The research of VU university is subordinated in four profile themes
From the smallest nanoscale building blocks to the universe and beyond, from cybercrimes to copyrights.
For people with a recognised Master's degree, VU University Amsterdam offer the possibility of earning a doctorate, or the Anglo-Saxon PhD degree.
Academic research depends to an increasing degree on external financing. Various organizations and bodies subsidize or finance academic research.
VU University Amsterdam has had links to South Africa for more than 125 years, and with the Desmond Tutu Programme hopes to further boost its academic relationship with the country.
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Approximately 2000 academics are employed by VU University Amsterdam. They range from young and talented PhD students, to outstanding professors.