Regular programme

Studying at the AMC-UvA

Bachelor programme
In the Bachelor programme much attention is paid to current and future medical developments. This means lots of geriatric medicine, community medicine and family medicine. Here, the Faculty uses different and innovative teaching methods, such as team-based learning and digital education.

The bachelor programme is 3 years. In future during the second semester of the second year English taught courses will become available to exchange students.


The programme is structured according to four themes. These themes come back every year. In each theme a patient and his/her disease is presented centrally. Throughout the entire curriculum there is a focus on academic skills (reading research and research), and professional development.

The themes:
Development, reproduction and aging -> human development, divided into three stages of life: "childhood and adolescence ',' maturity 'and' old age ';

Perceiving, thinking and acting -> diseases and problems of the peripheral and central nervous system, sense organs and the locomotor system;

Circulation and interior environment -> diseases and problems of three organ systems, heart, lungs and kidneys;

Regulation and defense -> syndromes and issues surrounding metabolism, hormonal regulation and gastrointestinal tract as well as the themes around defense and infection.

For more information: Bachelor Geneeskunde AMC-UvA (only in Dutch)

Master programme
The master programme consists of a research elective of at least 16 weeks and a two-year training - 'internships' - in- and outside of the AMC.
The AMC-UvA is the first faculty that has drastically adjusted its internship's curriculum to the demands of our present-day society - both in social and scientific respect. During the internships the intensity of supervision gradually decreases as the student's independent handling and responsibility increases. The focus at this stage clearly is on professional attitude training and communication with patients and colleagues. After all internships have been satisfactorily completed, the student becomes Doctor of Medicine (MD).

Studying medicine in the regular program
The number of applicants for medicine exceeds the number of available places (numerus fixus). There is a quota for the number of places open to foreigners. This means that one's chances of getting in are extremely small.
Once past the numerus fixus hurdle, the application goes on to a placement committee, which determines where the prospective student may study. The student may indicate a preference for a particular university, but the final decision will be made by the placement committee.

It is required that you speak Dutch fluently if you want to take a regular course in the Netherlands. Information about study options, entry requirements, application procedures and the character of the Universiteit van Amsterdam can be found on the Internet at www.ribiz.nl (only in Dutch)

Methods of teaching
Several methods of teaching are being used, with much active small group training. Emphasis is placed on independent learning. Each block is completed by an examination.
All lectures are given in the Dutch language, so that exchange students can only follow these courses if they have a good knowledge of the Dutch language.