Application and admission

Brain and Cognitive Sciences (MSc)

Please first consult the entry requirements via the link in the left column and then select the appropriate application procedure below.

All students who would like to apply to a programme at the University of Amsterdam will need to start their application process by registering in Studielink. Studielink is the national online registration system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university. On information how to register in Studielink see the link below.

Application file submission international students

International applicants need to apply via the international office, see the link below for specific information on the application file procedure for international students. Further below you can find the general procedure after submission of the application file.

Application file submission Dutch students

Dutch applicants can follow the procedure in the link below for submitting their application file.


General application procedure (same for Dutch and International students):

After receiving the application files the Board of Examiners will assess the applications based on the entry requirements:

  1. Previous Academic Education
  2. Grades
  3. Motivation
  4. References
  5. Extra curricular activities
  6. Academic English speaking and writing skills
  7. Overall impression (such as interest in research, interdisciplinary focus etc.)

Based on the assessment of the application files, applicants will be divided into three groups

  • those who will be directly accepted
  • those who will be invited for a selection interview*
  • those who will be directly rejected

* All suitable international applicants will be invited for a selection interview (skype) as part of our standard procedure

Selection interview

Applicants may be invited to an admission interview with the programme manager. This interview is used to determine students' motivation, academic potential and progress and ambition. The programme manager and the Board of Examiners consult to determine whether the student is suited for admission to the Research Master's programme in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. For international students, the selection interview is an obligatory part of the application procedure.

Deadline application

  • Non-EU/EEA students are advised to apply before 1 February
  • EU/EEA students are advised to apply before 1 March
  • The ultimate deadline for all applicants is 1 April


  • If you wish to apply for a UvA scholarship: non-EU/EEA students are advised to apply before 15 January (for example for the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship and Amsterdam Merit Scholarship), EU/EEA students are advised to apply before 1 March (for example for the Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship).
  • If you wish to apply for housing: we advise you to apply as early as possible. Unfortunately the University of Amsterdam cannot give any guarantees regarding housing (not even for early applicants), because there is an increase in the number of international students and a shortage in available accommodation.

In case you cannot submit the necessary documents on time, please contact us through the email address below.

Published by  Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

2 November 2017