Master in Management, Policy-Analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences


Program Description

Science for solving society’s complex problems

New biomedical innovations in a world that is becoming ever more complex give rise to a wide range of ethical, legal and social questions and dilemmas. Is the new whooping-cough vaccine better than the old one? How can we control Q fever?

How should we implement notions of patient-centred care? What will be the impact of developments in genomics on basic health insurance? Providing the best possible answers to these questions calls for cooperation between several disciplines and actors in society, from government, industry and social institutions to consumers and patients. The Master’s programme offers the ideal opportunity to specialize in this fascinating area of research where a wide range of disciplines meet.

Study programme

The Master’s in MPA is a two-year programme worth 120 ECTS. The programme is in English unless all the participants are Dutch-speakers, in which case it will be taught in Dutch. The programme consists of the following components:

  • Compulsory courses (33 ECTS)
  • Optional courses (12 ECTS)
  • Science course (6 ECTS)
  • Two internships (57 EC in total)
  • Thesis (12 EC)

MPA students can specialize in these areas:

  • Health & Life sciences-based Policy
  • Health & Life sciences-based Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Health & Life sciences-based communication
  • International Public Health
  • Community-based Health Technologies

Career prospects

Having completed the Master's programme in Management Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences, your career prospects will be very promising. They will, of course, vary depending on your chosen specialisation.

With a Policy specialisation, your career opportunities will include policy preparation with a government department or a range of public health organizations, or a post as a university researcher.

The Management and Entrepreneurship specialisation will prepare you for a career at a pharmaceutical company, for example as a clinical research assistant or an advisor. You will also be in a good position to set up your own business.

The International Public Health specialisation will prepare you for a career at a university, ministry, NGO or international organization.

Admission requirements

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Specific admission requirements for the MSc Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences programme:

You qualify for admission to the Master's in Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences if you hold a Bachelor's degree in:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Natural Sciences
  • Medical Informatics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences

If you have a Bachelor of Science degree in another subject, you are still welcome to apply. In that case your application will be assessed by the Admissions Board.

You should also have a basic knowledge of policy and management processes. You can obtain a grounding in this area by completing a self-study package supplied by the programme.

Language Requirements

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam also requires international applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Please be aware of the fact that it can take a long time to receive the results of English proficiency tests, so plan your test on time! In case you haven’t taken a test yet, we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Deadlines for submitting the test results are as follows:

Students who require a visa: June 1

Students who do not require a visa: August 31

Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences programme:

IELTS (academic):

· Minimum Overall Band Score 6.5


· Paper-based test 580

· Internet-based test 92

Cambridge English:

· Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

· Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C

Please refer to the Language Requirements webpage for the general requirements regarding language proficiency.

Copies of your English test results can be sent to the following addresses:
• For Dutch degree holders:
• For non-Dutch degree holders:


If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

Step 1: Meet admission criteria

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Transcript (Provide a certified translation if it is not in English)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing, at least 5 pages plus a list of used literature)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

Step 3: Await decision on admission

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. When all conditions of your admission have been met, you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

Overview Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship.

  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application deadline: 1 June for Dutch and EU-students. 1 April for non-EU-students. Non Dutch EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through VU Amsterdam can still apply until 15 July.
  • Start date: 1 September
  • Study type: Full-time
  • Specializations: Health & Life Sciences-based Policy / Health & Life Sciences-based Management and Entrepreneurship / International Public Health
  • Field of interest: Health and Movement

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less