Admission requirements

To be considered for our Neuroscience research master program you must meet the following requirements:

  • An academic bachelor’s degree (with a minimum of 180 ECs) in a Life Sciences discipline (see here) including Nanobiology, Bio-engineering;
  • A bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a biological psychology profile, or if you hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sciences and have substantial knowledge of biology*;
  • If you hold an applied bachelor’s degree (HLO) in Biology or in Life Sciences, a minimum GPA of 8 (Dutch EC-system) is required.

*) Biology at least at pre-university (VWO) level.

English proficiency

  • International applicants from countries where English is not the official language and whose Bachelor’s program was not officially taught in English must take a TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge proficiency test. The result of the TOEFL test must be at least 575 (paper based) with partial scores of at least 57, or a score of 232 (computer based) with partial scores of at least 23. The applicant must achieve a minimum score of 90 for the online test with a minimum partial score of 22. The achieved Cambridge proficiency level should be C1. The result of the IELTS test must be at least 6.5 with partial scores of at least 6.0.


  • Demonstrate your specific interest in experimental and applied neuroscience research by describing your academic interest and stating your reasons to apply for our program in a letter of intent/motivation letter.

Several documents are required with  your application and need to be uploaded (please see the checklist).

Selection of applicants

A selection committee will rank all applicants based on their performance in their bachelor’s program, their curriculum vitae and motivation. There will be a parallel ranking for non-EU students. (Financial statement of non-EU students will be part of their ranking.)

The most eligible applicants will be invited for an interview. This interview will be added to your overall competence chart and will be part of the final decision for admission to our research master program. The top 20 applicants of the selection committee will be admitted to our research master program. The other applicants will be on a ranked waiting list. Invited applicants have to make a commitment decision before June 1. Open/newly available positions will be filled by the applicants on the waiting list in order of ranking.

Self-assessment of prior knowledge

The Neuroscience research master program will assume that applicants possess basic knowledge of essential biology, biophysics and mathematics. A self-assessment is designed to help you decide if you meet these essential requirements. We invite you to do our anonymous self-test below and check whether your prior knowledge matches the required level of our program. Your test results are linked to an advice from us, which we hope you will take seriously.

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