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Application and admission

For applicants with Dutch prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with Dutch prior education

Contact details Education Desk

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the Education Desk

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.

    Start your application procedure on time

    Registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Therefore, we strongly recommend to start the application procedure at least a week before the deadline.

    Deadlines

    Starting in September

    31 May 23.59 CEST

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship 

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To be eligible for the Medical Biology tracks of the Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences or Psychobiology or equivalent from a Dutch or foreign university.

    Additional requirements

    • a bachelor’s Grade Point Average (GPA) of 6.5 or higher (according to the Dutch grading system). The GPA is the average of the bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.
    • advanced knowledge in Molecular and Cellular biology.  
    • you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree with a maximum delay of one year
    • you must have completed a Bachelor's Thesis (experimental work) of at least 15 ECTS credits. The subject of the Bachelor's thesis must show affinity with the track and/or cluster of your choice.  

    Furthermore, the track Infection and Immunity requires advanced (2nd and 3rd year BSc level) knowledge in immunology.

    Selection criteria

    Up to, but no more than,  240 students are admitted to the Master’s Programme Biomedical Sciences. If more than the maximum number of candidates are found suitable, candidates will be selected on (in random order):

    • Study programme
    • GPA score
    • Study progress Bachelor’s programme
    • Subject of Bachelor’s thesis
    • Motivation

    Requirements for applied sciences Bachelor’s degree students (HBO)

    The programme is also open - with certain restrictions - to students with a Bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO) in Biomedical Sciences or a related area.

    Detailed knowledge of chapters 2-8 and 10-14 of "The Cell" (Aberts 5th Edition) is a pre-condition. This can be examined during an intake interview. The individual student's motivation is also a key consideration. A reference check could also be part of the intake procedure, students are therefore asked to provide contact information of internship supervisors. 

    There is no schakelprogramma (pre-Master's programme) available.

    Admission during COVID-19

    In exceptional cases, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. The study delay must be COVID-19 related and concern courses from the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year (February through June 2020). For information on how to submit your request for admission with study delay, check under Step 8.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.

    Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of all academic transcripts into one PDF.

    In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:

    1.  A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2.  Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3.  A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript
    4.  A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have  not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    5.  A description of your Bachelor thesis/project

    Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can’t add any more documents after submitting. Only your English scores can be sent in later.

    If you have any questions about the required documents as a student with a Dutch degree, please contact the Education Desk.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8).  You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the Education Desk.

  • 8. Request for admission with study delay

    Between 1 July and 31 August you can submit your request for admission to the Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s in DataNose (link available below). To submit this request, you should meet all the requirements listed below. In addition, you should have completed all the exams and resits in your Bachelor’s programme and know for sure that you cannot complete your Bachelor’s before 1 September. If there is still a possibility you might complete your Bachelor’s on time, please wait with submitting your request. You will need to complete any missing courses during the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Please note: in order to complete your Bachelor’s you will have to re-enroll in your Bachelor’s programme! 

    Admission requirements with unfinished Bachelor’s

    • You have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and Datanose before the deadline
    • You have received a (conditional) offer of admission to the Master’s programme
    • The deficiency in your Bachelor’s programme does not exceed 15 ECTS. This may comprise courses and/or your Bachelor’s thesis (or project), or:
    • The deficiency in your Bachelor’s programme is between 15-30 ECTS, including your Bachelor’s project/thesis

    If you wish to make use of the option to start your Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s degree, you will need to seriously consider the overall achievability of your combined study programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to make provisions for any overlaps in planning concerning exams, classes, etc.

    This regulation applies to Dutch and international students who want to start their Master’s at the UvA in September 2020 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme at the UvA in 2019-2020, or in a Bachelor’s at another university.

    How to submit your request

    • Go to https://datanose.nl/#enrolmaster 
    • Check the tab ‘Master enrolment’ for your enrolment status
    • Below ‘Actions’ you’ll see a button for submitting your request with study delay
    • The Central Student Administration will inform you per email whether your request for admission has been granted or not. The decision will also become available in DataNose under ‘enrolment status’ in the tab ‘Master enrolment’.
  • 9. Submit certified documents

    If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.

  • 10. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. After admission, you will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.