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 university bachelor’s degree is suitable for the research master and which one is not. Students with university 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.
Students need to have a bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor’s degree. In order to determine if a bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor’s degree, the Board of Admissions makes use of NUFFIC diploma recognition. NUFFIC issues recommendations on the value of higher or secondary education diplomas obtained outside the Netherlands. Where possible, the foreign diploma is compared to a Dutch diploma. As well as evaluating the diploma, NUFFIC is also able to determine whether a study programme or an educational institution is officially recognised. Bachelor’s degrees that NUFFIC judges as non-equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor’s degree will not be admitted. If you are uncertain whether your bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a Dutch university bachelor’s degree you are strongly advised to submit a request via the NUFFIC website to have this checked prior to submitting your application.
All candidates should meet the general requirements:
- university 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’.
If you have questions regarding the requirements, or the admission procedure, please send an e-mail to:fpn-researchmaster[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
International students: also check the study progress requirements