This study guide contains information on the Master Cardiovascular Research programme organised by the VUmc School of Medical Sciences for the academic year 2017-2018. All information about admission, programme components, planning and student facilities are available on the faculty website.
Every day, more than 100 people die of cardiovascular diseases in the Netherlands. In order to reduce this number of casualties, more scientific research focusing on the pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease is needed. The Master Cardiovascular Research 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 clinicals, clinical researchers and basic scientists. This interdisciplinary and translational approach is a key element of our programme.
VU University Medical Centre has identified cardiovascular research as one of its core research areas. This programme forms the perfect start for a career in cardiovascular research. Teaching within the Master Cardiovascular Research programme is provided by staff members of the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences (ACS) Institute.
The VUmc School of Medical Sciences coordinates all educational activities. The Programme Director and Master Coordinator of the Master Cardiovascular Research take care of the organisation and gearing of the curriculum. The Master Cardiovascular Research has a Programme Committee, an Examination Board and an Admission Board. The Programme Committee advises the executive board of the VUmc, the Director of the VUmc School of Medical Sciences and the Programme Director about the content of the Master programme 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. The Admission Board is responsible for the execution of the Cardiovascular Research entry assessment and the selection of the applicants during the admission procedure. All compulsory and optional courses are coordinated by different Course Coordinators.
All students of the Master Cardiovascular Research must attend the compulsory courses of the programme.
Students require consent of the Examination Board EC ECRO, if they want to attend an optional course. Courses attended without the consent of the Examination Board will not be registered. Possible financial consequences will be recovered from the student. Approval can be requested via a digital approval form, which can be found on the faculty website. 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.
The Examination Board EC ECRO has to approve both the Minor Internship and Major Internship, as well as the Literature Study. Approval can be requested via a digital approval form, which can be found on the faculty website. Unapproved Internship or 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 programmes 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 CV, a motivation letter, a reference letter and a recent transcript. Without permission of the Cardiovascular Research Admission Board and the Examination Board of the main study programme non-Cardiovascular Research students are not accepted in class.
General information about organisation, education, research and patient care within VUmc can be found on the VUmc website.
Student Service Centre (SSC)
Students can turn to the Student Service Centre with general questions about registration for courses and examinations, registration of grades, schedules and graduation.
VUmc School of Medical Sciences
Ground floor (behind the cafeteria)
Van der Boechorststraat 7
1081 BT Amsterdam