Admission and Application

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Entry requirements

This is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Drug innovation if you can demonstrate:

1. A relevant bachelor degree

Bachelor programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Molecular life sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacy/College of Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Other relevant Life Sciences programmes

2. Relevant knowledge, insight and skills

In depth (level Bachelor year 3) knowledge, insight and mastery of methods and techniques in:

  • biochemistry, biotechnology and cell biology;
  • pharmacology (including pharmacokinetics);
  • organic chemistry and analytical techniques; and
  • anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology

3. High overall score (GPA, average grade, grading tables) and high grades for relevant courses*.

A GPA ≥3 or average grade ≥7, is used as the standard requirement*

4. High level of academic competences, specifically:

  • Time to degree in previous education*
  • The ability to design, carry out and report on research projects

*If you fail to meet some of the requirements under 3-4, please indicate why you feel you are still eligible for admission in your motivation letter.

5. Personal competences

  • A clear motivation for participation in this research Master’s programme
  • Relevant extracurricular activities

6. Oral and written proficiency in English at an advanced level (UU guidelines)


Selection procedure

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 analyses. In some cases you may be asked to participate in an intake interview.

The programme admits a maximum of 48 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. 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. Please note that a placement on the waitinglist can conflict with the deadline for entry visa or residence permit application.

English language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. Please note, it is not necessary to have passed the English test at the time of your application. The results can be submitted later. The following requirements apply*/**:

  • IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing.
  • TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93, institutional scores are not accepted. Please tell ETS to send your original results report to Utrecht University (the TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062).
  • Cambridge Certificate:
    • ​Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE). Minimum score: 176 total, 169 writing
    • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). Minimum score: 180 total, 169 writing

*Exceptions: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you obtained your secondary school diploma and/or Bachelor's degree in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa, or you obtained an IB Diploma or EB Diploma (taught in English).

**Chinese students have to take the IELTS or TOEFL test.

You can contact the Programme Coordinator with questions about your eligibility.

When to apply

For admission in September (deadline 1 April)

We will start processing applications from 1 October. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The absolute latest date by which we can receive and process your application is 1 April.

Early admission for scholarships (deadline 1 December)

If you need an early admissions decision in order to apply for a scholarship, you should submit your full and complete application (including application fee payment) before 1 December (you can then apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship or the Holland Scholarship until 1 February).

Complete your application in time!

When applying online, you are asked to upload a number of documents. Please submit your application with all required documents well before the latest date of application. If your file is incomplete and/or your application fee has not been paid at that time, we will be unable to consider your application.

When can you expect a decision?

After you submit your application, the International Student Admissions (ISA)  will check whether you have sent in all the documentation required, paid your application fee and your application is indeed complete. If so, you will receive notification that your file will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. You can expect a decision within six weeks after the application deadline.

Application procedure

The following steps will help you submit a complete application for this programme:

  1. Check the entry requirements for this Master’s programme.
  2. Apply in a timely manner, preferably well before the deadline; see ‘When to apply’.
  3. Download the Instructions for applying to a Master’s programme.
  4. Go to Studielink and complete the online application.
  5. You will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application, where you can upload the required documents and pay the application fee (if applicable). In OSIRIS Online Application you can also check the status of your application.
  6. For applicants from China only: apply for a Nuffic Certificate.

If you are conditionally accepted, you will be asked to send certified hard copies of your diploma and transcript to International Student Admissions by post.

Find out more about application and visa, in relation to the coronavirus developments.

Required documents

During the online application process, you will be asked to submit documents that support your application to study at Utrecht University. You will find an overview of these documents below. The underlined forms can be completed on the computer:


Questions about the application procedure?

Please check our FAQ or contact the International Student Admissions.