Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Introduction

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 120 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master and doctoral level. Students and staff of 78 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. With more than 23,000 students, of which 3000 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance. 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.

Quality of education

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) has a sterling reputation for the fine quality of its teaching. You work in relatively small groups, in which considerable emphasis is placed on interaction and a personal approach. The teaching is well-organized. This is reflected, for instance, in the clear structure of the study programmes.

Lively Amsterdam

The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. As a student of VU Amsterdam, you stand to benefit from all the advantages offered by the capital. In just over fifteen minutes you are in the lively centre of Amsterdam, where there are numerous shops, places of entertainment, parks, and pavement cafes. Amsterdam is safe and English is widely spoken.

Personal supervision

VU Amsterdam devotes considerable attention to personal study advice. Right at the start of your course of study, you will be introduced to your programme’s study advisor. This person will offer you advice about any problems that you might have with your course of study, and answer questions about the job market.

Unique identity

VU Amsterdam was the first university in the Netherlands established by a private person, with no interference from the church or the state. This heritage is still very much part of who we are: VU stands for Vrije Universiteit, which translates literally as ‘Free University.’ From the very beginning, the university has determined its own areas of research, created its own study programmes and practised its own didactic methods.

Easily accessible

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is readily accessible by public transport. Schiphol Airport is only eight minutes away by train. Amsterdam Zuid Station is within walking distance of VU University Amsterdam. There is also a rapid tram connection to Amsterdam Central Station or Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station, with a journey time of just sixteen minutes. VU Amsterdam is also easy to reach by car, being situated close to Amsterdam’s orbital motorway.

University campus

Almost all of our students, staff and programmes are located on campus: a single building complex in the business district of Amsterdam. Accordingly, in the course of your studies, it is very easy to familiarize yourself with other disciplines.

Accreditation

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a research university. All degree programmes at VU University Amsterdam are either accredited by or in the process of being accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders. This body was established by international treaty and guarantees the quality of higher education in the Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium through the accreditation of study programmes.

Types of programmes

VU Amsterdam offers four types of programmes:

  • Bachelor’s degree programmes (leading to BA/LLB/BSc)
  • Master’s degree programmes (leading to MA/LLM/MSc/MPhil)
  • PhD/Doctorate programmes (leading to PhD/Doctorate)
  • Non-degree programmes (Study Abroad & Exchange/ Summer School)

Scholarships

A number of scholarship programmes exist for international Master’s students.

VU Fellowship Programme

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programmes at VU University.

Organization

VU Amsterdam is a traditional Dutch university presided over by an Executive Board (three members) and has 10 faculties directly under the Executive Board. Each faculty provides one or more Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree programmes and carries out research. They are all organized differently, but most have a board, a central staff and several departments and graduate schools. The university also has a number of service departments, of which the International Office is one, and there a number of interdisciplinary research institutes.

Private or public?

VU Amsterdam is one of 14 public universities which are recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education and is therefore partially government-funded. Under the Dutch system, the government subsidizes recognized universities on the basis of their student numbers and also sets limits and guidelines for the tuition fees that these universities are allowed to charge. This ensures access to quality higher education for all Dutch citizens, rich or poor. VU Amsterdam welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

VU International Office Services

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  • Accommodation

Information on accommodation at VU Amsterdam.

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  • Introduction activities

After your arrival, numerous introductory activities will take place at VU Amsterdam.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

Master in Arts & Culture: Design Cultures

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The MA program Design Cultures is all about the study of product design, graphic design and fashion in a broad diverse cultural context. [+]

Master in Design Cultures

The MA program Design Cultures is all about the study of product design, graphic design and fashion in a broad diverse cultural context. The focus is on both the designer as ‘author’ and the complex chain of production, sale, consumption, and criticism in which design operates and derives its many different meanings. Design Cultures restores design as the core object of academic interest without detracting from the cultural and material context in which it operates. The program combines a generalist, comparative approach to design with a clear focus on history and theory.

Career Prospects

The Design Cultures course is taught in English. It is an internationally oriented course which has close ties with real-life practice. Besides studying the theoretical and historical background of design, students get a chance to do their graduation project in association with key players in the design world. Students of Design Cultures can look forward to careers in cultural institutions (editor, project manager), museums (researcher, curator), media, (author, critic, producer), government (administrator, advisor), design agencies (researcher, consultant) and educational and research institutes (teacher, researcher).... [-]


MSc

Duisenberg Honours Programme in Financial Markets & Regulation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Duisenberg honours programme in Financial Markets & Regulation provides students with a broad perspective on how financial markets function. This programme combines the disciplines finance, accounting, law and regulation. The aim of the programme is to give you a firm grounding in these disciplines. [+]

The Duisenberg honours programme in Financial Markets & Regulation provides students with a broad perspective on how financial markets function. This programme combines the disciplines finance, accounting, law and regulation. The aim of the programme is to give you a firm grounding in these disciplines. This will enable you to make a quick start as an all-around finance professional. Multi-disciplinary trained finance professionals have a good position in the labour market. This honours programme is challenging because of extra disciplines, extra courses, extra challenging assignments and an extra leadership programme.

SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must possess at least an accredited Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Dutch university Bachelor’s degree), including advanced courses in Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Financial Markets and Institutions, Business Statistics and Accounting. As this programme is selective above average performance in previous bachelor programme is required.... [-]


Master in International Crimes and Criminology (MSc)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The unique Master’s program in International Crimes and Criminology teaches a small group of approximately 25 students the necessary intellectual skills to take this approach and trains them how to apply the knowledge and expertise to real-world situations. [+]

Master in International Crimes and Criminology (MSc)

The unique Master’s program in International Crimes and Criminology teaches a small group of approximately 25 students the necessary intellectual skills to take this approach and trains them how to apply the knowledge and expertise to real-world situations.

The program in a nutshell

International Crimes and Criminology is a one-year, full-time program. It is taught fully in English. The program deals with international crimes in a broad framework. The focus is on the role of individuals, groups, states and the international community. You will gain insight into the psychology of perpetrators, get acquainted with criminological theories on organizational processes and discuss political issues in the international arena. Subjects like torture, rape, and genocide are discussed during class. This can be emotionally demanding, but our ultimate aim is to take a scientific approach to these topics in order to draft measures which might help prevent these types of crimes in the future.You learn to analyze what makes people torture (etiology), are trained how to measure and investigate these crimes (prevalence) and challenged to critically reflect on modes of transitional justice (reaction). You do so by discussing important concepts of international criminal law and applying criminological, sociological and psychological theories to international crimes.The program trains students to become both academics and professionals. After finishing the program, you will be able to objectively assess empirical data and critically comment on theoretical notions on the one hand, and draft policies, develop preventive strategies and do field work... [-]


Master

Master in Accounting and Control

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's in Accounting and Control is a one-year program consisting of a minimum of seven courses and a thesis. The program sets a quick pace, with short, focused teaching periods of six weeks, followed by exams. [+]

Master in Accounting and ControlThe Master's in Accounting and Control is a one-year program consisting of a minimum of seven courses and a thesis. The program sets a quick pace, with short, focused teaching periods of six weeks, followed by exams. The core of the program consists of required courses in financial reporting, management accounting, corporate law, corporate governance and empirical research in accounting. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a range of electives on subjects such as auditing, accounting information systems, management control, corporate finance, and accounting theory. Courses typically consist of a mixture of lectures and active teaching methods, involving both individual and group work.Finally, you will write a Master's thesis worth 18 credits. Your thesis will demonstrate that you possess both the knowledge of the discipline expected of an aspiring professional and the research, analytical and reporting skills required of a competent researcher.... [-]


Master in Archaeology: Archaeology of North Western Europe

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s programme in Archaeology of North Western Europe covers the period from the Late Iron Age into the Early Modern period. The two specialisations... [+]

Master in Archaeology of North Western Europe

The Master’s programme in Archaeology of North Western Europe covers the period from the Late Iron Age into the Early Modern period. The two specialisations in this programme are Late Iron Age and Roman archaeology of North Western Europe and Medieval and Early Modern archaeology.Vrije Universieit Amsterdam has a leading position in research and teaching in the field of late prehistory and the Roman era in Western Europe, with special reference to Dutch archaeology, while archaeology of the Middle Ages and the early modern period is one of the specialisms at the University of Amsterdam. The two universities together thus cover 3000 years of Western European archaeology. This programme devotes considerable attention to settlement archaeology, the archaeology of sanctuaries and burial sites, integration processes in the Roman Empire and studies of city centres and material culture. There are close links between the teaching in all these areas and the results of recent fieldwork and other ongoing research, from Roman villa landscapes in the southern Netherlands to the shipyards of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in the heart of Amsterdam.... [-]


Master in Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed on geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and archaeological heritage in many different societies. In the specialization Landscape Archaeology, the cultural landscape will be addressed from many perspectives. [+]

Master in Landscape and Heritage

The Master’s program Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage is not fixed on geographical or chronological boundaries, but deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and archaeological heritage in many different societies. In the specialization Landscape Archaeology, the cultural landscape will be addressed from many perspectives. The specialization Archaeological Heritage focuses on the varieties of meanings that archaeological remains can obtain in modern society.

Specializations

The Master's program Archaeology: Landscape and Heritage distinguishes two specializations:

Landscape ArchaeologyLandscape archaeology is a specialism which is well developed at VU Amsterdam and the UvA. The Netherlands (large scale excavations) and the Mediterranean (surface surveys) form the historical landscapes on which fieldwork is conducted, and are also the focal points for ongoing research projects about the use of GIS in archaeology and villa landscapes in the north of the Roman Empire.Core themes in the program are ecological and economic dimensions of the interrelationship between man and landscape; the historical stratification of landscapes; the ‘past in the past’; landscape and identity.... [-]


Master in Archaeology: Mediterranean Archaeology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Archaeologists with a Master's in Mediterranean Archaeology are exceptionally suited to follow a professional career in archaeology. [+]

Master in Mediterranean Archaeology

A shared strength of the UvA and VU Amsterdam is their long tradition of conducting research in the Mediterranean area. This can be seen from the large number of fieldwork projects in Italy and Greece, as well the museum collections in the Allard Pierson Museum. The two specializations interlink with the long, yet very current, disciplinary traditions of the UvA and VU Amsterdam, which include attention for the study of the basis of archaeology, objects and – for interaction and connection – also creators and users.

Two specializations

The master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology offers two specializations:Issues of objects and peoples... [-]


Master in Artificial Intelligence

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

As a Master's student, you will learn to conduct independent research in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). You will explore knowledge acquisition and modeling, multi-agent systems, and techniques to make internet searches more efficient and effective. [+]

Master in Artificial Intelligence

As a Master's student, you will learn to conduct independent research in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). You will explore knowledge acquisition and modeling, multi-agent systems, and techniques to make internet searches more efficient and effective. Artificial intelligence is all about smart environments that support humans in a very dedicated way. Because intelligence is about more than just logical thought, you will draw upon knowledge from across the academic spectrum; from philosophy, logic, and psychology, to information science, linguistic analysis and mathematics.

The program in a nutshell

The Master’s program in Artificial Intelligence lasts two years and consists of 120 ECTS credits. Whichever specialization you choose, you complete your program by writing a thesis.You can choose between two programs:... [-]


Master in Arts & Culture: Comparative Arts and Media Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The program Comparative Arts and Media Studies focus on intermedialities in relation to cinema, television, digital media, literature and visual arts. Intermedialities are crossovers and interrelations between the arts and the media, but also within and between various media. [+]

Master of Comparative Arts and Media Studies

The program Comparative Arts and Media Studies focus on intermedialities in relation to cinema, television, digital media, literature and visual arts. Intermedialities are crossovers and interrelations between the arts and the media, but also within and between various media. These have been intensified with the arrival of digital media and the “hypermedium” that arises from the on-screen interplay of words, images, and sounds and through the convergence of cinema, television, radio, journalism, e-books, and photography on the web.

Core coursesThe program is built around four main courses: Reading Concepts of Intermediality, Cross-Media Storytelling, Crossmedial Exhibitions, and The Art of Comparison: The Cinematic City.The first semester consists of two introductory courses on core theoretical frameworks of intermediality studies:... [-]


Master in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

This program combines molecular and cell biology, computer science, and mathematical modeling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into fundamental knowledge. You will develop a strong feel for scientific research and high levels of abstraction, and learn to combine the rapid developments in these fields. [+]

Master in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Vast amounts of data have been collected through genomics initiatives. They provide a golden opportunity to research the secrets of life, to understand more of its complexities, to improve quality of life and to conquer major diseases. Converting this huge volume of data into real understanding is the basic challenge of Bioinformatics research.High-throughput methods like massively parallel sequencing and mass spectrometry generate more raw data than conventional computer models can handle efficiently. To process and analyze this data, computational techniques from Bioinformatics – such as sequence alignment, sequence assembly, biostatistics and machine learning – are required in order to make predictions about health outcome and to decide on a personalized treatment for the patient.Both Bioinformatics and Systems Biology are strongly interdisciplinary fields. This program combines molecular and cell biology, computer science, and mathematical modeling to integrate vast amounts of biological data into fundamental knowledge. You will develop a strong feel for scientific research and high levels of abstraction, and learn to combine the rapid developments in these fields.... [-]


Master in Business Administration: Human Resource Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management addresses the personnel process in organizations, from recruitment and selection to promotion, transfers, and departures. The program’s focus is on the development and control of the human factor in a working context that is becoming increasingly diverse. [+]

Human Resource Management

The Master’s specialization in Human Resource Management addresses the personnel process in organizations, from recruitment and selection to promotion, transfers, and departures. The program’s focus is on the development and control of the human factor in a working context that is becoming increasingly diverse.If you take the Master’s specialization in HRM, you will be awarded a degree in Business Administration, but you will specialize in processes of personnel performance and human development. This will not only prepare you for a career in human resources, but also as a management trainee or business consultant. The knowledge you acquire will enable you to develop and apply theoretical ideas, while your problem-solving skills will make you effective in all kinds of new or unfamiliar multidisciplinary contexts.... [-]


Master in Business Analytics

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master’s in Business Analytics (BA) is a multidisciplinary program, aimed at improving business processes by applying a combination of methods based on mathematics, computer science, and business management. You will be trained in recognizing and solving in-company problems. [+]

Master in Business Analytics

The Master’s in Business Analytics (BA) is a multidisciplinary program, aimed at improving business processes by applying a combination of methods based on mathematics, computer science, and business management. You will be trained in recognizing and solving in-company problems. BA is a hands-on program: you will use your expertise in the various fields to improve business practices by examining and analyzing real-world situations as faced by companies daily.

Construct, implement and assess solution approaches

Theories from Business Analytics are typically applied to areas such as supply chain planning, data mining, call center management, revenue management and risk management. The Master’s program will deepen your knowledge in these areas and give you the opportunity to specialize in business process optimization, computational intelligence, and financial risk management. Combining the knowledge you acquire and applying it to practical situations plays an essential role in the program. The Master’s degree is concluded with a six-month individual internship at a company (the Master’s project).... [-]


Master in Business in Society

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year Research Master’s program Business in Society will equip you with the knowledge and skills to shape new ways of doing business, taking into account how organizations and society affect each other. With a maximum intake of 25 talented and highly motivated students from all over the world, this English taught elite program offers intensive interactions. [+]

The two-year Research Master’s program Business in Society will equip you with the knowledge and skills to shape new ways of doing business, taking into account how organizations and society affect each other. With a maximum intake of 25 talented and highly motivated students from all over the world, this English taught elite program offers intensive interactions. You will learn from, and work closely with, some of the world’s leading business administration scholars from both VU and UvA.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM

We are not only unique in our focus on business in society, but also in our emphasis on developing theory-building skills. We strongly believe that further testing existing theories will not suffice to successfully address the complex issues businesses face in interacting with society: Tomorrow’s business researchers need strong theory-building skills besides strong methodological skills. So, instead of purely focusing on developing your knowledge of research methods, this program is designed to promote a balanced combination of methodological skills and academic literary skills (theory-building, critical, reflective attitude, excellent writing, and communication). The program offers specialized courses, an overarching perspective connecting specializations and ample opportunities to tailor courses to your personal interests, either to broaden or focus your scope. Upon successful completion, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree from two universities and the title Master of Science (MSc) in Business in Society... [-]


Master in Chemistry

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program in Chemistry is a challenging degree program for students who already have a solid background in chemistry and who are eager to expand their knowledge and experience. [+]

Master in Chemistry

The Master’s program in Chemistry is a challenging degree program for students who already have a solid background in chemistry and who are eager to expand their knowledge and experience. Chemistry is not an isolated discipline: it forms the bridge between biology at one end of the spectrum (biomolecular chemistry) and physics at the other end (physical-theoretical chemistry). A Master’s in Chemistry can lead to an exciting, well-paid career with extensive opportunities for pursuing your ambitions.

Chemistry is a joint degree program of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are given at the two Faculties of Science. Graduates receive a diploma accredited by both universities.... [-]


Master in Classics & Ancient Civilizations: Ancient History

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's program Ancient History provides two specializations. Each specialization comprises two core modules that introduce you to a number of important debates in the field in question("Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies"). There is also considerable emphasis on interdisciplinary research. [+]

Master in Ancient History

The Master's program Ancient History provides two specializations. Each specialization comprises two core modules that introduce you to a number of important debates in the field in question("Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies"). There is also considerable emphasis on interdisciplinary research.

East-West Confrontations: There has always been a greater or lesser degree of mutual cultural interaction between the Near East and the Greek world. This applies to religious and artistic motifs, science, writing systems and public administration. The expertise of the teaching staff is concentrated mainly on the Hellenistic era (Alexander the Great in Mesopotamia), though earlier and later periods are also covered. Religion and Culture: one of the core themes covered in this specialization is the culture of the Greek elite in the eastern half of the Roman Empire. ... [-]

Master in Classics & Ancient Civilizations: Ancient studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program Ancient Studies does not adhere to disciplinary boundaries. There is almost not a single question which can be answered solely from an archaeological or literary vantage point. [+]

Master in Ancient studies

The Master’s program Ancient Studies does not adhere to disciplinary boundaries. There is almost not a single question which can be answered solely from an archaeological or literary vantage point. At Ancient Studies you learn to use that which is necessary, be it Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Languages or Philosophy. An ideal situation if you consider yourself both an historian and archaeologist, and want to view literature as a product of society.Questions you come across are, for example: Rome was an ethnic melting pot during imperial times. How did classical poets react to this, and can traces of this ethnic intermingling be found in studies of living conditions and artistic expressions? There are a lot of texts about dreams originating from the classical world (from Mesopotamia to Rome and Byzantium). Can we learn more about the people of antiquity by studying these dreams? And what is the influence of Latin literature on Dutch literature? Or: For once don’t compare Homer with Virgil, but with the Gilgamesh epic.Core moduleThe core module of this degree program is "Great Debates in Ancient Historical Studies". In this module, lecturers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam deal with a number of key themes from the field of Ancient studies that have been the subject of heated debates. You will write a paper on one of these debates. Depending on your background, you will specialize further in Ancient history and Archaeology, Latin language and culture, Greek language and culture... [-]


Master in Classics & Ancient Civilizations: Classics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The study of the texts, literatures, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome offers a treasure trove of information. This information is of the highest... [+]

Master in Classics

Classics as a discipline is alive and kicking. The study of the texts, literature, and material culture of ancient Greece and Rome offers a treasure trove of information. This information is of the highest interest in itself but is also highly relevant to our present-day culture. Do you consider it a challenge to nuance the image of Greco-Roman antiquity, as well as make new links between the present and the past? In that case the Master's in Classics is the programme for you. This Master's programme combines linguistics, literature, and cultural history. Its special profiles are narratology and discourse linguistics, intertextuality and reception, and ancient thought.The world of Greco-Roman antiquity has many facets and hence Classics embraces many disciplines. You will be analysing representative primary sources much more in-depth than was the case during the Bachelor’s phase. Choosing your own areas of interest you will be introduced into scholarly debates and learn to handle the academic instruments to contribute yourself to those discussions. In addition, you will be shown how to relate your specialist, critical knowledge of antiquity to texts and other cultural phenomena from later periods.... [-]


Master in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The research Master’s program aims to deliver well-equipped researchers in the field of Ancient Studies. It focuses on the cultures and societies of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe, and Western Asia in the period from c. 1000 BC to 500 AD. [+]

Master in Classics and Ancient Civilizations (Research)

The research Master’s program aims to deliver well-equipped researchers in the field of Ancient Studies. It focuses on the cultures and societies of the Mediterranean region, Western Europe, and Western Asia in the period from c. 1000 BC to 500 AD.The program offers a good mix of disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research. Disciplinary because the program builds on the specializations offered in your Bachelor’s program; interdisciplinary because you make use of the results of related disciplines during the so-called ‘core modules’. These are two interdisciplinary tutorials, in which members of the teaching staff from various disciplines from the Department of Ancient Studies and Archaeology teach you how to approach a shared research theme from different perspectives and to provide a theoretical underpinning for this theme.Opting for the research Master’s program will bring you into an inspiring research environment. The Department of Ancient Studies and Archaeology has been extremely successful of recent years in creating research opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral research students, including large thematic projects which have room for a number of doctoral and postdoctoral research students.... [-]


Master in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

In a small scale teaching setting, students at the Research Master’s in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology will learn about the etiology, the development and course of psychopathology and cutting-edge psychologically informed methods for its prevention and treatment. [+]

Master in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology (Research)

In a small scale teaching setting, students at the Research Master’s in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology will learn about the etiology, the development and course of psychopathology and cutting-edge psychologically informed methods for its prevention and treatment. The best researchers in this field will present high-quality teaching on the newest insights on the relation between mental health, biological endowments and environmental resources, the neuropsychological substrate and human relationships, and adaptive and maladaptive developmental pathways.

The program in a nutshell

The Departments of Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Special Education of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offer talented and motivated students a challenging educational program; a unique, two-year Research Master in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology.Features of the curriculum include:... [-]


Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology is a two-year Research Master’s program that operates on the cutting edges between cognitive psychology and clinical neuropsychology. [+]

Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology (Research)

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology is a two-year Research Master’s program that operates on the cutting edges between cognitive psychology and clinical neuropsychology. While cognitive psychology is geared towards general theories of brain function, neuropsychology focuses on individual patients with brain damage, whose condition can often provide us with new insights into how the human brain works. Combining these two approaches into one Master’s program is unique in the Netherlands.

The program in a nutshell

The Master’s in Cognitive Neuropsychology is a two-year research Master’s program, combining in-depth courses about cognitive function in the general and clinical populations with broad-based general and neuroscientific research skills.Features of the curriculum include:... [-]


Master in Computational Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Computational science is a discipline that has established itself as the third pillar of modern science (alongside theoretical and experimental science) and involves... [+]

Master in Computational science

Would you like to confront a tornado in virtual reality and predict its intentions? Or understand the behaviour of financial markets? What if you could simulate the outcome of a surgical procedure before it is put into practice? Or predict how a crowd would move in the event of a disaster?Computational science is a discipline that has established itself as the third pillar of modern science (alongside theoretical and experimental science) and involves the modelling, simulation and analysis of world phenomena through computation. This has opened up new windows onto the physical and social sciences, earth sciences and life sciences at many levels of scale.... [-]


Master in Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program aims to provide you with the knowledge, experience, and insights you need to become an autonomous professional in the field of computer science. You will learn a great deal about the technology behind computer systems, software, networking and online systems. [+]

Master in Computer Science

The Master’s program aims to provide you with the knowledge, experience, and insights you need to become an autonomous professional in the field of computer science. You will learn a great deal about the technology behind computer systems, software, networking and online systems. The program is designed to offer a solid basis for a career in the business world and also to prepare you for further education as a scientific researcher. There are several research groups within Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where you will have the opportunity to continue your work as a scientific researcher. The Computer Science department has many connections with national and international companies, which can offer you a flying start to your career once you have completed your Master’s. Computer Science graduates are in high demand and many of our students find work in their chosen field of specialization.... [-]


Master in Corporate Law: Law, Markets and Behaviour

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Lawyers used to only deal with the law. For lawyers to live up to the expectations of clients and society, they need to have broader skills. Lawyers also have to understand the underlying economic principles of transactions and procedures they are involved in. [+]

Lawyers used to only deal with the law. For lawyers to live up to the expectations of clients and society, they need to have broader skills. Lawyers also have to understand the underlying economic principles of transactions and procedures they are involved in. Behavioral perspectives are key to dynamics such as the governance of a company, mergers, and acquisitions and the formation of contracts. Global economic shockwaves have demonstrated that rules alone do not suffice; we need to think about ethics as well.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

Law, Markets, and Behavior is a track within the VU Master’s programme Corporate Law. This legal Master’s programme has deep-rooted multidisciplinary perspectives. Law is the vantage point of our thinking. Classical fields such as Contract Law, Tort Law, the Corporate Form, Insolvency Law and Regulatory Law will be taught in depth. In order for you to operate in an international context, we will focus on the principles; details of national laws will not be dealt with.... [-]


Master in Culture, Organization and Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The masters’ program of Culture, Organization, and Management puts organizational problems in a broader social and cultural perspective. Are you interested in organizations and topics within organization culture, change management, and cultural changes? Do you aim to graduate with a university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ program of Culture, Organization, and Management could be just what you are looking for. [+]

Master in Culture, Organization, and Management

The masters’ program of Culture, Organization, and Management puts organizational problems in a broader social and cultural perspective. Are you interested in organizations and topics within organization culture, change management, and cultural changes? Do you aim to graduate with a university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ program of Culture, Organization, and Management could be just what you are looking for.

Study program

The program focuses on qualitative research methods which typify the ethnographic approach. Students may also conduct research for their thesis in the Netherlands or abroad, notably in Southeast Asia, Southern Africa or the Caribbean.What you can expect from the program:... [-]


Master in Earth Sciences

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Earth Sciences is a general Master’s programme which differs from the specialized Masters we offer. The programme gives you the opportunity to choose a... [+]

Master of Earth Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is renowned for combining all Earth Sciences specializations with other subject areas. Earth Sciences at our university are closely linked to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Why limit yourself to being just a geologist or a geographer? Become a true Earth Scientist, with far-reaching background knowledge that allows you to really make the most of your future. How exactly do ice ages, life, plate tectonics and CO2 cycles in the Earth’s crust and oceans interact? What is the relationship between landscape and fault movements in the dating of rocks or in processes like uplift and erosion?

The programme in a nutshell

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Master in Ecology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

As a master’s student, you will study how nature works. Both an aim in itself and to develop the tools to predict and combat problems caused by pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. [+]

Master in Ecology

Ecologists investigate the relationships between organisms and their environment. As a master’s student, you will study how nature works. Both an aim in itself and to develop the tools to predict and combat problems caused by pollution, biodiversity loss and climate change. You will study Ecology from a plant, animal and systems perspective. Ecological processes are investigated from the molecular level on to the regional and global scale, where field observations and experiments are used to identify ecosystems’ patterns and functions.

Specializations

The Ecology and Evolution specialization is a combination of the former Ecology and Evolution programmes of both universities. The track offers the same package of courses to MSc students of both universities. This means that you will share classes and teachers with students from the other university. A unique opportunity to profit from the diversity in scientific expertise, teaching experience, research equipment and all other facilities the two universities can offer you. To participate in this programme you need to be registered as an MSc Ecology student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.The Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology is a new programme developed at the VU and UvA operating in the multidisciplinary fields of Ecology, Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Human Health Sciences. To participate in this programme you need to be registered as an MSc Ecology student at VU Amsterdam.The Limnology and Oceanography (UvA) track is an existing programme at the UVA studying theBiology, Chemistry, and Physics of freshwater ecosystems (Limnology) and marine ecosystems (Oceanography).To participate... [-]


Master in Econometrics & Operations Research

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Econometrics & Operations Research is a fascinating scientific discipline which develops quantitative resources and applies them to the analysis of economic problems in their broadest sense. [+]

Master in Econometrics & Operations Research

Econometrics & Operations Research is a fascinating scientific discipline which develops quantitative resources and applies them to the analysis of economic problems in their broadest sense. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains students by preparing them for a professional career in which mathematics, statistics, and ICT are applied for the quantitative analysis of many kinds of problems, either from the world of business, finance, economics or of a more general nature. We employ a diversity of modeling and analytical techniques. This means that the program is divided into two specializations: (I) Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and (II) Operations Research and Business Econometrics. These are usually referred to simply as Econometrics and Operations Research, respectively.... [-]


Master in Economics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Economics has been developed for the prospective professional economist with an interest in social issues. It teaches you the essentials of modern economic theory and how to apply them to everyday problems. Our faculty was ranked number one in the 2015 accreditation of Dutch economic departments and the Master's programme was received a top ranking by the students in the most recent “nationale studenten enquête” (NSE). [+]

Master in Economics

The Master’s in Economics has been developed for the prospective professional economist with an interest in social issues. It teaches you the essentials of modern economic theory and how to apply them to everyday problems in a number of core policy fields. Using behavioural economic models and statistical techniques, economists seek to answer macroeconomic and microeconomic questions. Areas of focus include poverty and inequality, social security, growth and inflation, and environmental policy. You will learn how to take a structured approach to practical problems when applying the economic techniques learned at the Bachelor’s level. As a Master’s student, you will become a versatile, all-around economist with the ability to independently tackle important economic issues.... [-]


Master in Economics (Tinbergen Institute MPhil)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The two-year Research Master’s in Economics is an ideal program for students who wish to pursue Ph.D. studies. The program provides select, high-quality education in the field of economics and econometrics. [+]

Master in Economics (MPhil)

The two-year Research Master’s in Economics is an ideal program for students who wish to pursue Ph.D. studies. The program provides select, high-quality education in the field of economics and econometrics. If your ambitions are focused on an academic career in economics, econometrics or finance, then this Research Master’s is ideal for you. Not only does it teach you to carry out independent scientific research, but it also provides an excellent stepping stone to good Ph.D. positions.

Specializations

This Research Master offers you three specializations:

Economics Econometrics Finance

Building a top research school in Economics

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Master in Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master's program in Entrepreneurship is a joint degree program of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. [+]

Entrepreneurship

There is increasing recognition of the fact that small and young ventures account for economic growth, and that entrepreneurship can be an important source of innovation. In the Entrepreneurship specialization, we see entrepreneurship as the processes of creating and exploiting opportunities by means of novel combinations of resources leading to new (social, societal and economic) value. Creativity plays a key role in these processes. We study entrepreneurial processes in all contexts where they occur: in new firms as well as existing ones (both small and large), and in institutional contexts. You will learn to appreciate the complexity and the challenges associated with the highly rewarding entrepreneurial activities in all kinds of firms and institutions and even beyond: entrepreneurship as a lifestyle.... [-]


Master in Environment and Resource Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program in Environment and Resource Management is organized by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), which is one of Europe’s oldest and most respected research institutes in the environmental sciences. [+]

Master in Environment and Resource Management

The Master’s program in Environment and Resource Management is organized by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), which is one of Europe’s oldest and most respected research institutes in the environmental sciences. The IVM receives high evaluations for its excellent research quality by external quality reviews and also scores very well in a citation analysis of reviewed journal articles.

Our research projects range from the analysis of local challenges such as funding environmental services to farmers, the use of civil juries to facilitate public participation in water management, adaptation to climate change in the Netherlands, national challenges such as greening the gross domestic product, to global challenges such as analysing international negotiations and North-South financial mechanisms.... [-]


Master in Finance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

This Master’s program provides conceptual frameworks and practical insight, both of which are vital to grasping how management and markets operate in the financial sector. [+]

Master in Finance

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of how financial management and financial markets work, the Master’s in Finance at VU University Amsterdam is an excellent place to start. This Master’s program provides conceptual frameworks and practical insight, both of which are vital to grasping how management and markets operate in the financial sector.

Study program

The aim of the program The Master’s program in Finance gives you a thorough basis for a good start as a finance professional. The first blow is half the battle. This program raises your level of knowledge in Investments and Corporate Finance, educates you on how to apply this knowledge in practice (cases) and trains you in creating new knowledge at the cutting edge of current academic thought. The first two learning goals are integrated into four compulsory courses (Corporate Finance, Empirical Finance, Asset Pricing & Investments and Financial Markets & Institutions) and two or more elective courses which enables you to specialize further.Both individually and in teams, you will work on academic research projects answering real-life questions raised in the world of finance. Finance can only become your second nature if you are able to acquire, apply and create knowledge simultaneously.... [-]


Master in Finance: Honours Program Quantitative Finance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Quantitative Finance program is an 84-credit Honours Track that is part of the Master’s program in Finance. You will take three core courses in finance (Investments, Derivatives, and Quantitative Risk Management), and three advanced methodological core courses in econometrics and financial mathematics. [+]

Master in Finance: Honours Program Quantitative Finance

The Quantitative Finance program is an 84-credit Honours Track that is part of the Master’s program in Finance. You will take three core courses in finance (Investments, Derivatives, and Quantitative Risk Management), and three advanced methodological core courses in econometrics and financial mathematics.You can select three electives from the Master’s programs in Finance, Econometrics, Mathematics, Business Studies, Economics, and others. This freedom of choice allows you to select your own specialization and create your own career profile. You will be able to emphasize fundamental, methodological subjects or focus on the application of the advanced methodology.In the course of one year you will attend lectures, complete case study assignments, give presentations and conduct extensive research assignments. The program is taught in English. Graduates receive the title of Master of Finance.... [-]


Master in Heritage Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the few universities in Europe offering a full master in Heritage Studies, even with the option to extend the programme into a two-year research master. The staff of the Heritage Studies programme is well-embedded in the international heritage networks. Amsterdam, with its global scope and many renowned heritage institutions, extensive creative industries, and its... [+]

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the few universities in Europe offering a full master in Heritage Studies, even with the option to extend the programme into a two-year research master. The staff of the Heritage Studies programme is well-embedded in the international heritage networks. Amsterdam, with its global scope and many renowned heritage institutions, extensive creative industries, and its canal district that figures prominently on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, is the perfect urban context for studying (transforming) cultural heritage.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The Master’s programme Heritage Studies at VU Amsterdam is a one year programme of 60 ECTS. It includes a combination of lectures and workshops, with space for roundtable discussions and debate. Additionally, lectures are held on location during group visits to projects, institutions, landscapes, and cities. The examination forms are verbal and oral, and presentations and essays are often included. You will complete your study with a thesis.... [-]


Master in History

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

History matters. The master’s degree program in history at the VU trains you to become a professional historian. The course is broad-based and also allows you to specialize in a particular area of history. Each specialization is based on one of the chairs of the History Department. The progress of your study is personally mentored by a professor. [+]

History matters. The master’s degree program in history at the VU trains you to become a professional historian. The course is broad-based and also allows you to specialize in a particular area of history. Each specialization is based on one of the chairs of the History Department. The progress of your study is personally mentored by a professor. According to a student, “History at the VU distinguishes itself by its small community of students and the support of its staff.”

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM

All students follow a number of basic courses. In addition, you choose the broad master’s curriculum or one of the five specializations. If you decide to follow the broad master’s curriculum then you make your own choice from the other subjects offered. Each specialization is connected to one or more of the chairs of the History Department. The progress of your study is personally mentored by a member of the academic staff. Some specializations are in English; others are in Dutch, but with some courses in English.... [-]


Master in Humanities: Critical Studies in Art & Culture (research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master’s in Critical Studies in Art & Culture is a two-year program which will enable you to develop into a professional researcher. [+]

Master in Critical Studies in Art & Culture (Research)

This two-year program is unique in the Netherlands. With special emphasis on methodological and theoretical issues, it interrelates perspectives from art history, media studies, design studies and architectural history. It fosters the acquisition of knowledge, analytical skills and a capacity to critically reflect on historical and contemporary developments in the cultural industries. It centers on the analysis of “visual objects” (from landscapes, cities, and buildings to artworks in various media, film, television, design, and games) in their social, institutional, economic and ideological contexts. The program is taught in English.... [-]


Master in Humanities: Global History (research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

This two-year’s program prepares talented students for a research career in history. You can specialize in political, (post)colonial history, global social history or cultural history. The History group is acclaimed for its unique expertise in the fields of the history of knowledge and religion, heritage studies, emotions studies, material culture, and environmental humanities. [+]

Master in History (Research)

This two-year’s program prepares talented students for a research career in history. You can specialize in political, (post)colonial history, global social history or cultural history. The History group is acclaimed for its unique expertise in the fields of the history of knowledge and religion, heritage studies, emotions studies, material culture, and environmental humanities. You will research the complex constellations in which people, objects, spaces, and ideas intersect, with a focus on the role of power, social relations, religion, and emotions. The program also offers students the possibility to explore and train skills in digital analysis and reflect on the possibilities of the emerging digital humanities techniques.... [-]


Master in Humanities: Linguistics (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a two-year program which will enable you to develop into a professional researcher. The program deals with linguistics in its broadest sense. All students take a general course in the field of linguistic research in the first year. [+]

Master in Linguistics (Research)

The Research Master’s in Linguistics is a two-year program which will enable you to develop into a professional researcher. The program deals with linguistics in its broadest sense. All students take a general course in the field of linguistic research in the first year. The course, appropriately called Linguistic Research, is taught by three or four lecturers, each of whom lectures on the history of research in the field of linguistics from the perspective of their own specialization and on the methods and techniques used in their individual fields. In addition, you will select an area in which you wish to specialize. During the program, you will choose four courses from a list of available Master’s courses. You will base your choice on your own interests and the specialization that you wish to pursue. Our areas of expertise include not only phonology and syntax but also subjects such as textual and/or genre analysis, anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics. The program is taught in English.... [-]


Master in Humanities: Literature & Contested Spaces (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The focal point of this programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is the interrelation between literature and social change. Fiction matters because it shapes the way we view the world ... [+]

Master in Literary Studies (research)

The focal point of this programme is the interrelation between literature and social change. Fiction matters because it shapes the way we view the world, other people, and ourselves. It is through fantasy that we can begin to change reality. In this programme, you will learn to analyse the form, language and material aspects of texts as carriers of cultural, ethical, religious, scientific and political systems of meaning. You will learn to design research that combines perspectives from literature studies and literary history with other disciplines, such as cultural and (post)colonial history, environmental and digital humanities, global history and visual culture.... [-]


Master in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise and Health

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program comprises two main tracks: ‘Sport’ and ‘Health’. The tracks are not strictly divided but have some overlap. This makes it possible to compose the ideal program for each individual student. [+]

Master in Human Movement Sciences: Sport, Exercise, and Health

From the latest developments in sports training to new approaches to rehabilitation, the Master’s in Human Movement Sciences provides state of the art insights into the ways in which motor performance can be enhanced. From biomechanics to psychology. From exercise physiology to neurorehabilitation. And from muscle function to motor development. By choosing a focus on either sports or health, you can fine-tune your own profile. With this profound background in the human movement sciences, you will be well equipped to contribute to this fascinating field of study.Are you interested in optimizing sports performance, helping people with impaired motor functioning, or gaining a fundamental understanding of how we move? Then the Master’s in Human Movement Sciences is the ideal program for you!... [-]


Master in Hydrology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Our International Hydrology Master's Programme is in English and requires two years of study to obtain the 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) that you... [+]

Master in Hydrology

Ensuring that there is enough water of good quality to satisfy the needs of the world’s growing population is a daunting challenge. Society needs hydrologists to manage the world’s water resources. In the Master’s programme in Hydrology, you will study the processes that regulate the quantity and quality of water as it passes through ecosystems, soils and rivers. We will provide you with a solid theoretical basis, combined with hydrological research in areas ranging from tropical Amazonia to the permafrost regions of Siberia. A Master of Science in Hydrology enables you to pursue a professional or scientific career in hydrology.

Study programme

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Master in Information Sciences

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Our Master’s courses may change from year to year to reflect ongoing developments and international Information Sciences research. [+]

Master in Information Sciences

Information Sciences is the multidisciplinary area spanning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its practical application in society. Are you interested in how information is created and processed in companies and organizations? Are you more interested in the application of technology than technology for its own sake? Do you believe it is important to consider the role of people, organizations, and cultures in the design, modeling, communication and sharing of information? If so, then the Master’s program in Information Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an excellent choice for you.Information Sciences combines technology and organizational studies on the one hand, with technology and culture on the other. It features courses that keep you ahead of the rapid pace of developments within this sector. The program focuses on web applications and internet research for the e-society of the future, including areas such as e-business and e-entertainment. The Master’s program seeks to promote scientific insight and a sense of social responsibility. You will be required to select courses with a total value of 15 credits from a list of approved courses which are rooted in our international research.Our Master’s courses may change from year to year to reflect ongoing developments and international Information Sciences research. They can include guest courses, SIKS National Graduate Research School courses, and courses on other new topics taught by the university staff. Our current courses include Information Retrieval, E-Business Innovation, Software Architecture, Ontology Engineering and Multimedia Design Case.... [-]


Master in International Business Law

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam benefits from its unique location in the heart of Amsterdam’s business district, where many international law firms are located. As a student of the master International Business Law (IBL), you will be able to network in a real-life business environment. Some courses are taught by legal practitioners, who can give you a genuine understanding of how the law works in practice. [+]

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam benefits from its unique location in the heart of Amsterdam’s business district, where many international law firms are located. As a student of the master International Business Law (IBL), you will be able to network in a real-life business environment. Some courses are taught by legal practitioners, who can give you a genuine understanding of how the law works in practice. Classes are small, international and interactive. The mix of nationalities within the group gives the IBL program an extra dimension.

STRUCTURE OF THE IBL PROGRAM

The Master’s program in International Business Law consists of mandatory courses, electives courses, a research seminar and a Master thesis. Students must opt for a specialization (‘Profile Transactions’ or ‘Profile Regulatory’). The mandatory courses provide you with a general legal foundation, while later elective courses focus on more specific areas of international business law. In the final stage, you will write your Master thesis. The IBL program focuses on rules and practices for promoting international commercial transactions. It aims at developing an understanding of the world’s trading system and rules for international investments, and it examines the legal aspects of business practices. You will study the main legal areas and the interaction between the actors involved in transactions. In addition, you will develop skills to anticipate, analyze and address problems that may arise in your future career: the legal practice of international business.... [-]


Master in Law and Politics of International Security

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

This one-year Master's program aims at transferring to students the knowledge, skills, and insight necessary to operate as a professional or academic researcher in the area of international peace of security. [+]

Master in Law and Politics of International Security

This one-year Master's program aims at transferring to students the knowledge, skills, and insight necessary to operate as a professional or academic researcher in the area of international peace of security. Issues of international peace and security are becoming increasingly important in legal, political and administrative practice. The concept of ‘international security’ is no longer confined to traditional issues of war and peace, but now also covers topics such as terrorism, criminal law, the protection of human rights and ‘human security’.

Program

The Master’s program in Law and Politics of International Security offers a curriculum that focuses on international security from the perspectives of international law and international relations. Moreover, it provides insight into the common foundations of the two disciplines, the different methods, and theories as well as the interplay between the two in the area of international security. Below you will find a couple of examples of topics that are covered in the program.... [-]


Master in Literary Studies: English Literature in a Visual Culture

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Literary Studies, program Literatures in English at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the relation between literature and visual culture. Rooted in VU Amsterdam tradition of studying the relations between word and image, this specialized interdisciplinary program will teach you to analyze the various ways in which textual and visual culture interact. [+]

Master in Literatures in English

The Master’s in Literary Studies, program Literatures in English at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the relation between literature and visual culture. Rooted in VU Amsterdam tradition of studying the relations between word and image, this specialized interdisciplinary program will teach you to analyze the various ways in which textual and visual culture interact. The topics studied from this perspective range from the Renaissance stage to screenwriting, from the relation between poetry and photography to film adaptations of gothic novels.The courses in this program are closely linked to the current research of staff members so that students are involved in cutting-edge developments. You are encouraged to explore your own interests in depth using the tools and theories we provide you with, culminating in your own research project when you write your MA-thesis in the second semester.... [-]


Master in Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program offers the ideal opportunity to specialize in this fascinating area of research where a wide range of disciplines meets. [+]

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.... [-]


Master in Marketing

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Marketing programme takes you on a journey in which you challenge yourself to look further in areas of marketing theory, a marketing research... [+]

Master of Marketing

The Master’s in Marketing programme takes you on a journey in which you challenge yourself to look further in areas of marketing theory, marketing research, and marketing practice. You will learn to think strategically, thus understanding how superior value can be created for customers and other stakeholders while achieving organizational goals.

First semester

The journey begins by understanding how a sustainable competitive edge is obtained by creating value for customers and society. Rather than focusing on ‘recipes for success’, the emphasis is on looking further: understanding why something works. This also calls for profound comprehension of research methodology. The journey also takes you deeper into the worlds of consumer and business-to-business marketing, either product or service, thus enabling you to address marketing challenges in an increasingly complex international environment.Second semester... [-]


Master in Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program in Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides you with an opportunity to specialize in one area while further deepening your mathematical knowledge in general. [+]

Master in Mathematics

Mathematics is a vibrant, multifaceted and versatile field, in which the focus is on the study and development of techniques to tackle pure and applied mathematical questions. Often, the dividing line between theory and practice is merely an illusion. Mathematical theory, developed for a specific problem, often finds its way into unexpected applications. This is the strength and beauty of mathematics, a discipline which is by definition infinite, and where new paths are always waiting to be explored. The Master’s program in Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam provides you with an opportunity to specialize in one area while further deepening your mathematical knowledge in general.... [-]


Master in Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

This Master’s emphasizes hands-on experiments, featuring many software lab courses that train you to solve challenging research problems using software experiments. You will work on design, implementation, testing and performance analysis of complex system software. [+]

Master in Parallel and Distributed Computer Systems

This Master’s emphasizes hands-on experiments, featuring many software lab courses that train you to solve challenging research problems using software experiments. You will work on design, implementation, testing and performance analysis of complex system software. Operating in small teams, you will train your collaborative research skills. Courses include Parallel Programming and Distributed Systems, Cluster and Grid Computing and Computer Graphics.

The program in a nutshell

The curriculum requires that you take compulsory subjects worth 32 ECTS and optional subjects worth 27 ECTS. The emphasis shifts gradually from classroom lectures to independent and research-oriented study with practical work, seminars and the identification of open research questions.Compulsory subjects include:... [-]


Master in Philosophy: Philosophy, Bioethics and Health (2 years)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s specialization in Philosophy, Bioethics and Health will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to deal with ethical issues in health care and health-care policy.You will learn how to reflect on practical problems from a medical, moral, legal, political and economic perspective. [+]

Master in Philosophy, Bioethics, and Health (Specialization of Philosophy, 2 years)

The Master’s specialization in Philosophy, Bioethics and Health will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to deal with ethical issues in health care and health-care policy.You will learn how to reflect on practical problems from a medical, moral, legal, political and economic perspective.The need for interdisciplinary reflection is growing as developments within society lead to new challenges in health care. Take the shifts in responsibility for example patients are expected to take greater responsibility for their own health and to ‘manage themselves’ and insurers are becoming responsible for both the cost and the quality of health-care provisions. In addition, there are many rapid scientific and technological developments to take into account: from knowledge of the genetic basis of diseases, pre-implantation diagnosis and IVF, to the use of plastic surgery for aesthetic enhancement. Then there are the problems of just allocation caused by the growing number of treatment options for all kinds of diseases and the growing number of people living well into old age. Such developments cause a change in the medical ethical agenda.... [-]


Master in Philosophy: Philosophy of Neurosciences

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Neuroscience belongs to the sciences that in the future will have a large impact on virtually all aspects of our functioning as humans. [+]

Neuroscience belongs to the sciences that in the future will have a large impact on virtually all aspects of our functioning as humans. Neuroscience has already changed the view we have of ourselves. This programme offers an answer to a need for responsible scientists, scientists who are sensitive to the conceptual issues in their own specific subdomain and who are, on the other hand, able to reflect and communicate about the broader implications of their field, clinical as well as societal. We aim at philosophy in neuroscience instead of philosophy about neuroscience.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

The curriculum of PNS includes 30 ec in Philosophy, 36 ec in Neuroscience, 42 ec in Philosophy of Neuroscience, and 12 ec for the individual Master’s thesis, at the total of 120 ec. For details of the curriculum, please consult the website at www.vu.nl/philosophy... [-]


Master in Physics and Astronomy

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program in Physics provides you with plenty of opportunities to study and engage in groundbreaking fundamental research and its applications. Whether you are interested in physical processes within cells, creating artificial photosynthesis, astroparticle physics or testing fundamental symmetries at the atomic scale, the Master’s program in Physics gives you the opportunities to deepen your knowledge and engage in groundbreaking fundamental research. [+]

Master in Physics

Physics and Astronomy is an indispensable part of modern society. Modern life would be entirely different without computer chips, lasers, MRI screening and all the other benefits of physics research. The Master’s program in Physics provides you with plenty of opportunities to study and engage in groundbreaking fundamental research and its applications. Whether you are interested in physical processes within cells, creating artificial photosynthesis, astroparticle physics or testing fundamental symmetries at the atomic scale, the Master’s program in Physics gives you the opportunities to deepen your knowledge and engage in groundbreaking fundamental research.

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Master in Political Science: Comparative and European Politics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods within the traditions of positive theory development and critical theory. [+]

Master in Political Science: Comparative and European Politics

Following the masters’ program in Political Science

During the one-year masters’ program Political Science: Comparative and European Politics, you will develop new insights about the European Union and European politics. You will do this by examining the scientific research about the different developments within the Union. You will also become acquainted with recent research in this field and you will learn the most important research traditions and perspectives on politics. You will research politics in Europe to prepare for your thesis.

Study program

The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods within the traditions of positive theory development and critical theory.Above all, the program aims to enable our students to critically examine political issues at a high level of conceptual abstraction and to carry out in-depth academic theoretical and empirical research on a political topic in a globalizing context. To this end, the program familiarizes you with a broad range of theories and approaches that serve both explanatory and critical objectives.The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time program, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 ECTS credits and features four specialization streams.... [-]


Master in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods within the traditions of positive theory development and critical theory. [+]

Master in Political Science: Global Environmental Governance

Almost no animal species, countries or parts of the ocean are unaffected by the enormous development of human beings. The master Political Science: Global Environmental Governance focuses on the political aspects and implications of topics as climate change, sustainability, and nature. Are you interested in these topics and do you aim to graduate with a university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ Political Science: Global Environmental Governance at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam could be just what you are looking for.

Study program

The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods within the traditions of positive theory development and critical theory.Humans now influence all biological and physical systems on the planet. The perennial question is how to organize the co-evolution of societies and their surrounding environment. Essential to this, are the newly emerging structures of transnational cooperation and governance, which are at the heart of this specialization.The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time program, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 ECTS credits and features four specialization streams.... [-]


Master in Political Science: International Relations and Transnational Governance

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

As a graduate of the Master’s program in Political Science at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will be capable of working effectively in a multidisciplinary environment: you will be familiar with and have a solid foundation in the approaches used in the wider world of the social sciences. Graduates are well-equipped to undertake roles in organizations where coherent policy papers are produced, based on specialist reports from various disciplinary backgrounds. [+]

Master in Political Science: International Relations and Transnational Governance

The masters’ program Political Science is a one-year full-time program (about 40 hours of studying per week). The program starts in September. Upon successful completion, graduates are awarded the legally recognized title Master of Science (MSc) in Political Science. Political Science is a full-time course starting in September.

Study program

Global, as well as European governance, have been intensifying. At the same time, the new millennium has also witnessed new forms of conflict as well as the apparent resurgence of interstate rivalry and geopolitics, as can be witnessed by the new arms race and in the increasing level of competition for natural resources.In this specialization, you will become acquainted with the different theoretical perspectives from which these international dynamics can be analyzed, and learn to apply them to topics of your interest.The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time program, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 ECTS credits and features four specialization streams.... [-]


Master in Political Science: Policy and Politics

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The VU Master’s program Political Science: Policy and Politics offers an interdisciplinary combination of political science and public administration science, allowing you to focus on the interaction between political institutions and policy-making. [+]

Master in Political Science: Policy and Politics

The VU Master’s program Political Science: Policy and Politics offers an interdisciplinary combination of political science and public administration science, allowing you to focus on the interaction between political institutions and policy-making.During the one-year Master's program Political Science: Policy and Politics, you receive a thorough-based training and insight in how the dynamics of politics interact with everyday governance processes. This interaction is put in light of developments at the transnational, European and global level and applied in specific policy areas like security policy.

Study program

The Master’s in Political Science gives you a thorough, broad-based training in social and political science methodology. This involves the application and practical use of a variety of political research methods within the traditions of positive theory development and critical theory.Above all, the program aims to enable our students to critically examine political issues at a high level of conceptual abstraction and to carry out in-depth academic theoretical and empirical research on a political topic in a globalizing context. To this end, the program familiarizes you with a broad range of theories and approaches that serve both explanatory and critical objectives.The Master’s in Political Science is a one-year full-time program, taught entirely in English. It has a workload of 60 ECTS credits and features four specialization streams.... [-]


Master in Psychology: Social Psychology (Specialization)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Social psychology examines human interaction, and the influence of the social environment on cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior. This Master’s specialization focuses on the question how basic social-psychological theories can be applied to solve societal problems, for instance in the context of health, the environment, communication, aggression, and charity. [+]

Social psychology examines human interaction, and the influence of the social environment on cognition, emotion, motivation, and behavior. This Master’s specialization focuses on the question how basic social-psychological theories can be applied to solve societal problems, for instance in the context of health, the environment, communication, aggression, and charity. The program specifically seeks to increase student’s knowledge of social psychology, and train them in (a) translating theory to a thorough analysis of social problems, and (b) developing scientifically grounded interventions.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM

In the first semester, students take the following five mandatory courses:... [-]


Master in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology (Specialization)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The program offers courses that are grounded in both theory and practice, offering insight into the role of personality, social processes, leadership, and decision-making in organizations, and is taught by internationally renowned experts. [+]

The Master’s specialization ‘Work and Organizational Psychology’ focuses on human behavior in organizations and work situations. Some of the questions posed are: How can organizations attract competent and reliable employees? What role do organizational leaders play? How does one influence group and organizational processes? The program offers courses that are grounded in both theory and practice, offering insight into the role of personality, social processes, leadership, and decision-making in organizations, and is taught by internationally renowned experts.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM

In the first semester, students can choose five out of the following seven courses:

Consumer Behavior and Economic Decision Making (6 EC) Leadership and Organization (6 EC) Social Processes and Organizational Change (6 EC) Work and Health (6 EC) Advanced Structural Models (6 EC) Personality at Work (6 EC) Elective (6 EC) ... [-]

Master in Science Business & Innovation

Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

As a Science-Business professional, you are able to bridge the gap between research in (university) laboratories and practice in large industries companies as well as (small) entrepreneurial firms. You are trained to integrate science aspects of a business and innovation context while taking organizational, social and cultural variables into account. Practice and theory go hand in hand in your Master SBI, and the SBI courses feature real-world business and technology cases that are directly applicable to your future career. [+]

As a Science-Business professional, you are able to bridge the gap between research in (university) laboratories and practice in large industries companies as well as (small) entrepreneurial firms. You are trained to integrate science aspects in a business and innovation context while taking organizational, social and cultural variables into account. Practice and theory go hand in hand in your Master SBI, and the SBI courses feature real-world business and technology cases that are directly applicable to your future career.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMAt the start of the program, students choose a specialization: Energy & Sustainability or Life & Health. The curriculum comprises the following:... [-]


Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master SCA enables students to develop and strengthen their research capabilities while anchoring in the theoretical paradigm of human security. The program explores issues such as poverty and migration, sustainable development, religion, and identity. [+]

Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Are you interested in Anthropology and topics like development aid, culture, identity, religion and sustainable development? Do you aim to graduate with a university masters’ degree? Then the masters’ program Social and Cultural Anthropology could be just what you are looking for. Millions of people worldwide live in poverty and war. How do they give meaning to their existence and what strategies do they use to reach a better standard of living and a sense of freedom? Migration seems to be the last resort for desperate people. What do refugees and persons seeking asylum find in their new home country and in what way are they welcomed by the local peoples?... [-]


Master in Social Psychology: Regulation of Social Behaviour (research)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

Become the best scientist and scholar that you can be! Our Master program in Social Psychology takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding fundamental social psychological processes. The underlying idea is that new insights regarding human behavior can be understood more completely by incorporating evolutionary, cognitive, and social structural perspectives into the study of diverse social and psychological phenomena. [+]

Become the best scientist and scholar that you can be! Our Master program in Social Psychology takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding fundamental social psychological processes. The underlying idea is that new insights regarding human behavior can be understood more completely by incorporating evolutionary, cognitive, and social structural perspectives into the study of diverse social and psychological phenomena. Including self-processes, interpersonal relations, and intra- and inter-group phenomena. Social psychology is, therefore, an important factor in countless situations and settings.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM

During the first year, courses focus on basic principles and advanced skills, including methods, statistics, and writing; you will also complete a group-based research project. The second year integrates this knowledge and places it in a broader, multidisciplinary context; you will complete two research projects and write a thesis as the culmination of your Master’s degree. Teaching takes place on a small scale in seminars, workshops, and individual mentorships. Our lecturers are internationally recognized in diverse fields. The program features special facilities, including a dedicated research laboratory and a work-study room, and has a truly international character: all teaching is in English, and more than half of our students come from outside the Netherlands.... [-]


Master in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics (STREEM)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

A Master’s in Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics offers excellent career prospects. Many graduates find jobs as policy economists with the government or consultancy firms such as KPMG and Ernst & Young. Opportunities also exist at organizations with an interest in economic subjects, spatial economics and transport such as KLM, Schiphol and Dutch Rail. [+]

Master in Spatial, Transport, and Environmental Economics (STREEM)

The program offers you the possibility to specialize in spatial, transport or environmental economics.Spatial Economics: analyze how various forces contribute to spatial dynamics and network development from a mainly microeconomic perspective; explore the use and further development of various techniques, methods, and tools in this field.Transport Economics: focus on the causes and consequences of a growing demand for mobility from a microeconomic perspective; address problems such as congestion, reliability, safety and environmental externalities.Environmental Economics: focus on economic aspects of environmental problems and policy; combine scientific and policy expertise; address the need to integrate economics with insights from other disciplines, notably the environmental sciences. ... [-]


Master in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Master’s program in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains you in the full depth and breadth of the field, expanding your abilities and insights and enhancing your opportunities in the job market. [+]

Master in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics

Stochastics examines phenomena in which chance plays a central role, such as the result of a general election, fluctuations in share prices or the interactions between molecules in a living cell. If you opt for the Master’s program in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics, you will be trained to become a world-class expert in both theory and relevant areas of application. The Master’s program in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam trains you in the full depth and breadth of the field, expanding your abilities and insights and enhancing your opportunities in the job market.

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Master in Theology & Religious Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The one-year Master's program Theology and Religious Studies focuses on specific professional fields. In this master's you will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. [+]

Master in Theology & Religious Studies

The one-year Master's program Theology and Religious Studies focuses on specific professional fields. In this master's you will be prepared for a professional career within or outside religious institutions. You can choose from various specializations that each focus on their own field. You will not only follow courses in which you reflect on a specific field or professional context; an internship is an obligatory part of this master's as well. Of course, you will write a thesis to finish your master's program. Throughout the program, you will be actively coached in your study progress and personal development.The five specializations to choose from are:... [-]


Master in Theology & Religious Studies (Research)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The Theology & Religious Studies research master's program offers students the opportunity to study theology, both contextual and classical, at an advanced level. Our dedicated teaching staff consists of leading scholars from within VU University Amsterdam. [+]

Master in Theology & Religious Studies (Research)

The Theology & Religious Studies research master's program offers students the opportunity to study theology, both contextual and classical, at an advanced level. Our dedicated teaching staff consists of leading scholars from within VU University Amsterdam. They participate in national and international networks in their fields and provide state of the art expertise to make sure you are ready to meet the academic challenges ahead.At VU University Amsterdam you can choose to do theological research in the following disciplines: Biblical Studies, Church History, Dogmatics, Ecumenics, World Religions, Philosophy of Religion, Practical Theology, and the Social- Scientific Study of Religion. The specialization you choose will define the content of your personal Theology & Religious Studies (research) program.... [-]


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