Aim of the study program 
Cancer is one of the main causes of death in the Western world. In our ageing society the number of cancer patients continues to rise, since the incidence of the disease is highest among the elderly. Research in order to prevent, diagnose and treat this disease is therefore of vital importance. The same applies to research into the causes of cancer and the long-term effects of treatment. Cancer research is multidisciplinary and takes place within a global network. A researcher in such a demanding environment needs to be well equipped. 

The Master's Program in Oncology aims to transfer the unique combination of fundamental and translational oncology research at the VUmc to the next generation of students. The program is research-oriented and has a multidisciplinary character. Students are trained in state-of-the-art techniques in cancer research and therapy. The program also aims for education of skills for being able to develop, organize and perform oncological research.  


Level Master
Language English
Duration 2 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 120 EC
Faculty VUmc School of Medical Sciences
Master Oncology - Optional Courses
The optional courses in oncology are intended to deepen the knowledge
acquired in the compulsory courses. These options cover both theoretical
and practical aspects of oncology. 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.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Caput Structural Biology Ac. Year (sept) 6EC AM_470607
Externe Module 4 Ac. Year (sept) 17EC M_OEXTMO05
Externe Module 4 Ac. Year (sept) 17EC M_OEXTMO06
Macroscopic, Microscopic and Pathological Anatomy of the Mouse Ac. Year (sept) 3EC M_OMACROS03
Advanced Molecular Immunology and Cell Biology P1 6EC AM_470656
Genomes and Gene Expression P1 6EC AM_470614
Protein Science P1 6EC AM_470145
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Clinical Immunology P2 6EC AM_470655
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Caput Epigenetics P2+3+4+5+6 6EC AM_470606
Biobusiness Course P3+4 3EC M_OBIOBUS10
Proteomics in Biomedical Research P3+4+5 3EC M_CPROTBI09
Macroscopic, microscopic and pathological anatomy of the mouse P5 3EC M_OMAMIPAT18
Master Oncology - Internships
In total, you have to spend 66 EC credit points for two internships: a
minor (30 EC) and a major (36EC). Both internships have to be performed
at a research laboratory, acknowledged by the examination board of the
Master in Oncology: The minor internship has to be performed at one of
the of the OOA Oncology Graduate School laboratories (including VU/Vumc,
NKI, AMC, Sanquin) the major internship can also be done outside this
area. We strongly stimulate students to do an internship abroad, but in
all cases the internship needs to be approved by the examination board.
All regulations regarding internship and needed online forms can be
found on the faculty website These regulations apply to
all students which started their Master’s Programme in Oncology in 2016
or later.

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

All regulations regarding Internships and required forms can be found on
the faculty website . These regulations apply to all students, which
started the Master Oncology in 2016 or later.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Major Internship Ac. Year (sept) 36EC M_OMAJORI16
Minor Internship Ac. Year (sept) 30EC M_OMINORI16
Master Oncology - Literature Study
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 Oncology in 2016 or later.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Study of Literature Ac. Year (sept) 9EC M_OLITSTU03