Applying for Medical School

Studying Medicine at the University of Amsterdam

Each year, approximately 350 first-year students begin their study of medicine at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The study is characterised by a lot of small-scale, patient-oriented education.

The medical programme

It is required that you speak Dutch fluently if you want to apply for Medical School at the UvA, since all lectures are given in Dutch. 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. 

The number of applicants for medicine exceeds the number of available places (numerus fixus). There is a quota for the number of places. You can be admitted into Medical School via selection.

More information can be found on the Admission and selection page of the UvA (only in Dutch).


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:

  1. Development, reproduction and aging -> human development, divided into three stages of life: "childhood and adolescence ',' maturity 'and' old age ';
  2. Perceiving, thinking and acting -> diseases and problems of the peripheral and central nervous system, sense organs and the locomotor system;
  3. Circulation and interior environment -> diseases and problems of three organ systems, heart, lungs and kidneys;
  4. Regulation and defense -> syndromes and issues surrounding metabolism, hormonal regulation and gastrointestinal tract as well as the themes around defense and infection.

Information about study options, entry requirements, application procedures and the character of the UvABachelor Geneeskunde AMC-UvA (only in Dutch)


The bachelors programme is followed by a master programme of three years. 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.
Information about the Master programme in Medicine at the UvAMaster Geneeskunde AMC-UvA (only in Dutch)


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