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 Environmental Biology if you can demonstrate:
1. A relevant bachelor degree
Bachelor programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:
- Life sciences
- Other relevant science programme
2. Relevant knowledge, insight and skills
- Basic knowledge in the field of Biology (minimum level 1 bachelor)
- Sufficient knowledge in biostatistics
- In depth knowledge (level 3 bachelor), insight and mastery of methods and techniques in ecology (track Ecology & natural resources management), plant physiology or molecular aspects of plant biology (track Plant biology), microbiology (track Fungal biology) and/or behavioural biology (track Behavioural ecology).
- A good match with the programme as a whole: based on your interest and eligibility (eg: clear motivation and relevant previous education) for all indicated tracks.
3. Academic performance
Overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables), and grades for relevant courses.
4. High level of academic competences*, specifically:
- Time to degree in previous education
- The ability to design, carry out and report on research projects
5. Personal competences
- A clear motivation for participation in this Master’s programme
- Relevant extracurricular activities
6. Oral and written proficiency in English at an advanced level (UU guidelines)
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. In some cases you may be asked to participate in an intake interview.
The programme admits a maximum of 60 students each year. The Admissions Commitee uses the matching criteria to match your interest and competences to the available places in a specific track. 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 complete a premaster programme.
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Your application is complete when you have (1) fully submitted your OSIRIS application, (2) uploaded all required documents and (3) paid the application fee (if applicable). After the deadline has passed, incomplete applications will be cancelled.
Early admission for scholarships (deadline December 1)
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 Biosciences Administration Office: 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.
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.
If you are admitted, your admission letter will describe the next steps towards enrollment. In most cases your admission is conditional, which means you will have to send additional documents or complete more steps.