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
If the UvA needs to assist with applying for a residence permit, we strongly advise you to apply before 30 April.
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.
Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered for admission.
Starting in September
30 April 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 track Freshwater and Marine Biology of the Master's programme Biological Sciences, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology, or its equivalent.
- You have obtained your Bachelor’s degree within one year after the end of the nominal period of that programme
- 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, and advanced knowledge of, Biological Sciences.
- You must have advanced (2nd and 3rd year BSc level) knowledge in Marine or Aquatic Biology.
Up to, but no more than, 110 students are admitted to the Master’s Programme as a whole. 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
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'.
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.
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:
- A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
- Your Curriculum Vitae in English
- A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript
- 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)
- A description of your Bachelor thesis/project
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 then do check your DataNose application. The link in your checklist gives you all required information about the verification of your previous education.
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.
10. Pay the tuition fee
In order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA you will need to pay the tuition fee.