Master in Management, Policy Analysis, and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences (MPA)

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-centered 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 program offers the ideal opportunity to specialize in this fascinating area of research where a wide range of disciplines meet.

Study program

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

  • Compulsory courses (33 ECTS)
  • Optional courses (12 ECTS)
  • Science course (6 ECTS)
  • Two internships (60 ECTS in total)
  • Thesis (9 ECTS)

MPA students can specialize in these areas:

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

Career prospects

Having completed the Master's program 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 specialization.

With a Policy specialization, 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 specialization 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 specialization will prepare you for a career at a university, ministry, NGO or international organization.

Admission requirements

  • 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 of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • 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 program.
  • 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.
  • English language proficiency requirements. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires international applicants to pass an English language proficiency test.

N.B. Students who need a visa (MVV) to enter the Netherlands must have passed the test and submitted the original test certificate before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate at the latest before 1 September.

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Last updated October 26, 2018
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