• Application Deadline
  • 14 days
    Duration

About

Do twins hold the key to understanding complex human traits and diseases? Can they resolve the age-old debate between nature and nurture? What is determined by our DNA, what comes from our environment? Thanks to recent technological advances, we are closer than ever to explaining where our individual differences come from. Our ability to map human DNA at high resolution in large populations is now enabling us to link genetic variation to traits and disease at the molecular level. 

At the end of this Nature and Nurture - Twin Research and Human Genetics course offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you:

  • Understand and can interpret results from genetic studies of complex human behavioural traits.
  • Understand the current state of human genetics research in a historical perspective and can contribute to discussions about gene-environment interaction.
  • Can analyse genetically informative twin and family data.
  • Understand the assessment and diagnosis of traits and phenotypes.
  • Can work with multiple “-omics” data: genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics (gene expression) and microbiomics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
    • Duration description
      6 July to 20 July
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Uniquely, you gain hands-on access to the world-renowned Netherlands Twin Register at VU Amsterdam – one of the largest longitudinal databases of its kind. Your tutors are scientists closely associated with this core asset, the people who collect the information and work with it on a daily basis to unravel the genetic etiology of a wide range of medical conditions and personal characteristics. 
  • They train you in working with twin data and information from genomics and epigenetics. You learn how to collect material on behaviour and health and how to use molecular data to better understand the path from genetics to medicine. 
  • Naturally, we also cover the theoretical and philosophical background to help you interpret genetic studies, understand effective methods and designs and increase your understanding of complex human traits. 

Audience

All students and professionals interested in the rapidly evolving field of human genetics, especially those aspiring to join its international research community. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

Advanced Bachelor/Master, open to PhD staff and professionals
  • Motivation letter. Please make sure to describe your motivation for the specific course(s) you apply for: Why this topic? How will the course contribute to your future (academic) career?
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a printscreen of your most recent grades is sufficient)
  • Experience with BSc-level statistics and research methods is recommended.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • National Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers  three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship.

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