Educational Vision

The Physiology department of Amsterdam UMC has an educational mission to inspire students for the science of the fascinating functions and processes of life, namely physiology. We educate students who making a positive contribution to society by applying the crucial knowledge and understanding of physiology in their future profession focused on health and pathology of the human body.

Our strength lies in


We connect at a content level by illustrating the connection between various (bio)medical subjects in a clear and structured manner from a broad perspective. We integrate academic knowledge, skills and attitude into our education, thereby training future-proof (bio)medical professionals who are prepared to deal with changes and solve yet unknown problems.

Moreover, our education is closely linked to professional practice. We provide the necessary context so that students can experience how they will apply the new knowledge as professionals. Where possible, in our education we use activating working methods that resemble a future work situation.

We connect on a social level. Teachers are involved, enthusiastic and work together with students in the learning process.

Our strength lies in 


Our education is of a high academic level because it is closely linked to our high-quality research. We harness our scientific background by incorporating the latest insights in physiology into our teaching. The level of content complexity increases progressively throughout the study.

Our scientific basis also causes us to be open to innovative scientific insights in the field of education. Didactic and pedagogical professionalization is therefore a continuous process within our teaching team. Our education is tailored to recent scientific insights and the current student. We create a challenging and interactive learning environment by using modern educational technologies and innovative teaching models, such as blended learning and activating educational formats. This allows for more time and space in synchronous (physical) education for interaction among students and between students and teachers.

Our strength lies in 


Our teachers are not leaders but guides. Our students take responsibility for their own learning process and individual learning path (ownership). They are (pro)actively committed to developing knowledge, skills and attitude. During the course of their studies, our students can increasingly make choices that suit them (autonomy) while teachers act more and more as supervisors and guides on the student’s unique learning path.

We believe that making mistakes is important for learning. By creating a safe learning environment, we encourage students to share these mistakes with us and each other which  promotes the shared learning process.

Our Educators

Cardiac and skeletal muscle

Thyroid-hormone regulated gene expression in cardiac and skeletal muscle.

Circulation and vasculature

The effect of chronic hypoxia on endothelial cell functions and endothelial cell progenitor differentiation/outgrowth in relation to vascularization of tissue-engineered tissue constructs

Cardiovascular Research Master

For all students looking for a great master program: have a look at:
the Cardiovascular Sciences Master at Amsterdam UMC/UvA

Amsterdam UMC / UvA: Cardiovascular Sciences Master


This track starts with 3 mandatory courses (1 month each), followed by 2 internships and literature review, complemented by max 18 EC elective courses.

The track is embedded in the Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences research institute, so all master students are part of a large community of ~ 1000 researchers including ~ 500 PhD students.

Plenty of opportunities for an excellent research training and challenging internships in Amsterdam and abroad!


For information, contact the coordinators:

Prof dr Peter Hordijk,
Prof dr Vincent Christoffels,

Apply here!
See you in Amsterdam!