Medicine is an educational fixus programme with selection, not everybody who is admissible will also receive a training place.
Medicine is a programme with (additional) admission requirements. Sitting an examination in a certain subject does not mean that you automatically satisfy the statutory prior education and/or additional subject requirements. There are strict requirements concerning number of study hours, content, difficulty of the material dealt with, and examinations completed. Please read all the information on this page carefully.
The total intake capacity at Maastricht is determined each year; in 2018/19 it was 366 students. Of the available training places, 50 are reserved for the Physician-Clinical Investigator Master's programme (A-KO taught in Dutch) and a maximum of 60 places are available for the International Track in Medicine (ITM). The remaining places are intended for the Dutch Bachelor’s programme in Medicine.
Note: All candidates must submit a portfolio, an addendum to the portfolio and a homework assignment when applying. For more information see: 'Admission & registration', step 3.
Prospective students with a Dutch diploma
If you possess one of the diplomas stated below then, in principle, you are directly admissible.
- A new-style vwo diploma with the profile Natuur en Gezondheid (Science and Health) with profile subject Physics
- A new-style vwo diploma with the profile Natuur en Techniek (Science and Engineering) with profile subject Biology
- An OU (Open University) propaedeutic diploma, hbo propaedeutic diploma, hbo degree diploma, university propaedeutic diploma or university degree diploma. Sufficient knowledge at vwo level of the subjects Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics is required.
An old-style vwo diploma no longer gives the right to admission.
Prospective students with a non-Dutch diploma
If you have a non-Dutch diploma that is equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma (Dutch pre-university education), you are in principle admissible to this programme. Check the list of diplomas equivalent to the Dutch vwo diploma to see if this applies to your diploma.
If your diploma is not included in this list, Maastricht University (UM) will first determine whether you are admissible.
Please note: this step will take extra time so it is important to apply early, preferably before 15 November 2018.
Please be aware that if you register after 15 November 2018, you are taking the risk that the assessment of your admissibility and/or eliminating one (or more) of your deficiencies will not be completed on time. As a result, you may not be able to start the programme in the academic year 2019/20.
Additional requirements subject package future students with a non-Dutch diploma
- 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 SL, Physics SL, Chemistry SL, 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 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, the UM will assess 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 on an individual basis. 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 the Central Commissions Pre-examination (in Dutch: CCVX). The assessment takes extra time, so be sure to register for it at the earliest possible date, preferably before 15 November 2018.
Bear in mind that if you register after 15 November 2018, you are at risk that the assessment of your admissibility and/or the definitive schedule for eliminating one (or more) of your deficiencies will not be completed on time. As a result, you may not be able to begin the programme in the 2019/20 academic year.
Note! Sitting an examination in a certain subject does not mean that you automatically satisfy the prior and/or additional education requirements. There are strict requirements concerning number of study hours, content, difficulty of the material dealt with, and examinations completed.
Prospective students who do not meet the prior and/or additional education requirements
If you already have or will be awarded a Dutch pre-university (vwo) or equivalent diploma but do not satisfy the additional requirements for the subjects Biology, Physics, Chemistry and/or Mathematics, you must sit an additional examination. These additional examinations are organised by CCVX (Central Commissions Pre-examination, in Dutch: Centrale Commissies Voortentamens) and/or Boswell/Bèta. You can sit the examinations in either English or Dutch.
Furthermore, applicants who apply for the ITM and who are deficient in one or more subjects can send an email to study[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl for tailored information about, although very limited, additional possibilities to prove their command on the required level of the subject(s) concerned.
Note! If you wish to begin your programme in the 2019/20 academic year, you must have submitted a certificate for all compulsory subjects by 21 January 2019, 16:00 CET OR include a complete and detailed plan stating how you will obtain the relevant certificate/certificates on time in your portfolio (deadline 21 January 2019, 16:00 CET) as well as in the definitive schedule for satisfying the (additional) statutory admission requirements (deadline 29 March 2019, 16:00 CET).
Secondary school students who will receive their first Dutch pre-university (vwo) or one of the explicitly above mentioned equivalent diplomas with required examination courses mid-2019 are not considered deficient. In case of a diploma that will be assessed on individual basis of the UM one or more subject deficiencies may exist. Please have your diploma and subject combination/profile checked in time.
Applying for sufficiency check
For every subject for which a sufficiency check is required, you must compile a dossier for assessment of admissibility by the Colloquium Doctum Committee. Please upload the dossier in the My UM portal.
Entrance exam, colloquium doctum
If you are inadmissible because you do not have the required diploma ánd you are older than 21 years of age at the start of the programme, you may be eligible to sit a special entrance exam, the so-called colloquium doctum.
The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) at UM does not arrange colloquium doctum examinations but can issue a colloquium doctum certificate. To qualify for a colloquium doctum certificate, you must demonstrate proficiency in English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics at Dutch pre-university (vwo) level.
Upon submission of proof of proficiency in these subjects (via ec-med[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl), you will obtain a colloquium doctum certificate. With this certificate you fulfil the admission requirements for the bachelor of Medicine.
Language requirements for Dutch-language bachelor and master programmes
As Dutch is the language of instruction in this study programme, students must be proficient in the Dutch language. A minimum level corresponding to NT2-II (Dutch as a second language) is required for this study programme.
You automatically meet the language requirements for this study programme if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- you have completed a HAVO or VWO high school programme
- you have completed a HBO or WO study programme in Dutch
- you have completed a prior study programme outside of the Netherlands with Dutch as a second language. Candidates automatically meet the language requirement for a Dutch UM bachelor's or master's degree programme if they have obtained the following diplomas or certificates outside the Netherlands:
- Belgium, Flanders: Diploma of Secondary Education
- Belgium, Wallonia: Diploma of Secondary Education with Dutch as an exam subject.
- Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife with Niederländisch as "Prüfungsfach" or "Leistungsfach"
- Suriname: VWO diploma or HBO (P) Diploma
- United Kingdom: GCE A-level or GCE AS-level in Dutch
- France: Diplộme du Baccalauréat Général: Dutch as first, second or third language
- European Baccalaureate: Dutch as first or second language
- International Baccalaureate: Dutch A at Standard Level or Higher Level, Dutch B at Higher Level
- Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT): Educatief Startbekwaam (STRT) and Educatief Professioneel (EDUP) or Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs (PTHO)
- you can adhere to the language requirement in a different way, for example by obtaining a certificate Staatsexamen Nederlands als tweede taal, minimum level II (NT2-II), or a similar certification such as via the CNaVT*
Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your Dutch language proficiency. If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application.
* See http://cnavt.org/en/introduction for Educatief Startbekwaam (STRT) and Educatief Professional (EDUP) (admission higher education)
Language requirements for the International Track in Medicine (ITM)
Placement in the English-taught International Track in Medicine (ITM) requires proof of a good command of the English language.
See 'English Language Proficiency ITM' for the requirements.
(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 amount of study credits to be admitted to the second year of the programme. The amount of credits that must be earned, is documented in the Education and Examination Regulations (EER) of each study programme.