Cardiovascular Research

This study guide contains information on the Cardiovascular Research Master Programme organised by VUmc school of medical sciences for the academic year 2014-2015. This guide provides you with general information about the aim of the programme and the structure of the course components. Specific information regarding admission, planning, interim examinations, student facilities and all necessary forms can be found on the website of VUmc School of Medical Sciences.

Aim of the study programme
Every day, more than 100 people die of cardiovascular diseases in the Netherlands. To reduce this number of casualties, more scientific research focusing on the pathophysiology and treatment of cardiovascular disease is warranted. The Cardiovascular Research Master aims to train (bio)medically oriented bachelors and related bachelors in life sciences to become masters with in depth knowledge, attitudes and skills in the field of cardiovascular research. Duration of the programme is two years (120 European Credits (EC)). The master programme is composed of compulsory courses, optional courses, an academic coure, a study of literature and two practical training periods (minor and major internships, 63 credits in total). Cardiovascular research is interdisciplinary by nature and flourishes by the collaboration between clinical researchers and basic scientists. This interdisciplinary approach is a key element of the programme.

VU medical center has identified cardiovascular research as one of its core research areas. This programme forms the perfect start for a career in cardiovascular research. Teaching within the Cardiovascular Research Master programme is mainly provided by staff members of the Institute for Cardiovascular Research.

Course information
The Cardiovascular Research Master programme consists of:

emptyempty Year 1

Pathophysiology of heart and circulation6September
Clinical aspects of heart and circulation6October
Vascular Function and metabolic disease6November
Remodelling of the circulatory system6December
Writing scientific English3February -June
Academic core3Academic year
Minor internship21-27February- June


Year 2

Optional courses15September
Literature study9October
Master’s Thesis 33-42February – June


For more information please contact:
Dr. Edwin Kanters
Coordinator of the Cardiovascular Research Master
Telephone: 020-4445895

Student service desk:
Students can turn to the Student Service Desk with general questions about the graduation, registration for courses and examinations, registration of grades and schedules. 
Van der Boechorststraat 7, Room: MF A-114

Summary of requirements and guidelines for participation

Compulsory courses
All students of the Cardiovascular Research Master have to attend the compulsory courses of the programme. If a particular course can have more participants, students of other Master’s programmes can attend the course, providing that they meet the entry requirements of the programme.

Optional courses
Students need to have consent of the examination board, if they want to attend an optional course. An online form needs to be used, this form can be found on the website of the school of medical sciences. Courses attended without the consent of the board of examiners will not be registered. For registration of optional courses students use VUnet. If registration is not possible by using VUnet (e.g. external courses), the mode of inscription and the e-mail addresses that need to be contacted are indicated in each course description.

Internships and study of literature
The examination board has to give its approval of all internships and the literature study. Forms and guidelines can be found on the faculty website. Unapproved internships will not be registered by the educational secretarial office. The corresponding course codes for minor and major internship and literature study are, respectively: M_CMINORI09, M_CMAJORI09 and M_CLITSTU09. 

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