Graduate entry program in medicine

Are you interested in both medicine and research?

Then VUmc Zigma might be a good fit for you. VUmc Zigma is our four year graduate entry program in medicine with focus on research. VU University Medical Center established this program in 2012 in order to train a small group of talented students to become doctors with a strong research profile. When you enter the program you will start with a first preparatory year to acquire medical knowledge and skills, followed by three years of the VUmc Master’s program with an extended research internship and clinical rotations.

Experience VUmc as a research university

In the program you will be offered workshops, courses and will receive training in a variety of research skills since these are characteristic for VUmc Zigma. Are you eager to perform research and to obtain your PhD-degree? VUmc Zigma encourages you to start your PhD research during your Master’s program.

Everybody with a keen interest in medicine as well as in medical scientific research is more than welcome to apply. You will be admitted to participate in our selection procedure if you have obtained a degree other than a bachelor of medicine, such as a bachelor or if applicable a master degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or liberal arts and sciences. Please note that the graduate entry program in medicine is offered in Dutch only.

Our alumni  find a job easily and are  successfully working as junior doctors, PhD candidates or residents.


If you have any questions about the graduate entry program, please contact us through the following email address: 


Language of instruction
4 years (1 preparatory year and 3 year Master's program)
Application deadline
from mid November to mid January
Start date
Study type
Field of Interest
Health and Movement