Core competences exam [CK070]

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€ 75


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




Students should have completed all core courses: CK010 Study Design, CK020 Biostatistics I, CK030 Biostatistics II, CK040 Clinical Epidemiology, and CK050 Principles of Public Health, as well as the required ESP courses.

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In order to stimulate students to combine the knowledge of different topics and to ensure you have a lasting understanding of the core topics of our field, the core topics of the fall (core) courses are assessed in the combined core competences exam. The core competences exam is a digital multiple choice exam that covers all the core knowledge obtained during the core courses. The aim of this exam is to ensure that students not only master the course objectives when they finish a course, but also master all core competences required as an epidemiologist or quantitative researcher once they graduate from the programme.

This exam is graded pass/fail, with a pass corresponding to a score of 60% or higher. The core topics of the following courses are covered in the core competences exam:

  • CK010 Study Design
  • CK020 Biostatistics I
  • CK030 Biostatistics II
  • CK040 Clinical Epidemiology
  • CK050 Principles of Public Health

The core competences exam is only mandatory for students starting their programme in August 2021 or later.

This course is not eligible for discounts.


Written exam

Reduction on fees

PLEASE NOTE: This does not apply to the fee of the research master programmes (120 EC points)

No fees are charged for  Erasmus MC PhD candidates, provided they have an account in Hora Finita, the Erasmus University PhD registration system. When submitting the application, you can state that someone else pays your tuition fee.

In case of cancellation or no show, the cancellation policy applies based on the full course fee.


25% reduction for all (international) PhD candidates without formal appointment at Erasmus MC

Upon receipt of your application you will receive a request to upload proof of enrollment as a PhD candidate.