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Master Biomedical Sciences: Neurobiology tracks

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.

    Deadlines

    Starting in September

    30 April 23.59 CEST

    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.

    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.

    Read more about UvA Scholarships

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    To be eligible for the Neurobiology tracks of the Master's programme in Biomedical Sciences, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology or Biomedical Sciences.

    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 Neurobiology.    
    • you must have obtained the Bachelor's degree within 4 years
    • 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.  

    Depending on the specialisation track you choose you need to have (some) advanced level of knowledge (2nd or 3rd year BSc) of:

    • Molecular Biology for the Molecular Neuroscience track
    • Neurophysiology for the Cellular and Network Neuroscience track
    • Neurobiology and brain disorders for the Psychopharmacology and Pathophysiology track
    • Neuroscience for the Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology track

    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.

    The individual student's motivation is also a key consideration. There is no schakelprogramma (pre-Master's programme) available.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink (PDF)

    Important! While selecting the Master’s programme of your interest in Studielink, make sure to select the regular programme (option 1). Do not select option 2 (after a temporary termination of enrolment) or option 3 (elective) if you are a degree seeking student. You can select the track of your interest later on in DataNose.

    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

    Datanose

    Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can't add any 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. 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.

  • 9. 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.