Degree from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO)
This page outlines the step-by-step process for completing your application to a Master's programme at Utrecht University. Please read this information thoroughly before starting your application.
This is a selective Master's programme. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Bio inspired innovation if you can demonstrate:
1. A relevant Bachelor's degree
Bachelor's programmes that may meet the requirements are:
- Chemistry with Biology minor
- Pharmaceutical sciences
- Biomedical Sciences
- Natural sciences with Biology minor
- Other relevant science programme
2. Relevant knowledge, insight and skills
- Basic knowledge of Biology (minimum level 1 bachelor)
- Advanced knowledge (level 3 bachelor) of two or more sub-disciplines in the field of Biology, such as molecular and cellular biology, microbiology, plant biology, animal biology and ecology.
3. High overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables) and high grades for relevant courses.
A GPA ≥ 3.5 or average grade ≥ 7.5, is used as the standard requirement*.
4. High level of academic competences, specifically:
- Time to degree in previous education*
- The ability to design, carry out and report on research projects
*If you fail to meet some of the requirements under 3-4, please indicate why you feel you are still eligible for admission in your motivation letter.
5. Personal competences
- A clear motivation for participation in this Master's programme
- A strong interest in sustainable development, design and innovation
- Relevant extracurricular activities
English language requirements
You are exempt from the English language requirement because you obtained your previous degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences.
The Admissions Committee reviews all requests for admission and selects students that meet the entry requirements. The Admissions Committee also assesses whether you will be able to successfully complete the Master’s programme within the set time frame. This means the decision on your application is based on a thorough analysis.
The programme admits a maximum of 30 students each year. If the number of selected candidates exceeds the number of available places, the Admissions Committee will select only the most eligible candidates. Ranking takes place on the basis of the above mentioned criteria.
You will receive a written notification of the decision of the Admissions Committee. You will also be notified when you are placed on waiting list and/or if you still have to fulfil certain conditions. All applicants are notified in a timely manner, but not at the exact same time. In some cases you may be obliged to first fulfil a premaster programme. If you have received a (conditional) letter of acceptance, we expect you to accept or decline the offer within two weeks.
If you do not meet the requirements
If you do not meet the entry requirements you might be considered for a tailored Pre-Master's programme . This is for the Admissions Committee to decide.
If deficiencies are found which can be remedied with a course load of 30 EC, you may be eligible for a Pre-Master's programme. The Admissions Committee decides if you can do a Pre-Master’s programme and determines which courses are required in your specific case. This means it is an individual/tailored programme, rather than a fixed set of courses.
Read about the costs of a Pre-Master’s programme (in Dutch).
It is not possible to apply for a Pre-Master's programme. You need to apply according to the regular Master's application procedure. The Admissions Committee can decide to offer you a Pre-Master’s as outcome of your application. In that case you get conditionally admitted for the Master’s programme (under the condition that you first successfully complete the Pre-Master’s programme).
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All deadlines expire at 23:59 [CET/CEST] on the specified date. You must complete the application process (including submitting your application documents in OSIRIS Online Application and paying the application fee) by this time.
If you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for scholarships, you should submit your application before February 1. In addition, please send proof of your scholarship application to the Biosciences Administration Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline:
Diploma or certified graduation statement (with graduation date and without any conditions)
Certified transcript (including courses, grades and GPA)
Please make sure the document has a stamp/signature and contact information of the institute.
Referent contact information. Please provide name, institution, function, address, email, phone number of two academic referents.
After submitting your application to Studielink, you will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application. Here you can upload all required documents, check the status of your application and enter contact details of your referee(s).
After you upload all documents in OSIRIS, the Graduate School will evaluate them. We strive to inform you of our decision within 30 working days after the application deadline.