Application process for applicants with international prior education
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If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team.
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
We strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible and at least a week before the deadline as the registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Additionally, affordable accommodation is scarce in Amsterdam. Although the University of Amsterdam can assist in finding accommodation but cannot give any guarantees regarding housing, early applicants do have a slightly bigger chance in finding a room through the UvA than late applicants.
Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered for admission.
Starting in September EU/EEA students
30 April 23.59 CEST
31 January 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
1. Prior education
- A Bachelor of Science degree or its equivalent in Biology. A Bachelor course in Aquatic Ecology and/or Marine Biology is required for all students. Students without such a Bachelor course can follow a self-tuition course combined with an intake interview before entry into the Master's programme.
- A Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biomedical Sciences, Psychobiology or Future Planet Studies. These programmes may also qualify, but your suitability and knowledge will be assessed prior to admission. In case of deficiencies, following a pre-master's programme of Bachelor courses might be necessary. An interview may be part of the procedure.
2. Grade point average and additional requirements
You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:
- 3.0 (American system)
- 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
- C (ECTS-system)
The GPA is the average of the bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load. Admission, however, will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone.
- 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 or field work) of at least 15 EC. The subject of the Bachelor's thesis must show affinity with, and advanced knowledge of, Marine and/or Aquatic Biology.
3. English language proficiency
Your ability to write and speak in English must be at an academic level. To prove your level of English please provide us with your scores of one of the following tests:
- the TOEFL Test,
- the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS)
- a Cambridge Examination Score (C1 Advanced (CAE) and C2 Proficiency (CPE).
Other tests will not be accepted.
Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a research university and students who successfully finished a full academic programme at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Australia and New Zealand.
For more details about the English language test and required scores, please visit:
Deadlines for English test results
For both non-EU and EU/EEA+Swiss students: the application deadline for the Master programme of your choice will also be the deadline for submitting an English proficiency test result.
In addition: your application will be dealt with when we receive a sufficient English proficiency test result (see English language requirements under the (‘Application and Admission’ page). Our International Admissions Team will keep your application on hold until we have received this test result.
Note that if you want to apply for a scholarship from the UvA other deadlines (may) apply.
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
- Subject of Bachelor’s thesis
- 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. Pay the application fee
If you apply for a master’s programme organized by the Faulty of Science of the University of Amsterdam, you first need to pay your application fee in SIS. You can pay your non-refundable €100 application fee by credit card (Master or Visacard) or iDEAL.
Only after paying the fee, can you start your application in DataNose. It is not possible to start an application without paying the application fee.
Note that it can take up to 24 hours for your fee payment to be registered in SIS and you are able to submit your application in Datanose. Make sure to pay your application fee in time and at least 72 hours before the application deadline of your programme.
The following applicants are exempt for paying the application fee:
- If you have of will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university or university of applied sciences (HBO);
- If you have the Dutch or Surinamese nationality;
- If you have already applied and have paid the application fee for another master’s programme at the UvA for the academic year 2024-2025;
- If you have started a UvA master’s programme in the 2021, 2022 or 2023 academic year.
- If you apply for a master’s programme at the Interfacultaire Lerarenopleidingen (ILO), Faculty of Dentistry or Faculty of Medicine;
- If you are an exchange student;
- If you are applying through the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF) and/or have an official refugee status in the Netherlands (as shown on your residence permit);
Please direct all your questions about the payment of the application fee to the Central Student Service Desk.
6. 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 high school grade list and diploma
- A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript in Dutch, English, German or French and in the original language, including an explanation of your university’s grading system.
- A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate in Dutch, English, German or French and in the original language. If you have not finished your current academic programme yet, a list of courses of your final year
- A description of your Bachelor thesis/project in English (if applicable)
- Two email addresses of referees. Please make sure they are notified and available for contact via email. We need to receive the reference letters within two weeks after submitting your application. In addition, no reference letters will be accepted/dealt with after the application deadline.
- Proof of English proficiency
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 an international degree student, please contact the International Team.
7. 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. We strive to process each application within 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
8. 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 International Team.
9. 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.
10. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
You will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing.
After your (conditional) admission you will receive information by means of email on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit, if needed.
11. Request student ID card
A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.