programme second year

    The second year of the Master's in Medical Informatics allows you to choose from a wide range of elective courses such as Health Economics, Human Centered Multimedia, Internet programming, Advanced Medical Image Processing, eHealth and Machine Learning and other Artificial Intelligence courses. This gives you the opportunity to tailor the programme precisely to your own personal preferences and skills.

    First semester

    • Free choices electives (18 ECTS) \

    You can choose from: Machine learning for quantified self, Biomedical information systems engineering, Medical AI, Human-centered eHealth, Machine Learning and Reasoning for Health, Green lean Healthcare

    The electives can be substituted by other relevant courses if approved by the Examinations Board of Medical Informatics.

    First/second semester

    • Scientific Research Project (42 EC)
  • Internships

    Start your career smoothly by doing an internship of 6-12 EC in the first year, followed by an internship of around 42 EC in the second year.

    This especially gives international students a unique opportunity to experience the Dutch Health ICT labor market. Students can choose from a range of internship positions offered by our contacts with Health ICT research institutes, businesses and other international universities such as those in the International Partnership of Health Informatics Education. The internship will be guided by an academic supervisor and must be finished with a scientific report.

    You may choose to participate in an exchange semester to fulfill your master thesis work facilitated by another (international) university. The AMC took the lead in establishing an international network of 10 partner universities, each offering unique opportunities for such an exchange semester.

    These partner universities are:


    • University of Minnesota
    • University of Utah
    • University of Washington


    • University of Victoria


    • University of Taiwan


    • University of Heidelberg/Heilbronn
    • University of Leipzig
    • University of Manchester
    • University of Tyrol
    • University of Braunschweig
    • University of Linkoping

Students will have the opportunity to visit the yearly Medical Informatics Healthcare Conference. This gives our students an opportunity to get acquainted with the latest developments in the field and get into contact with the Dutch labor market.

For more detailed information regarding the curriculum and courses check the UvA Course Catalogue:


After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally and internationally accredited Master’s degree in Medical Informatics and the title Master of Science (MSc).