Admission & registration
Please read the procedure carefully and make sure to fulfil all steps in time. The deadline for this programme can be found under step 2: Check the application deadlines and register via Studielink.nl.
Admission and registration in 5 steps
Check the admission requirements
Do you meet the requirements?
Maastricht University (UM) assesses whether your prior education makes you admissible. Therefore, it is very important that you check beforehand whether you satisfy the requirements.
You will receive a message once the UM has made the decision. There is also a possibility that additional documents are required to assess your prior education. This will be requested by email, so keep an eye on your inbox.
Please note: Click on “Admission requirements” in the dark blue menu on the left side of this page, to find out more about the requirements for this programme.
Check the application deadlines and register via Studielink.nl.
Make an account and choose your programme
Applying via Studielink
You can register for a study programme via Studielink. In Studielink, you will have to indicate which programme you would like to register for. After registration in Studielink, you should start directly with step 3: Upload your documents.
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 2021
Start admissions: 1 October 2020
Please note: the application deadlines for the September intake 2021, will be published as soon as possible.
- Find out if you can apply for a scholarship or financial aid. Deadlines for scholarships are often earlier than the dates mentioned above.
- In Studielink you need to choose the starting moment. Please make sure to select September 2021 in the pulldown-menu, so that you will apply for the start of the next academic year.
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, the intranet of UM.
In order to complete your registration, you need to upload several 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: the passport picture must satisfy certain requirements.
- A copy of your passport or your EU/EEA identity card: make a copy of the page with your personal details. Save this copy as ‘passport copy’ and not as ‘passport picture’.
Please note: As a UM student it is not necessary to upload the above mentioned documents in the My UM portal. However, if your passport will not be valid on 1 September 2020, then you still have to upload a copy of your passport.
- A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified diploma if you have obtained it. If you have not graduated yet, you can upload your official grades transcript from your bachelor programme.
- Your curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation, in English, max. 500 words
- Provide information about your academic background (Information Sheet Forensic Master + Research Master)
- Ask for two academic references. Forms will be automatically uploaded after completion. Please note: your application will always be assessed, even without completed references.
- 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.
Tip: Avoid last-minute application stress! Last-minute applications may delay the scheduling of a possible interview and also the communication of your application outcome.
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 2021.
Continuation of the admissions procedure
You (conditionally) meet the requirements and your application will be processed
The main steps in the admission procedure involve an (1) assessment of your application, which when positively evaluated may result in (2) an invitation for an interview and writing assignment. Upon completion of the admissions procedure a message will be sent 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 documents, the Board of Admissions will carefully assess your application. Using all your submitted documents, we will assess your application on a number of criteria, which include:
- Knowledge, skills and experience in the area of your chosen specialization that you acquired in the past.
- Your motivation for choosing a specialization, and ability to acquire new knowledge and skills in the area of that specialization.
- General motivation and ability for conducting research.
- Attitude and communication skills necessary for functioning in a Problem-Based-Learning teaching environment, and for the development of a research career in academic, industrial, clinical, governmental and other settings.
- Openness to learning within an international academic environment.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Interview and writing assignment
An interview (including a writing assignment) may be part of the further selection procedure. Interviews will take place in January, February (first selection round) or April, May (second selection round). The interview consists of a further assessment of the above-listed criteria. These interviews will take place in January, February (first selection round) or April, May (second selection round).
If you live 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.
Message about admission
Based on the documents you have submitted and the admission procedure for your chosen programme, UM decides on whether to admit you. Once UM has made a decision on your admissibility, you will be informed by email. We strive to let you know within 4-5 weeks from the application deadline whether you are admitted or not. If there are too many candidates for admission, eligible candidates may be placed on a waiting list. This means that the final acceptance decision is delayed and that admission depends on availability of places. Those on the waiting list will receive regular updates on their status.
Message about admission
Based on the documents you have submitted and the admission procedure for your chosen programme, the UM decides on whether to admit you. 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 step 4 you will receive a request of Maastricht University (UM) 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.
Documents still required
If any of your documents are still missing, you will receive a message about this from UM. The documents concerned are listed in the message.
Questions about admission and registration?
Then contact the faculty of this master's programme via the Contact button on the left.
Please note: the information on this page is currently being updated. As from 1 October you can find the new information about academic year 2021/22 (starting 1 September 2021).
Open the pdf below for admission and registration of academic year 2020/21 (start 1 September 2020):
Admission and registration Research Master in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience - Spec. Fundamental Neuroscience - 2020/21
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.