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Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Nature and nurture: how do they interact and correlate? Is health and wellbeing in our genes or is the environment the most important source of differences between people? And can we use DNA to predict our health?

 

Both twin studies and molecular genetic studies have highlighted the influence of our genetic code on behaviour and health. To adequately understand and influence behaviour and health, we need to increase our knowledge of the way our genes play their part, by themselves and when interacting with our environment.

During the two-year Genes in Behaviour and Health Research Master’s programme, you’ll delve into these questions in depth to understand the influence of our genetic code on behaviour and health.


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Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research)

What is the influence of genetic factors and environmental factors on mental illness and lifestyle? Why is quitting smoking so much easier for one person than another?

 

How we develop, what we observe, what decisions we make: everything is behaviour. That behaviour is influenced by where and how we grow up and the predispositions passed on to us by our parents. The interplay between all these factors shapes who we are, what we do, and how we view the world. To what extent can these differences between people be attributed to genetic factors and/or environmental factors?

 

The two-year Research Master’s programme will equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the relevant research methods to design and carry out high-quality research within the field of behaviour/molecular genetics and genetic epidemiology. In choosing this programme, you’ll take the first steps to become part of a new generation of talented researchers capable of contributing to the rapid spread of omics, from curative medicine to wider applications in the behavioural and health sciences involving prevention and care.

 

Opting for the Research Master’s programme brings you into an inspiring research environment. The Department of Biological Psychology is famous for its Netherlands Twin Register: a unique data repository containing genetic and environmental information for more than 50,000 twin families, who are followed longitudinally.

You will be taught by expert staff members and researchers from other institutes worldwide who regularly visit to give lectures and workshops. Teaching takes place in small groups, providing ample opportunities for interaction with staff.

 


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Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research)

The Genes in Behaviour and Health Research Master’s programme equips you with the theoretical basis, methodological proficiency and research practices needed to pursue an academic research career.

 

Most graduates from the programme therefore continue to pursue a career in scientific research. Of course, a career in biotechnology-oriented sectors, focused on health or medical technology, is also a great opportunity.


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Genes in Behaviour and Health (Research)

I have an international degree

 

We are looking for highly motivated students with an interest in the application of genetics in the behavioural or health sciences, with sufficient background in statistics, biology and psychology.

The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are:

  • An academic Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Educational Science or a closely related subject area
  • An active interest in research as demonstrated in research oriented courses, internships and/or thesis
  • Education must have included research oriented courses (methods, statistics) (12 EC)
  • Good average grades. Your average grade for your academic bachelor's is 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3). In its assessment, the admission board focuses at the grades obtained for courses on statistics, research methods, courses related to more biologically orientated courses (biological psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, genetics) and thesis. Please note: Exceptions are possible for students who demonstrate a great motivation for the Research Master Genes in Behaviour and Health.
  • Highly motivated as demonstrated by motivation letter.
  • Proficiency in English. English language skills for those who did not follow earlier English-language education will need to be demonstrated, as reaching an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL paper-based test score of 580, a TOEFL Internet-based test score of 92-93 or Cambridge Advanced English classification of A , B or C.

The Admissions Board will evaluate your application, which includes a written motivation and two letters of reference.


 

I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, or bachelor's degree at another university)

 

The general requirements for admission to the Research Master's programme are:

 

  • An academic Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Educational Science or a closely related subject area
  •  An active interest in research as demonstrated in research oriented courses, internships and/or thesis
  •  Education must have included research oriented courses (methods, statistics) (12 EC)
  •  Good average grades. Your average grade for your academic bachelor's is 7.5 or higher (or the international equivalent, e.g. a B+ or a GPA of 3.3). In its assessment, the admission board focuses at the grades obtained for courses on statistics, research methods, courses related to more biologically orientated courses (biological psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, genetics) and thesis. Please note: Exceptions are possible for students who demonstrate a great motivation for the Research Master Genes in Behaviour and Health.
  • Highly motivated as demonstrated by motivation letter
  • Proficiency in English. English language skills for those who did not follow earlier English-language education will need to be demonstrated, as reaching an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL paper-based test score of 580, a TOEFL Internet-based test score of 92-93 or Cambridge Advanced English classification of A, B or C

 

The Admissions Board will evaluate your application, which includes a written motivation and two letters of reference.


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences, Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 12690 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences, Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master

Language

English

Start

winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 12690 EUR / year

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