MA Oncology

The study guide can be found at the general VU-website (pdf).

This study guide contains information on the Master’s Programme in Oncology provided by the VU University Medical Center (VUmc) for the academic year 2011/2012. In the first chapter, you can find general information on cancer research at the VUmc and the aim of the study programme. Chapters 2 and 3 provide information regarding admission, planning, timetables, course registration, interim examinations, student facilities, etc. Course information and timetables for compulsory and optional courses can be found Chapter 4. The 5th chapter provides the students’ manual for placement and study of literature. Please note, that all information in this study guide and recent announcements are also available on the Blackboard site "Communication site master oncology";

Oncology at VUmc
The VU University Medical Center (VUmc) has been known by this name since January 1st 2001. That date marks the integration of the VU hospital and the Faculty of Medicine of VU University Amsterdam. Next to its leading role in the Dutch health service, principal tasks of the VUmc are scientific research, academic programmes and training. The VUmc has identified cancer research as one of the core research areas.  Subsequently, the VUmc has taken initiative to develop the Master's Programme in Oncology under the umbrella of the VUmc Cancer Centre Amsterdam (CCA), and the VUmc research institute for Immunology and cancer research (V-ICI); an ideal environment to study oncology at the highest level. The Master’s Programme started in 2002 and received in 2003 the label Topmaster’s Programme from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OC&W).

VUmc is responsible for the organization and coordination of the Master's Programme in Oncology. This includes quality assurance, programme development and student guidance. The prospectus of the Master's Programme in Oncology provides information on organization of the educational programme and descriptions of courses and other components that can be examined.

Members of the programme committee ("opleidingscommissie") are highly dedicated to the Master’s Programme. Students, VU/VUmc-staff members and other interested persons are welcome to contact us for any questions and suggestions in regard to the Master’s Programme. Names and addresses of the programme coordinator, programme committee, professors and student-representatives can be found at the end of this catalogue. For general questions please visit the website of the Master’s Programme ( or the Blackboard site "Communication site Master Oncology".

Aim of the study programme
Cancer is one of the main causes of death in the Western world. In our ageing society the number of cancer patients continues to rise, since the incidence of the disease is highest among the elderly. Research in order to prevent, diagnose and treat this disease is therefore of vital importance. The same applies to research into the causes of cancer and the long-term effects of treatment. Cancer research is multidisciplinary and takes place within a global network. A researcher in such a demanding environment needs to be well-equipped.

The Master's Programme in Oncology aims to transfer the unique combination of translational oncology research at the VUmc to the next generation of students. The programme is research-oriented and has a multidisciplinary character. Students are trained in state-of-the-art techniques in cancer research and therapy. This also includes skills in order to develop, organize and realize of oncological research.

Structure of organization
The Master's Programme in Oncology is covered by the responsibility of the executive board of the VUmc ("Raad van Bestuur"). Education is a part of the institute for medical education, which gives the educational director responsibility. Within the institute for medical education a coordinator takes care of the organization and gearing of the curriculum. The Master's Programme in Oncology has an examination board and a programme committee. The coordinator of the Master's Programme in Oncology is official secretary of both boards.

The programme committee advises the executive board of the VUmc and the educational director about the contents of the Master’s Programme and the quality of execution.
The examination board decrees norms concerning admission of students, it makes sure that bachelors comply with the commencing norms, it decrees norms concerning examination of different disciplines and it looks over the results of examinations, placements and the Master Thesis. Furthermore, the examination board evaluates the combinations of optional courses and placements of each individual student. All compulsory and optional courses are coordinated by different course instructors. General information about organisation, education, research and patient's care within VUmc can be found on the website of the VUmc,

Dr. Marjan M. van Duist
Coordinator Master's Programme in Oncology
Telephone: +31 (0)20 444 63 45

Visiting address:
Van der Boechorststraat 7
Room: MF/D-239

Summary of norms and guidelines for participation in items to be examinated

Compulsory courses
All students of the Master's Programme in Oncology have to attend the compulsory Courses of the programme.
If more study places are available, students of other Master’s programmes can attend the course, providing that they meet the entry requirements.

Optional courses
Via this catalogue and the blackboard site “Communication site Master Oncology” optional courses will be announced. For registration students can use TISVU. If registration isn’t possible by using TISVU (e.g. external courses), the mode of inscription and corresponding e-mail addresses are indicated on each course description.
Students have to have a written consent of the board of examiners, if they want to attend an optional course other than those announced by the Master's Programme in Oncology. A form can be downloaded for this written consent from the blackboard site “Communication site Master Oncology” (see flow chart, appendix 2). Attending courses without the written consent of the board of examiners will not be registered. Possible financial consequences will be recovered from the student.

Practical training periods and study of literature
The board of examiners has to give its approval of all practical training periods.
Forms and guidelines for practical training periods can be downloaded from the blackboard site “Communication site Master Oncology” (see flow chart, appendix 3 and 4). Unapproved practical training periods will not be registered by the educational secretarial office. Possible financial consequences will be recovered from the student.
The same regulation consists for the approval of studies of literature. The extensive norms for practical training periods and studies of literature board is pointed out in chapter 5 of this catalogue.

Availability of course programmes
Programmes of compulsory courses will be announced via the blackboard site
“Communication site Master Oncology”.

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