Graduates from a relevant university bachelor’s programme
You are admissible with:
- a relevant bachelor's degree from a Dutch university
- a relevant bachelor's degree from an EEA university (note: in case of doubt, you may be asked to pass a GRE-test*)
- a relevant bachelor's degree from a non-EEA university (note: in this case, you always need to pass a GRE-test)
- a relevant university master's degree
* Whether the GRE requirement applies to you depends on the content of your bachelor’s programme. The Board of Admission decides on this.
Students with a UM bachelor’s degree Health sciences (track Biology and health), and Biomedical sciences are directly admissible. You do not need to write a letter of motivation.
Please note: you have to pass your bachelor’s exam before 1 September 2019
Relevant university domains are:
- Biomedical sciences
- Health sciences (track Biology and health)
- Human nutrition
- Life sciences
- Molecular life sciences
- University college (at least 50% biology/health courses)
- Related BSc
Graduates from a University of Applied Sciences (HBO, Hochschule)
You are admissible if:
- you have completed a thesis and have obtained at least 15 ECTS in the context of a minor in the field of science, and successfully completed a course on statistics or
- you have completed a thesis and have obtained at least 15 ECTS in academic writing and successfully completed a course on statistics
Relevant domains University of Applied Sciences
- Food technology (incl. Human health and nutrition)
- Applied sciences (Science and life)
If you do not meet any of the criteria mentioned here, you can prove that you have sufficient academic skills by uploading a sufficient GRE score report and proof of sufficient statistical skills.
Information about the GRE and statistics can be found below.
1. Submit your curriculum vitae
All candidates must provide a cv. Please list your education, relevant extracurricular activities and internship/professional experience.
2. Write a letter of motivation
All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in English
Language requirements for English-language master 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. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 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 bachelor’s or master’s study programme at a research university in the Netherlands
- you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is English
- you have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels
- you have completed a Dutch-taught programme at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO) and are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment.
If none of these conditions apply, you can submit one of the following language test certificates (minimum scores between brackets):
- IELTS (6.5)
- TOEFL Paper-based test (575)
- TOEFL Internet test (90)
- TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310)
- Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)]
- or similar accredited certification
Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.
Some candidates need to complete a statistics course. The statistics course should focus on statistics for life sciences. You can complete a statistics course or statistics summer school at Maastricht University or at another institute.
More information on the required contents of the course on statistics will be discussed during the admissions interview.
Please note: if statistics was not part of your bachelor degree programme, you will have to upload your statistics certificate before 15 July 2019 in the MyUM portal. Also send it by e-mail to hfim-admissions[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
Some candidates need to pass a GRE-test, as listed under the admission requirements. The GRE is a standardised test. The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills. You have to register for this test yourself.
When registering for the GRE-test, please indicate:
- the Maastricht University Institution code number: 7102
- the department code number: 0699: Health and Medical Sciences-Other.
You need to select the general test, not the subject test.
It can take up to a few weeks before you receive your test results. Upload your GRE score report in the MyUM portal before the application deadline. Also send it by email to: hfim-admissions[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
The miminum required scores of the GRE-test are:
- Verbal reasoning: 144
- Quantitative reasoning: 144
- Analytical writing: 3.0
Any score below these scores will result in rejection of your application.