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Biomedical Sciences (MSc)

Application procedure

The application procedure is divided into four parts.

Part 1. Apply for a programme in Studielink

Please follow the instructions given in Studielink. After taking the first step, you will receive an email with the following information (bear in mind that it can take a few days): 

  • Confirmation that you have started the application process in Studielink
  • Login details for Leiden University’s online application portal (uSis)

In the online application portal, Leiden University will guide you through all necessary steps to complete your registration, as well as informing you about what you have to do after applying. Please follow the instructions carefully. See also Part 2: Admission to Leiden University.

Please follow the instructions given in Studielink. In order to apply for the premaster Biomedical Sciences, choose  in Studielink for Bachelor Biomedische wetenschappen (NOT first year) After taking the first step, you will receive an email with the following information (bear in mind that it can take a few days): 

  • Confirmation that you have started the application process in Studielink
  • Login details for Leiden University’s online application portal (uSis)

In the online application portal, Leiden University will guide you through all necessary steps to complete your registration, as well as informing you about what you have to do after applying. Indicate that you wish to follow a “premaster”.

See also Part 2: Admission to Leiden University.

 

Part 2. Admission to Leiden University

You must apply for admission via Leiden University’s online application portal (uSis). Please follow all steps below. 

In our online application portal (uSis) you can finalise your application by uploading the necessary documents and answering a few questions. This portal provides an overview of what you need to do to complete your admission application. Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure to include all the items that are asked for. We strongly recommend that you complete your application well in advance of the application deadline.

All applicants with an international degree must pay a non-refundable €100 application fee, which entitles you to apply for up to three programmes/specialisations in the same academic year. We cannot start processing your application until we receive this application fee, so please pay it as soon as possible. The online application system explains how you can pay it.

Can I be exempted from paying the application fee?
You do not have to pay the application fee if:

  • You are following, or have completed, a bachelor’s degree at a Dutch university (of applied sciences). 
  • You have previously registered as an exchange, bachelor’s, master’s or pre-master’s student at Leiden University.
  • You have previously been admitted to the same degree programme at Leiden University, but you decided to postpone your studies. This does not apply if you are applying for a different study programme or specialisation.
  • You have refugee status in the Netherlands (with a residence permit for asylum).
  • You are an Indonesian student applying for an MSc programme and have been given a “review letter” by the Leiden Science Indonesia Office (LESIO).

Exemptions cannot be granted for any other reasons.

After you have submitted your application, the online application portal (uSis) will, if applicable, ask you if you want to apply for student housing, a visa/residence permit or a scholarship. Be sure to make a careful note of the relevant deadlines for these options.  

After receiving your application fee payment (if applicable), the Admissions Office will check whether all the necessary documents have been uploaded and they will inform you by email whether any further items are required. The Board of Admissions of the faculty will then:

  • decide whether you meet the admission requirements for the programme; 
  • strive to issue a decision on your completed application within four to six weeks of the University receiving it.

Once a decision has been reached you will be informed by email. You can also view your admission status in the online application portal (uSis).

There are two possible outcomes:

  1. You are conditionally admitted; in other words you will be admitted, provided you meet certain conditions.
    The condition(s) will be given in the decision letter. Important: the decision letter will always contain the condition, that, in case that more than 100 candidates are admitted, a qualitative selection procedure will decide on your placement in the master (see Part 3: Qualitative selection below).
  2. You are not admitted , because you do not meet the programme’s entry requirements.
    The reasons will be clearly stated in the decision letter.

Part 3. Qualitative selection

When more than 100 students are conditionally admitted, a qualitative selection procedure will decide on definite placement in the master programme. The ranking of candidates will be based on the criteria listed below.

  • Date when the (bachelor) degree was obtained (length of the period between ending the relevant bachelor programme and the start of the master’s programme);
  • Nominal duration of the (bachelor) degree;
  • Experience in performing research at a laboratory (internship);
  • Skills with respect to working in a laboratory;
  • In depth knowledge, understanding and skills in Immunology, Pathology, Bio-Statistics, Neuroscience and Molecular Biology;
  • Grade Point Average (GPA; the GPA is the weighted average of the Bachelor’s course grades according to the international Grading system (maximum 4.00)).

There are two possible outcomes of the selection procedure.

Based on your rank in the selection procedure, you are offered a place in the master’s programme. You will have 14 days to accept this offer. If you accept the offer, you can proceed to finish your registration as a student of the master Biomedical Sciences. If you do not accept the offer within 14 days, you will forfeit your place.

Based on your rank in the selection procedure, you are not offered a placed in the master’s programme. In this case, due to exceeding the maximum capacity of the master’s programme, you will not be placed as a student in the master Biomedical Sciences. However, if a candidate, mentioned above, declines the offer, the highest ranking subsequent candidate on the admission list will obtain the offer that was rejected.

The Admissions Office will ask you if you want to accept the offer of (conditional) admission. Please respond via the online application portal (uSis), by going to ‘Application study programme(s)’ then accessing the ‘Confirm’ screen, where you will have three options:

  1. Accept
  2. Accept, but defer to a later start date
  3. Decline

Part 4. Student registration

If you’ve been (conditionally) admitted, follow these steps to register as a student at Leiden University:

Check in the online application portal (uSis) whether you need to submit any documents to meet the conditions of your admission. Instructions on how to do so will be provided in uSis.

Arrange the payment of your tuition fee before the official start date of your programme. You will receive instructions and information on the available payment methods by email.

If you are an international student, go to the Prepare your stay page of our website for information about the practical matters you should take care of before and upon arrival. These include, for example, arranging housing, scholarships, applying for a visa/residence permit and insurances.

>> Go to the next step. Step 5: Pay your tuition fees

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