This study guide contains information on the Cardiovascular Research Master Program organized by the VUmc School of Medical Sciences for the academic year 2019-2020. All information about the structure of the course components, admission, planning and student facilities are available on the faculty website VUmc School of Medical Sciences.
Aim of the study program
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.
Amsterdam UMC has identified cardiovascular research as one of its core research areas. This program forms the perfect start for a career in cardiovascular research. Teaching within the Cardiovascular Research Master programme is provided by staff members of the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences Center
Structure of organization
The VUmc School of Medical Sciences coordinates all educational activities. The program director and master coordinator of the Cardiovascular Research master take care of the organization and gearing of the curriculum. The Cardiovascular Research master has an examination board and a program committee. The program committee advises the executive board of the VUmc, the director of the VUmc School of Medical Sciences and the program director about the content of the Master’s Program and the quality of execution. The examination board (EC ECRO) decrees norms concerning admission of students, and makes sure that bachelors comply with the requirements for admission. EC ECRO further decrees the terms concerning examination of different disciplines and overlooks the results of examinations, internships and theses. Furthermore, the examination board evaluates the combinations of optional courses and internships of each individual student. All compulsory and optional courses are coordinated by different course coordinators.
The Cardiovascular Research master has an Admission Board, which is responsible for the execution of the Cardiovascular Research entry assessment and the selection of the applicants during the admission procedure.
General information about organization, education, research and patient's care within VUmc can be found on the VUmc website. A complete description of this course can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations (OER).
For more information please contact the program coordinator:
Student Service Centre (SSC):
Students can turn to the Student Service Centre with general questions about the graduation, registration for courses and examinations, registration of grades and schedules.
VUmc School of Medical Sciences:
Ground floor G010
Van der Boechorststraat 7 - 1081 BT Amsterdam
All students of the Cardiovascular Research Master must attend the compulsory courses of the program.
Students require consent of the board of examiners EC ECRO, if they want to attend an optional course. Approval can be requested via a digital approval form, which can be found on the faculty website of the VUmc School of Medical Sciences. Courses attended without the consent of the board of examiners will not be registered. For registration of optional courses students can use VUnet. If registration is not possible by using VUnet (e.g. external courses), the mode of inscription and corresponding e-mail addresses are indicated in each course description. Students are motivated to look for optional courses outside VUmc or VU University. Courses attended without the written consent of the board of examiners will not be registered. Possible financial consequences will be recovered from the student.
Minor, major internship and study of literature
The board of examiners has to approve all internships and the literature study. Approval can be requested via a digital approval form, which can be found on the faculty website. Unapproved practical training/ literature study periods will not be registered by the educational secretarial office. Possible financial consequences will be recovered from the student.
If a particular compulsory course can have more participants, students of other Master programs from the VU can attend the course, providing that they meet the entry requirements. A written request for participation needs to be done in advance with the Cardiovascular Research Admission Board including a C.V., a motivation letter, a reference letter and a recent transcript. Without permission of the Cardiovascular Research Admission Board and the board of examiners of the main study program non-Cardiovascular Research students are not accepted in class. This study guide contains information on the Cardiovascular Research Master Program organisedorganized by the VUmc School of Medical Sciences for the academic year 2019-2020. All information about the aim of the program, the structure of the course components, admission, planning, student facilities etc. are available on the faculty website VUmc School of Medical Sciences.
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.
|Policy, Management and Organisation in International Public Health||P2||6EC||AM_470819|
|Proteomics in Biomedical Research||P3+4+5||3EC||M_CPROTBI09|
provide you the basic knowledge about the main themes in cardiovascular
anatomy, physiology, pathology, treatment options and science. The last
two courses will support you to improve your academic skills. Master
Cardiovascular Research students need to positively conclude at least
three out of the first four compulsory courses to start their Minor
Internship or Literature Study.
|Academic Core Cardiovascular 1st year||Ac. Year (sept)||0EC||M_CACCOREA14|
|Academic Core Cardiovascular 2nd year||Ac. Year (sept)||3EC||M_CACCOREB14|
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 (www.med.vu.nl).These regulations apply to all
students, which started the Master Cardiovascular Research in 2016 or
|Major Internship||Ac. Year (sept)||36EC||M_CMAJORI16|
|Minor Internship||Ac. Year (sept)||30EC||M_CMINORI16|
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 (www.med.vu.nl). These regulations apply to
all students, which started the Master Cardiovascular Research in 2016
|Literature Study||Ac. Year (sept)||9EC||M_CLITSTU16|