The Board of Admissions of this programme assess applications holistically on a broad range of criteria. Because we aim to create an interdisciplinary mix of students, we cannot state which bachelor’s degree is suitable for the research master and which one is not. Students with bachelor’s degrees as diverse as political sciences, philosophy, liberal arts, psychology, psychobiology, physiotherapy, neuroscience, biology, biotechnology, health sciences, biomedical engineering and economics have successfully applied in the past.
Clearly, some bachelor’s degrees are intrinsically more suitable for specific specialisations. For example, a molecular biology bachelor’s degree fits better with the Fundamental Neuroscience or Drug Development and Neurohealth specialisations than with the Psychopathology or Neuropsychology specialisations.
The reverse is true for a bachelor’s degree with a focus on clinical psychology. At the same time, there are no strict exclusives. To give an example: a candidate with a bachelor’s degree in political sciences or history may have taken a one year break to work in a neuroscience lab, where he/she might have shown great talent for experimental work, statistics and programming, as evidenced by excellent motivation and recommendation letters, and perhaps even a co-authorship on a conference abstract or paper. An application of this candidate to for example the Cognitive Neuroscience specialisation may well be competitive. Such applications are exceptional, but some have been successful in the past. Therefore, you should highlight in your application all aspects and strengths of your background that make you a fitting candidate for your chosen specialisation.
All candidates should meet the general requirements:
- bachelor's degree
- curriculum vitae,
- information about your academic background,
- letter of motivation,
- ask for two references,
- proficiency in English.
Please check below whether additional requirements apply to you.
Also check the required documents under ‘Admission and registration’.