Pre-med track at AUC

AUC's curriculum includes a 'Health and Well-being' theme that intends to support students who would like to go on to study at postgraduate programmes in the health and life sciences. In particular, AUC in collaboration with the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (Amsterdam UMC, the former AMC and VUmc) has developed a so-called "pre-med track" for those students who would like to enter a (Dutch) medical Master's programme after graduating from AUC. The pre-med track consists of eight courses in the medical sciences, which cover subjects relevant for admission to the medical Master's programmes of VUmc and AMC (see minimum exam requirements below).

AUC pre-med courses

100 Level:

The Human Body I

Introduction to Health & Well-being

200 level:

Hormones and Homeostasis

The Human Body II


Metabolic Biochemistry

Molecular Cell  Biology

300 Level:

Infectious Diseases

After completion of the AUC pre-med track, students will be eligible to apply to either the VUmc or AMC medical master programme. Please note that the entrance requirements for both medical master programmes are highly selective and competitive, so although AUC graduates will be eligible there is no guarantee they will get a place.

General admission criteria for the medical master programme at VUmc or AMC include:

  • Legal high school requirements (Dutch N&T, N&G or equivalent)
  • International students: NT2 Dutch language proficiency
  • BSc degree (AUC degree; pre-med track)
  • Entrance exam*
  • Interview

*Minimum Exam Requirements:

  • Physiology of heart, kidneys and lungs
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Metabolism (carbohydrate, protein, fatty acid)
  • Anatomy and Embryology
  • Histology
  • Infection and Immune system
  • Hormonal Regulations

(see also AUC pre-med courses above)

For further information on other postgraduate programmes in the health and life sciences at the VU and UvA for which AUC students will also be eligible, we recommend that you visit their websites (see links below).

Published by  Amsterdam University College

8 January 2019