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 History and Philosophy of Science if you hold a bachelor degree of a Dutch University of Applied sciences and can demonstrate a high level of knowledge and command of methods & skills in the relevant field.
Additionally we consider:
- Motivation and talent (also on the basis of average grade and past studies progress);
- General high level of professional and intellectual ability;
- Command of the English language (see below).
Specifically, you should possess:
- solid basic knowledge in one academic discipline with demonstrable interest in history and/or philosophy of the sciences and/or the humanities, for instance demonstrated by successfully completed courses in HPS of 10-15 credits and a motivation letter;
- the ability to work independently in writing a thesis as well as in groups during the courses;
- the skills to write essays and a thesis in English on an academic level (as demonstrated by a writing sample).
HBO students are eligible for the HPS master’s programme when they have shown an interest in the HPS field by successfully completion of courses in the HPS field. A premaster of at most 30 credits is possible and will be tailored by the programme director dependent on the student’s prior knowledge. The premaster’s programme should be finished (i.e. all courses passed) before entry to the HPS programme is allowed.
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.
You will receive a written notification of the decision of the Admissions Committee. You will be notified if you still have to fulfill certain conditions. In some cases you may be obliged to first complete a Pre-Master’s programme.
Contact the Programme Coordinator with questions about your eligibility.
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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.
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.
A writing sample in English of your work, such as (part of) a paper, report, thesis etc. on a topic in history or philosophy of science. If a sample in English in unavailable, please translate a few representative pages into English.
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 20 working days.
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.