The Neurosciences programme is open to both Dutch and International students. Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.
Meet admission criteria
In order to gain admission to one of the VU University’s Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.
Specific admission requirements for the MSc Neurosciences programme
To be considered for admission to the Master’s programme in Neurosciences you must meet the following requirements:
- Hold an academic Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Psychology with a Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology profile. If you hold a BSc degree in a closely related discipline (e.g. Movement Sciences, Life Sciences, (Bio)Medical Engineering, or Medicine) you are also eligible to apply if you completed courses in at least two of the following topics: neuro-anatomy and/or physiology, cell biology and/or biochemistry, genetics and/or genomics, neurological/neuropsychiatric disorders, statistics.
- Have good grades: A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent, e.g. a B+, or a GPA of 3.4); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent, e.g. an A, or a GPA of 4.0), for both the Bachelor’s thesis and neuroscience-related courses.
- Possess well-developed academic skills including writing and presenting abilities, the ability to evaluate and apply knowledge, and the ability to engage in critical thinking. Having completed a BSc thesis to show well-developed academic skills is considered a plus.
- Have an active interest in neuroscience research and have clear ideas about a future career in neuroscience.
Only in exceptional circumstances the Admissions Board may deviate from the specific admission requirements. If you believe your case is subject to such exceptional circumstances, then please explain so in your motivation letter.
Please note: you will need to upload all required documents in one PDF file, using this template.
Please check here which documents you need to submit for this specific programme.
The Admissions Board assesses and decides whether a student can be admitted to the program. They will apply the following admission procedure:
- The Admission board evaluates whether an applicant meets the admission requirements based on review of their CV, transcript, motivation letter, and reference letters. The applicant is awarded a score of 0 to 10 according to the following weight factors: CV/transcript (60%), motivation letter (25%), reference letters (15%). Applications with a score of <7.5 will be rejected.
- Only applicants with a score of >= 7.5 will be invited for an interview. During this interview, the admission board will discuss the applicant’s previous education, expectations of the program, potential knowledge gaps, and research interests. The applicant is awarded a score of 0 to 10 for this interview.
- A ranking will be made based on the combined score of the applicant’s documents (60%) and interview (40%). The top students in this ranking will be admitted to the MSc Neurosciences program at VU University with a maximum capacity of 60 students
PLEASE NOTE that the final decision on your admission is only communicated when all applications are reviewed. The Admission Board strives to communicate this decision to all applicants before July 1st.
English language requirements
VU Amsterdam requires international applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.
|Name of examination||Overall score||Sub-score|
| IELTS (Academic): |
Due to Covid-19 the IELTS Indicator will also be accepted for admissions in 2020
|Minimum Overall Band Score 6.5||- Minimum Sub-score Listening 6.0|
- Minimum Sub-score Reading 6.0
- Minimum Sub-score Writing 6.5
- Minimum Sub-score Speaking 6.0
|TOEFL paper based test||580||Minimum Sub-score Structure/Written Expression: 59 |
|TOEFL Internet-based test||92||- Minimum Sub-score Reading 18|
- Minimum Sub-score Listening 19
- Minimum Sub-score Speaking 19
- Minimum Sub-score Writing 24
|Cambridge English||Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C|
Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C
Please note that students who need a study visa must submit their English test results before 1 June. All other students have to submit the test certificate before 31 August (preferably sooner).
TOEFL and IELTS tests must have been completed no more than two years before 1 September of the year in which your course starts. Note that TOEFL MyBestScore is not accepted. Our institution code is 7947.
A PDF copy of your English test result can be sent to the following email (for non-Dutch degree holders): email@example.com
The general requirements regarding language proficiency are found here