The admission requirements for the master’s programme in Biomedical Sciences depend on your prior qualifications.
You have a university BSc or BA degree
Obtained before 1 September 2019
You are admissible if:
- you have a relevant bachelor's degree from a Dutch university,
- you have a relevant bachelor's degree from an EEA university (note: in case of doubt, you may be asked to pass a GRE-test*),
- you have a relevant bachelor's degree from a non-EEA university (note: in this case, you always need to pass a GRE-test),
- you have 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.
Relevant university degrees are among others:
Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Technology, Health Sciences (Biology and Health), Life Sciences, (Veterinary) Medicine, University College (depending on courses followed, > 50% biology)
You have a degree from a university of applied sciences (e.g. hbo, Hochschule)
Obtained before 1 September 2019
You are admissible if you have a relevant bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences, and:
- you have completed a thesis and have obtained at least 15 ECTS* in academic writing, statistics and/or methodology, or
- you have completed the university track of Hogeschool Zuyd.
*You can prove your academic skills by uploading a list of grades in Studielink with at least 15 ECTS in academic writing, statistics and/or methodology.
If you can’t prove this with your list of grades, you have to upload block descriptions (including ECTS) related to these three topics.
Make sure that the abovementioned relevant information is marked/highlighted in your documents. Documents without markings/highlights will not be considered.
If you do not meet any of the criteria mentioned above, you can prove that you have sufficient academic skills by uploading a sufficient GRE score report before the application deadline. Information about the GRE can be found below.
Relevant university of applied sciences degrees are among others:
Biological and Medical Laboratory Research, Biotechnology, Applied Sciences (Science & Life), Biometry
1. Submit your curriculum vitae
All candidates must provide a cv. Please list your education, relevant extracurricular activities and internship/professional experience.
Include the specialisation of your choice: Genetics and Genomics; Imaging from Molecule to Men; Inflammation and Pathophysiology; Neuromodulation; Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism; or Regenerative Medicine.
2. 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 pass a GRE test. The GRE is a standardised test. The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills.
In case the GRE requirement applies to you, no exemptions will be made to this requirement.
You have to register for this test yourself. Plan your test in time.
The score report needs to be uploaded in the My UM portal and sent by email to masteradmission-fhml[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl before the application deadline. Keep the deadline in mind when planning your test date, since it can take three weeks before you receive the result of the test.
GRE certificates handed in after the application deadline, will not be considered anymore.
Read more about the test
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.
The minimum 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.
Non-EEA students must pay a €100 handling fee
Non-EEA students who apply for this master's programme will have to pay a handling fee. Your application will not be taken into consideration without the required fee of €100 (excl. bank costs) which you will have to pay when you apply.
The handling fee is to cover certain administrative costs in relation to your application.