Short Course On Campus

Twin Research and Human Genetics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11 days
950 EUR/full
950 EUR/full
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Twin Research and Human Genetics course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam puts you at the forefront of these exciting and important developments.


Twin Research and Human Genetics course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  focuses on twins to explore the interplay of genes and environment in determining behaviour, lifestyle, and health. Uniquely, you will gain hands-on access to the world-renowned Netherlands Twin Register at VU Amsterdam – one of the largest longitudinal databases of its kind.

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

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

Programme Structure

Course content

  • The 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 will train you in working with twin data and information from genomics and epigenetics. You will learn how to collect material on behaviour and health and how to use molecular data to better understand the path from genetics to medicine.


All students and professionals interested in the rapidly evolving field of human genetics, especially those aspiring to join its international research community. This summer school is also a good introduction to the research master Genes in Behaviour and Health.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 11 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Early Bird Deadline: 15 March




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor and Master students, PhD candidates and professionals are welcome to apply. The course is especially recommend for those with an interest in twin research and human genetics.
  • It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    950 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 950 EUR for the full programme during 11 days.
  • EU/EEA

    950 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 950 EUR for the full programme during 11 days.
  • VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner: €650 
  • Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam: €500
  • Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam : €950
  • Professionals: €1150 

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.


If you have been accepted to VU Amsterdam Summer School and have paid the tuition fee, but due to unforeseen circumstances need to cancel, the following refunds will be given:

  • Cancellation before 1 May: 100% of total fee will be refunded
  • Cancellation before 1 June: 50% of total fee will be refunded
  • Cancellation after 1 June: no refund will be given
Costs such as travel arrangement will not be refunded. We therefore suggest to wait with booking your travel arrangements until May.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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