Graduate entry program in medicine

Are you interested in both medicine and research?

Then VUmc Zigma might be a good fit for you. VUmc Zigma is our four year graduate entry program in medicine with focus on research. VU University Medical Center established this program in 2012 in order to train a small group of talented students to become doctors with a strong research profile. When you enter the program you will start with a first preparatory year to acquire medical knowledge and skills, followed by three years of the VUmc Master’s program with an extended research internship and clinical rotations.

Experience VUmc as a research university

It is the possibility to follow workshops, courses and to receive training in a variety of research skills, which is characteristic for VUmc Zigma. Are you eager to perform research and to obtain your PhD-degree? VUmc Zigma encourages you to start your PhD research during your Master’s program.

Everybody with a keen interest in medicine as well as in medical scientific research is more than welcome to apply. You will be admitted to participate in our selection procedure if you have obtained a degree other than a bachelor of medicine, such as a bachelor degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or liberal arts and sciences. Please note that the graduate entry program in medicine is offered in Dutch only. Last year our first VUmc Zigma students finished their studies; not only did they graduate, they all obtained a job straightaway and are now successfully working as junior doctors, PhD candidates or residents.


If you have any questions about the graduate entry program, please contact us through the following email address:
Language of instruction
4 years (1 preparatory year and 3 year Master's program)
Application deadline
from mid November to mid January
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Study type
Field of Interest
Health and Movement