If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.
If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team.
To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.
We strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible, as the registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. On top of that, the research master Brain and Cognitive Sciences processes applications in order of submission, until the programme capacity is met. Timely submission therefore boosts your odds of selection.
Additionally, affordable accommodation is scarce in Amsterdam. Although the University of Amsterdam can assist in finding accommodation but cannot give any guarantees regarding housing, early applicants do have a slightly bigger chance in finding a room through the UvA than late applicants.
Given the additional paperwork and arrangements that international students need to make upon selection, we recommend non-EU/non-EEA students to apply before 1 February at the latest. For international students from the EU or EEA, we recommend 1 June at the latest.
|Starting in September||EU/EEA students||31 May 23:59 CEST|
|Non-EU/EEA students||31 January 23:59 CEST|
Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.
Depending on the track of choice the applicant must hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Applicants with another Bachelor's degree may also be admitted to the Research Master provided they have an adequate academic background in the field of neuroscience and/or cognitive sciences.
Motivation is assessed on the basis of a written letter of intent. Prepare a letter of intent (up to one page) seeking a place in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Master Programme describing your academic interests and reasons for applying. Applicants' prior academic coursework should demonstrate their active interest in cognitive and/ or neural research.
Because of our competitive applicant pool, letters of recommendation hold substantial weight in our admissions decisions. Applicants must submit two letters of reference from academic staff members, a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the field, listing the applicant's ability to conduct independent research and report on the results.
The Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences uses a specific format for the letters of recommendation. In the application form you can submit your referee’s name and his/her email. They will receive a link to the specific format and will be able to fill it in. This needs to be filled out digitally. It is the student’s responsibility that the referee is aware of the process and that he/she has submitted the letter of recommendation to go along with the application. Applications without reference letters will not be taken into account.
In addition to the admission requirements referred to above, the student has to comply with the following requirements:
You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:
The GPA is the average of the Bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.
All our international programmes are conducted in English. International non-native English speakers need to submit proof of their proficiency in the English language before enrolling in one of these programmes. International students who received their bachelor's or master's degree from a Dutch university are exempt from the language test requirement, as are students from the following English-speaking countries: Australia, Canada (English), New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.
For Non-EU/EEA students the required English test result should be received on or before 1 February in the year of application by the International Team at the Faculty of Science. If this in any case is not possible, contact the International Team first, before applying. For EU/EEA students the deadline of submitting the test results is 1 July. The test results may not be older than two years.
Please be informed that the application file from students who need a visa will be put on hold until we receive a sufficient English proficiency test.
Chinese applicants are required to take an IELTS test or the TOEFL (Internet-based test only). These are the only two tests accepted by the Nuffic, which provides certificates to all Chinese students who wish to study in the Netherlands. Do note there are some differences between the TOEFL and IELTS test. Available practice material, test dates, prices and locations differ per country.
For this the applicants need to submit a resume (cv), listing among others the activities they did in addition to their studies. You can think of the following activities: (voluntary) jobs, board membership, conference attendance, relevant research experience or other activities that could be relevant for your application for this Master's programme . Note that extra-curricular activities are not obligatory, but desirable for distinguishing yourself from other applicants.
For the overall impression the board of examiners takes the six points mentioned above into account, in addition they will look at such things as interest / experience in research, interdisciplinary focus, interest in cognitive processes, future ambitions.
In exceptional cases, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. The study delay must be COVID-19 related and concern courses from the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year (February through June 2020). For information on how to submit your request for admission with study delay, check under Step 8.
Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. You need your UvAnetID to continue with your application. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.
Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.
Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of both (or more) academic transcripts into one PDF.
In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:
After the online application procedure you will receive information by means of email in due course on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit.
If you have any questions about these documents as an international degree student, please contact the International Team.
As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8). You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.
If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the International Team
Between 1 July and 31 August you can submit your request for admission to the Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s in DataNose (link below). To submit this request, you should meet all the requirements listed below. In addition, you should have completed all the exams and resits in your Bachelor’s programme and know for sure that you cannot complete your Bachelor’s before 1 September. You will need to complete any missing courses during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Please note: in order to complete your Bachelor’s you will have to re-enroll in your Bachelor’s programme!
Admission requirements with unfinished Bachelor’s
If you wish to make use of the option to start your Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s degree, you will need to seriously consider the overall achievability of your combined study programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to make provisions for any overlaps in planning concerning exams, classes, etc.
This regulation applies to students who want to start their Master’s at the UvA in September 2020 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme at the UvA in 2019-2020, or in a Bachelor’s at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.
How to submit your request
If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.
You will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing.
After your application you will receive information by means of email on how to complete your registration and how to apply for a visa or residence permit, if needed.
A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.
In order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA, you will need to pay the tuition fee.