Degree from a Dutch research university
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 Cancer, Stem cells and Developmental Biology if you hold a Bachelor's degree of a Dutch research university and can demonstrate:
- A relevant Bachelor’s degree
UU Bachelor’s programmes that most likely meet the requirements
- Biomedical Sciences
- Molecular Life Sciences
- College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- UCU/UCR Bachelor’s with relevant and sufficient science major
Other Bachelor’s programmes that most likely meet the requirements
- Biomedical sciences
- Life Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Other relevant science programme
- Relevant knowledge, insight and skills
In depth knowledge and insight in the field of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, metabolism, physiology and signal transduction. (advanced Bachelor's level (year 2 and 3))
- Academic performance: overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables), and grades for relevant courses*.
- High level of academic competences, specifically:
- Time to degree in previous education*
- Study progress (grade development over the years)*
- The ability to design, carry out and report on research projects*
- Personal competences
- A clear motivation for participation in this Master’s programme.
- A broad interest in the cancer, stem cells, signalling, developmental biology, gene regulation, and bioinformatics.
- Relevant research experience and extracurricular activities.
- Oral and written proficiency in English at an advanced level (view below).
*If you fail to meet some of the requirements 3-4, please indicate why you feel you are still eligible for admission in your motivation letter
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 40 students each year. If the number of selected candidates exceeds the number of available places, the Admissions Committee will select only the highest ranking candidates. As a consequence, students who are eligible may not be admitted. Ranking takes place based on the entry requirements. In addition, an intake interview in English may be conducted to establish your eligibility.
You will receive a written notification of the decision of the Admissions Committee. You will also be notified when you are placed on a waiting list. Applicants are notified in a timely manner; however, applicants are not notified at the exact same time.
English language requirements
You are exempt from the English language requirement because you obtained your previous degree from a Dutch Research University.
You can contact the Programme Coordinator with questions about your eligibility.
Utrecht University is not offering a pre-master's programme for Cancer, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology.
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All deadlines expire at 23:59 [Central European Time] 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 December 1. In addition, please send proof of your scholarship application to the Biomedical Administration Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline (depending on your previous education):
Degree from Utrecht University
Transcript from OSIRIS
Degree from another Dutch Research University
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.
Course information. Please provide a detailed description of coursework in the relevant field of science.
Visit Studielink and complete the registration process. You can find all information on how to use Studielink here. After completing your Studielink application, you will receive login details for OSIRIS online application within 2 working days.Apply via Studielink
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 and check the status of your application.
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.