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Master
Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences (track)
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Application and admission

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with international prior education

Contact details International Team
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, 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.

    Deadlines

    Starting in September EU/EEA students

    30 April  23.59 CEST

      Non-EU/EEA students

    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

    To be eligible for the track Green Life Sciences of the Master's programme Biological Sciences, you must hold a Bachelor's degree in Biology or its equivalent.

    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)

    Admission, however, will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone.

    Additional requirements

    • 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 Molecular and Cellular Biology.

    Selection criteria 

    Up to, but no more than, 110 students are admitted to the Master’s Programme Biological Sciences 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
    • Motivation

    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 Dutch 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.

    Please be informed that the application file from students who need a visa will be put on hold until we receive a sufficient English proficiency test.

    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.

    Deficiencies in your skills and knowledge?

    All students go through an admissions procedure in which gaps in the students' knowledge and skills are identified. If necessary, students must be willing to study extracurricular course material, depending on their background, before starting the track.

  • 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 high school grade list and diploma
    4. 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.
    5. 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
    6. A description of your Bachelor thesis/project in English (if applicable)
    7. Two email addresses of referees. Please make sure they are notified and available for contact via email
    8. Proof of English proficiency 

    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 an international degree student, please contact the International Team.

  • 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 International Team.

  • 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. 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. 

  • 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. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.