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Expand your perspective on the human brain

Do you want to understand how a variety of neurological and psychiatric diseases disrupt the regulation of our mental processes?

Then the Master's Neurosciences is the programme for you.

Check whether you meet the programme requirements and apply

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) Bachelor’s degree (VU Bachelor’s degree, VU pre-master's or Bachelor’s degree at another university)

    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 Amsterdam 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:

    1. 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.
    2. Have good grades: A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent), for both the Bachelor’s thesis and neuroscience-related courses.
    3. 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.
    4. 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. 

    Admission procedure
    The admission board evaluates whether an applicant meets the admission requirements based on review of their CV, academic transcript and motivation letter. The applicant is awarded a score of 0 to 10. Consequently, the admission board will make one of the following decisions.

    • Applicants with a score of <7.5 will be rejected.
    • Applicants with a score of >= 9.0 are considered directly admissible and will be guaranteed a spot in the Neurosciences Master cohort of 2023-2024.
    • Applicants with a score between 7.5 and 9.0 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.

    For those applicants that were invited for an 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 programme at VU Amsterdam with a maximum capacity of 60 students.

    PLEASE NOTE that if you were invited to an interview, 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 June 1st.

    You can find all general information on admission and application to VU Master's programmes here.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) Bachelor’s degree

    A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) does not grant direct access to the programme.
    The master's programme Neurosciences does not offer a pre-master's programme. 

  • Application with a Dutch degree

    The Neurosciences programme is open to both Dutch and International Students. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. You find all information about the general application procedure with a Dutch degree on the application page.

    The application deadline is:

    1 June for holders of a Dutch bachelor’s degree (with a Dutch or EU/EEA nationality).

    Your application will be rejected in case you didn’t upload the required documents in ‘your dashboard’ within 6 weeks after your enrolment in Studielink, OR in case you’ve uploaded (one or more) of the required documents after June 1st. Applications and documents submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

    Required documents (deadline June 1st)

    This Master’s programme requires students with a Dutch bachelor's degree to upload the following documents (in English) as soon as possible and in any case 6 weeks after your enrolment and before 1 June.

    • Letter of Motivation.
    • Curriculum Vitae.
    • Bachelor's transcript, including your GPA .
    • Course descriptions of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education, including the literature used* You can use this format.

    Your online dashboard gives you an overview of the submitted and missing documents. Check your dashboard regularly.

  • I have an international degree

    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 Vrije Universiteit’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:

    1. 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.
    2. Have good grades: A minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 7.5 (or international equivalent); and a minimum grade of 8 (or international equivalent), for both the Bachelor’s thesis and neuroscience-related courses.
    3. 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.
    4. 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. 

    Admission procedure
    The admission board evaluates whether an applicant meets the admission requirements based on review of their CV, academic transcript and motivation letter. The applicant is awarded a score of 0 to 10. Consequently, the admission board will make one of the following decisions.

    • Applicants with a score of <7.5 will be rejected.
    • Applicants with a score of >= 9.0 are considered directly admissible and will be guaranteed a spot in the Neurosciences Master cohort of 2023-2024.
    • Applicants with a score between 7.5 and 9.0 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.

    For those applicants that were invited for an 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 programme at VU Amsterdam with a maximum capacity of 60 students.

    PLEASE NOTE that if you were invited to an interview, 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 June 1st.

    You can find all general information on admission and application to VU Master's programmes here.

    Proof of sufficient proficiency in English
    If you are applying for one of our English-taught Master's degree programmes you will have to demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency by submitting English test results.  

    Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. 

    You can find an overview of all accepted tests and scores that can be used to demonstrate your English language proficiency on the language requirement page.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application documents

    To apply you are required to provide the following documents:

    • Scan of your passport or national ID card (ID for EEA students only) valid at the start date of the programme
    • Master Application File please download the correct file from this page. In this file you can see which documents are required to apply for your programme.
    • Proof of English language proficiency (if already obtained): upload your proof of English language proficiency or English language test results. Please find the English language requirements here.

    After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure

    Application fee & deadlines

    All students seeking admission to an international Master’s programme with an international degree are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee. Only after you have paid this fee will we be able to start the evaluation of your application file. If you are applying for more than one programme, you will only need to pay the application fee once. Your application fee payment is valid for two years.

    Information on how to apply with an international university degree and deadlines can be found here

    Grants and scholarships

    As an international student planning to study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you can apply for a variety of grants and bursaries. Detailed information about scholarships and deadlines can be found on www.vu.nl/scholarships or www.grantfinder.nl.

    International Student and Alumni Ambassadors 

    Our International Student and Alumni Ambassadors are happy to tell you all about their experiences with studying at VU Amsterdam and living in Amsterdam.

    • Our Student Ambassadors are current students at VU Amsterdam that represent a wide variety of programmes and countries.
    • Our International Alumni Ambassadors are VU Amsterdam graduates who are currently either working in the Netherlands or abroad, or doing a PhD or (second) Master's.

    You will find the full overview of our Ambassadors here: vu.nl/ambassadors. There you can chat with them directly.

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information: toelating.beta@vu.nl

For questions about the programme, please send an e-mail to programme coordinator Marissa Zwan: neurosciences.master@vu.nl. For more general questions, please send an e-mail to Studentdesk@vu.nl 

Call us on +31 20 5985020 (Mon – Fri: 10:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00)

Do you have any other questions?

Do you have any questions about the application or admission procedure? International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.fs@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme.

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on VU.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl, stating your student number.

Also, make sure to take a look at our FAQ page - you might already find your question answered there.

Contact

  • Sara Vlasbloem
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Marija Bosnić
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl
  • Sandra van Daalen
  • International Student Advisor
  • Faculty of Science
  • masters.fs@vu.nl