Cardiovascular Research


Every day, more than 100 people die of cardiovascular diseases in the Netherlands. To reduce this number of casualties, more scientific research focusing on the pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease is needed. The Cardiovascular Research Master aims to train (bio)medically oriented bachelors and related bachelors in life sciences to become masters with in depth knowledge, attitudes and skills in the field of cardiovascular research. Cardiovascular research is interdisciplinary by nature and flourishes by the collaboration between clinical researchers and basic scientists. This interdisciplinary approach is a key element of our program. 


Level Master
Language English
Duration 2 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 120 EC
Faculty VUmc School of Medical Sciences
Master Cardiovascular Research - Optional Courses
The optional courses are intended to deepen the knowledge acquired in
the compulsory courses. These options cover both theoretical and
practical aspects of cardiovascular and biomedical research. Your choice
of courses will depend on your own interests and the focus of your
practical training. In principle you will be given the greatest possible
freedom to choose, however the board of examiners has to approve your
choice. We encourage students to find optional courses outside our own

Below you find the link to the optional courses organised by the VUmc
School of Medical Sciences. Via this link
you find a list of all optional courses followed by students in previous
years, including courses at other faculties and institutions.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Cardiac Development P1 3EC M_CCARDE18
Policy, Management and Organisation in International Public Health P2 6EC AM_470819
Biobusiness Course P3+4 3EC M_OBIOBUS10
Proteomics in Biomedical Research P3+4+5 3EC M_CPROTBI09
Master Cardiovascular Research - Practical Training
In total, a student has to spend 66 EC for two Internships: a Minor
Internship (30 EC) and a Major Internship (36 EC). Both Internships have
to be performed at a research laboratory or clinical research group
acknowledged by the Examination Board of the Master Cardiovascular
Research. The Minor Internship may be any (bio)medical topic related to
Cardiovascular Research and has to be performed at one of the
departments of the VU/VUmc, AMC or Sanquin. The Major Internship must
have a cardiovascular character and should preferentially be performed
outside the VU or abroad. Each Internship needs to be approved in
advance by the Examination Board.

The Master thesis includes the results of the Major Internship,
integrated with and from the perspective of the knowledge acquired in
the compulsory education. The Master thesis will get a uniform cover
provided and designed by the Master programme.

All regulations regarding Internships and required forms can be found on
the faculty website ( regulations apply to all
students, which started the Master Cardiovascular Research in 2016 or
Course Name Period Credits Code
Major Internship Ac. Year (sept) 36EC M_CMAJORI16
Minor Internship Ac. Year (sept) 30EC M_CMINORI16
Master Cardiovascular Research - Study of Literature
The Literature Study will be carried out under supervision, but in this
stage of the education it is expected that the student acts highly
independent. It is also possible that the student proposes his/her own
subject and presents an own question. The study may be focused on a
scientific (bio)medical question, but a more applied or social question
is also allowed. The literature objective may be related to the Major
Internship. The aim of the Literature Study is that the student will be
able to select, evaluate and critically discuss relevant literature.
Based on the literature analysis, the student has to clearly explain not
only the state-of-the-art, but also the limitations and problems in the
literature. Depending on the context of the study, the student has to
formulate recommendations and strategies for further research to solve
remaining problems. The Literature Study is written in the format of a
review paper. It might be advised to use the concept of a systematic

All regulations regarding the Literature Study and required forms can be
found on the faculty website ( These regulations apply to
all students, which started the Master Cardiovascular Research in 2016
or later.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Literature Study Ac. Year (sept) 9EC M_CLITSTU16