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 Neuroscience and Cognition if you hold a Bachelor's degree of a Dutch University and can demonstrate:
- A relevant Bachelor’s degree
Bachelor’s programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Biomedical Sciences
- Veterinary Sciences
- (College of) Pharmaceutical Sciences
- UCU/UCR Bachelor’s with relevant and sufficient Science major
- Relevant knowledge, insight and skills
In depth knowledge and insight in the field of neuroscience and/or cognition.
- 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 and the specific track.
- Genuine research interest in the fundamental principles of neuroscience and/or neuroscience.
- A broad interest in understanding normal and pathological brain functions.
- Relevant 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 60 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. As a consequence, students who are eligible may not be admitted. Ranking takes place based on 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 a waiting list, and/or if you still have to fulfill certain conditions. Applicants are notified in a timely manner; however, applicants are not notified at exactly the 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 Neuroscience and Cognition.
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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.
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: email@example.com.
The following documents must be uploaded before the application deadline (depending on your previous education):
Degree from Utrecht University
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.
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.