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Complex health problems call for an interdisciplinary approach. This Master's programme trains you in interdisciplinary research.

Medical science is developing at an ever increasing pace. This results in great improvements to medical care, yet it also gives rise to a wide range of complex social questions and dilemmas. Is the new whooping-cough vaccine better than the old one? Which prescription drugs should insurance companies reimburse? Is genetically modified food bad for you? Does society want cloned animals, or even 'designer babies'?

Providing the best possible answers to these questions calls for synergy between several disciplines and actors in society, from the government, industry and social institutions to consumers and patients. The Master's in Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences (MPA for short) anticipates these needs: it offers the ideal opportunity to specialize in this fascinating area where a whole range of disciplines meet.

As well as building on the scientific background you acquired during your Bachelor's studies, you will broaden your knowledge and skills in disciplines such as policy studies, sociology, management studies, and science, technology and society studies.


diplomaMSc Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences
typeregulier, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

There is no other programme in MPA.

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opbouwThe Master's in MPA is a two-year programme worth 120 ECTS. The programme is in English unless all the participants are Dutch-speakers, in which case it will be taught in Dutch. The programme consists of the following components:

Compulsory courses (33 ECTS)
Optional courses (12 ECTS)
Science course (6 ECTS)
Two internships (60 ECTS in total)
Thesis (9 ECTS)
1e jaar First year students start the Master's programme with three compulsory courses, followed by a number of optional courses or a science course from another Master's programme. They then go on to do their first-year internship.
Analysis of governmental policy
Clinical Trials and Clinical Development
Communication Organisation and Management
Ethics in Life Sciences
Literature thesis
Qualitative and quantitative research methods
Research internship stage
Business Management in the Health and Life Sciences keuzevak
Containment Strategies of Infectious Diseases keuzevak
Containment Strategies of Infectious Diseases keuzevak
Disability and Development keuzevak
Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences keuzevak
Health, Globalization and Human Rights keuzevak
International Comparative Analysis of Health Care Systems keuzevak
Management of Corporate Social Responsibility keuzevak
Policy, Politics and Participation keuzevak
Science and Communication keuzevak
Science Communication through Museums keuzevak
Science in Dialogue keuzevak
Science in Dialogue keuzevak
Science Journalism keuzevak
2e jaar Second-year students take a combination of compulsory courses and optional courses designed to deepen knowledge of certain areas. Your choice will depend on your interests and the focus of your internship.
Internship afstuderen
Managing Science and Technology in Society


track Health & Life sciences-based Communication

Students with this specialisation have developed the skills necessary to behave professionally at the interface between science and society.

Communication about science issues takes place not only between peers but also between scientists and 'end users' like the general public. This makes it a complex and dynamic field of research and practice; e.g. patient participation in health research, the use and effects of media metaphors and hypes, and public understanding of emergent technologies. The graduate with this specialization has a theoretical understanding of the complex problems that arise during such communication processes and has developed the skills necessary to behave professionally at this interface in an attempt to enhance communication outcomes between actors in science and society.

track Health and Life Sciences-Based Management and Entrepreneurship

This specialization equips the graduate with insight into the management process of translating scientific knowledge to societally relevant innovations in the health and life sciences

Relevant theories on management, leadership, finance and law are discussed. The graduate is able to develop and critically assess business plans and has acquired skills in relevant scientific data collection methods and analytical tools.

track International Public Health

This graduate acquires a wide-ranging insight into current and future challenges in international public health, their main causes, and applied and potential interventions.

S/he obtains special knowledge on relevant concepts from various disciplines (including epidemiology, policy science, anthropology, management studies, biomedical sciences and health sciences). S/he has the ability to conduct scientific research in the field of international public health, addressing challenges and critically assessing the results of research. S/he acquires knowledge of current theory and the key research questions in this field and insight into its scientific and social relevance.

track Health and Life Sciences-Based Policy

This specialization equips the graduate with insight into theories and strategies to address societal issues through governmental policy at various levels.

Special knowledge and understanding are obtained in the discipline of policy analysis. Various forms of 'governance' and interactive policy-making in particular are discussed. In addition, the student acquires skills in data collection methods: from various written and digital sources to interviews and focus group sessions. Ultimately, the student is independently able to facilitate group processes for interactive policy-making and to apply various analytical tools to structure the multidisciplinary data towards strategically designed recommendations.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet15% zelfstudie
25% theorie
60% praktijk
case studies, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, stage, computer opdrachten, onderzoek, tentoonstelling, onderzoeksproject, excursie, onderzoeksvoorstel, werkcollege, hoorcollege, werkgroep, groepsopdracht, workshop, groepsdiscussie, poster presentatie, zelf-evaluatie, individuele opdracht, zelfstudie, project, seminar
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 18 EC in de eerste 6 maanden

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend


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Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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