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 Nanomaterials 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 and 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:

  • a sound basic knowledge and practical skills in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry;  in particular skills and knowledge of at least three out of the following subjects: Physical Chemistry (classical and statistical thermodynamics), Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry, Spectroscopy and structural analysis, Advanced organic chemistry combined with practical skills and Quantum Chemistry or Applied Density Functional Theory
  • the ability to work independently as well as in groups on solving chemical  problems, to present the results of solving problems and to read (English) chemistry literature at the level of graduate textbooks;
  • the ability of writing a research report in English, such as a bachelor thesis. The report and the work must be assessed with good grades.

Bachelor programmes that most likely meet the requirements are:

  • A BSc degree with a major in chemistry or materials science.
  • A major in science with a strong component in chemistry.

Students with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences are only eligible for admission when they have passed successfully a tailor-made premaster’s programme of a maximum of 30 credits.  See Pre-Master’s programme for more information.

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 analysis. An interview may be part of the admission procedure.

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.

English language requirements

As a graduate from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences you do not have to fulfil any extra language test requirements for this programme.

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

When to apply

For admission in September (deadline 1 June)

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 June. 

For admission in February (deadline 15 October)

We will start processing applications from 1 July. We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The absolute latest date by which we can receive and process your application is 15 October. 

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 final date of application. If your file is incomplete at that time, we will be unable to consider your application.

When can you expect a decision?

After you submit your application, the Admissions Office will check/evaluate your qualifications and whether 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 twenty working days after you receive this notification.

Application procedure


  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. 
    Please note: if you are registered with a Dutch municipality, you will need to log in using a DigiD. Applying for a DigiD takes five working days.
  5. You will receive an email with login details for OSIRIS Online Application, where you can upload the required documents. In OSIRIS Online Application you can also check the status of your application.

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. Please note that all documents must be submitted in English.

  • 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.