Admission & registration
Admission and registration for a master's programme at Maastricht University (UM) consists of the following five steps. Please read the procedure carefully and make sure to fulfil all steps in time. The deadline for this programme can be found under step 1.
This information is currently being updated. As from 10 October you can find the current information about academic year 2019/20 here.
Admission and registration in 5 steps
Check your deadline and register via Studielink.nl a.s.a.p.
Make an account and choose your programme
You can register for a study programme via Studielink. In Studielink, you will have to indicate which programme you would like to register for.
If you are registered in a Dutch municipality, you can only register using your DigiD. If you do not yet have a DigiD, you will need to request one. If you do not (yet) live in the Netherlands, you still register via Studielink, but you will not be able to use DigiD. Instead, you create a Studielink account yourself and UM will check your personal details.
Start September 2018
- First selection round: 15 January 2018
- Second selection round: 1 April 2018
Start September 2019
Start admissions: 10 October 2018
- First selection round: 15 January 2019
- Second selection round: 1 April 2019
If you apply before 15 January, you’ll take part in the first selection round. If you apply between 15 January and 1 April, you’ll take part in the second selection round. The same procedure and criteria pertain to both rounds. You can only apply once. Non-EU students who intend to apply for a Maastricht University scholarship must apply in the first selection round.Read more about registering via Studielink
Upload your documents in MyUM
Check what you need
After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email from UM within 24 hours. This email contains your personal student number and a password. You can use this information to access the MyUM portal.
In order to complete your registration, please upload the following documents via MyUM as soon as possible, at least before the application deadline:
Please note: If you accidently upload a wrong document in the MyUM portal, you can no longer remove it from your digital file. However, you can still upload the right document, but this does not replace the incorrect one. UM judges which documents are right.
- A recent passport picture
- A copy of your valid passport or your EU/EEA identity card
- A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified diploma
- Your curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation, in English, max. 500 words
Two academic references. Make sure that you give the referees your Maastricht University student ID number.
The completed reference forms will be sent to the Board of Admissions. Please note that in total no more than two reference forms will be uploaded and other references will not be considered.
- Copy of your language test with sufficient results (if applicable)
Note: When uploading documents in the MyUM portal please make sure you only upload documents as a PDF file or Word document. Please do NOT upload documents in a Zip file, we cannot open zip files.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. All documents must be in English or Dutch.
* If you haven’t graduated yet, send us transcripts from your bachelor’s programme. You must have completed your bachelor’s before 1 September 2018.Read more about uploading your documents via MyUM in general
The UM assesses your admissibility
Do you satisfy all of the conditions?
On the basis of the documents you have uploaded in the MyUM Portal, UM assesses whether your prior education makes you admissible to the master’s programme of your choice.
Two outcomes are possible:
- If you meet the admission requirements, you are admissible. Your application will be processed in step 4.
- If you do not meet the admission requirements, you are not admissible. Your application will be rejected and the admissions procedure will stop.
Admissions procedure and message about admission
The faculty decides on the basis of your quality and suitability
The main steps in the admission procedure involve an (1) assessment of your application, which when positively evaluated will result in (2) an invitation for an interview and writing assignment, and (3) a message to you about your admission status (details below). Note that in specific conditions (in a very small number of cases) a secondary assessment round will be held when your application is judged suitable for a specialisation other than the one you selected. More information.
Assessment of your application
After receipt of all required materials, the Board of Admissions will carefully assess your application.
Interview and writing assignment
In the second stage of the admission procedure you’ll be invited for an individual interview and a 45-minute analytic writing assignment. These interviews will take place in February (first selection round) or in April (second selection round).
If you live either in the Netherlands or within a 200 km radius of Maastricht, you're expected to attend in person. If you live further away, a Skype interview will be arranged.
If you have taken part in the second stage of the admission procedure, you will be formally notified within 2-3 weeks of the outcome of the selection procedure.
Message about admissionRead more about your admission in general
On the basis of the documents you have uploaded and the admission procedure for your chosen programme, the relevant faculty decides on whether to admit you. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of this decision. Selection will take place on the basis of your quality and suitability. In this respect your motivation, prior qualifications as well as your professional experience are important. Once UM has made a decision on your admissibility, you will be informed about this by email.
Complete your registration at the UM
Fulfil all registration criteria and pay your tuition fees
After you have successfully completed the admission's procedure you will receive a request of Maastricht University to pay your tuition fees.
Please make sure you pay your tuition fees in time. If the tuition fees are not paid in time it is not possible to start your studies.
Questions about admission and registration?
Then contact the faculty of this master's programme via the Contact button on the left.
The specialisations of the Research Master programme are listed separately in Studielink. This means that you must already have decided on a specialisation when you apply.