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 Neuroscience and Cognition if you hold a Bachelor's degree of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences and can demonstrate:
- A relevant Bachelor’s degree
Bachelor’s programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:
- Biologie en Medisch Laboratoriumonderzoek (Life Sciences)
- Other relevant science programme
- 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*
*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
- 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 cognition.
- A broad interest in understanding normal and pathological brain functions.
- Relevant extracurricular activities
English language requirements
As a graduate from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences you do not have to fulfill any extra language requirements for this programme.
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. If you have received a (conditional) letter of acceptance, we expect you to accept or decline the offer within two weeks.
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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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.
Early admission for scholarships (deadline February 1)
If you would like to be considered for an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship or Holland Scholarship, or need an early admissions decision in order to apply for other scholarships, you should submit your full and complete application (including application fee payment) before February 1.
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, 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.