Prospective students with a Dutch diploma
You are, in principle, directly admissible if you have one of the diplomas below:
- Dutch vwo diploma, new style, with the subject cluster Nature and Health with physics
- Dutch vwo diploma, new style, with the subject cluster Nature and Technology with biology
Maastricht University (UM) will decide on your admissibility in the following cases:
- old style Dutch vwo diploma (from before 2007)
- a Higher Professional Education (Hoger Beroepsonderwijs (hbo)) propaedeutic diploma
- a bachelor’s degree or an Open University (OU) propaedeutic diploma (if you can demonstrate that your knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology has reached the Dutch vwo level new style).
Prospective students with a non-Dutch diploma
If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma you are - in principle - admissible to this programme. Check on the list of diplomas equivalent to the Dutch vwo-diploma, if this applies to your diploma. If your diploma is not included in this list, it must be evaluated by UM first. UM will decide on your admissibility.
You must also meet the following subject requirements (according to the Dutch vwo diploma level): mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
Additional subject requirements for non-Dutch prospective students
- German ‘Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife’: mathematics, physics, chemistry: As ‘Grundkurs’ up until and including the final year. Biology as “Leistungsfach”;
- Belgian Diploma of Secondary Education: One of the tracks: Greek-Sciences, Latin-Sciences, Modern Languages-Sciences, Sciences-Mathematics;
- International Baccalaureate from Geneva: Mathematics Analysis and Approaches HL or SL or Mathematics Applications and Interpretation HL; Physics and Chemistry SL or HL; Biology HL
- European Baccalaureate: mathematics: written or verbal exams, at least 3 hours/week in the last 2 years; physics and chemistry: written or verbal exams; biology: written or verbal exams, at least 4 hours/week in the last 2 years;
- British A/AS levels, (I) GCSEs and/or AICE: mathematics and physics: GCE A or AS level; chemistry and biology: GCE A-level.
If your diploma or degree differs from those listed above, UM will assess on an individual basis whether you can demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the four compulsory subjects (mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology) and therefore qualify for an exemption (sufficiëntieverklaring) for these subjects. This assessment is based on the attainment aims for final examination in Dutch pre-university education (vwo) in the relevant subject and the national agreements made within CCVX and Boswell Bèta.
Missing subjects (deficiency)
If you already have or will be awarded a Dutch pre-university (vwo new style) or equivalent diploma but do not satisfy the additional requirements for the subjects mathematics, physics, chemistry and/or biology, you must sit an additional examination.
Eliminate missing subjects
The additional examinations for the required subjects will be organised by CCVX and Boswell Bèta. You have to arrange these examinations yourself.
The examinations at CCVX and Boswell Bèta will be conducted both in Dutch and English.
German students can also opt to complete the so-called Vorsemester at the Rheinische Bildungszentrum in Cologne which also eliminates deficiencies in physics, chemistry and biology.
Colloquium doctum: not admissable based on your diploma and at least 21 years old
If you are not admissable based on your diploma and you are at least 21 years old at the start of the study programme, you can still qualify by passing the entrance exam (the so-called colloquium doctum).
FHML does not organise a colloquium doctum exam, but can provide the colloquium doctum statement. To qualify for this statement, you have to proof your command of the English language, physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics on Dutch vwo level new style by means of certificates in these subjects. Please contact sc-ba-bms[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.
As soon as you have passed the exams, you have to upload the certificates in the MyUM portal.
Inform the Student Services Centre (SSC) by email study[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl, attn. the Admission and Registration Office, that you have added the certificates in the MyUM portal.
Applying for a sufficiency check
If in your application is determined that for one or more of the required subject assessment of admissibility is required, you can apply for a sufficiency check.
For the sufficiency check by the Colloquium Doctum Committee, you have to create and submit a separate file for each subject. Then you upload the file(s) in the MyUM portal.
Be aware: deadline for handing in the sufficiency check is 1 June 2021. Requests handed in after this date will not be taken into consideration.
See ‘Procedure for applying for a sufficiency check’ for more information.
Language requirements for English-language bachelor programmes
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English.
Answer the questions below to find out if you meet the language requirements.
Prospective students who received their prior education in a non-EU/EEA country (handling fee)
Prospective students applying for this study programme who received their prior education in a non-EU/EEA country will have to pay a handling fee. More information on this handling fee and how to arrange this payment can be found on the Handling fee page.
(Binding) study advice
At the end of year 1 of the study programme, every student receives advice on whether or not to continue his/her study. This advice is not binding. However, students must obtain a predetermined number of study credits to be admitted to the second year of the programme. The number of credits that must be earned, is documented in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) of each study programme.