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Vitality and Ageing (MSc)

Admission requirements

The master’s Vitality and Ageing stimulates interdisciplinary thought. Meaning that motivated students with a broad scale of Bachelor backgrounds will potentially be admitted to the programme. The Master’s will welcome a maximum of 50 students.

Master’s admissions: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2020-2021 academic year. For the master’s programme in Vitality and Ageing this means that you will be allowed to complete your bachelor’s programme during the 2020-2021 academic year and will already be allowed to begin your master’s programme on 1 September 2020. You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest. The following additional conditions apply: only candidates from directly admissible  bachelor programmes are allowed to enter the programme with a deficiency of maximal 15 EC.  

What do you need to do?

  • Enrol on and request admission to both programmes:
    1. Fill in this form before 1st of August.
    2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
    3. Request admission in uSis before 1st of August
    4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme before 1 September for a maximum of one month.
  • Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2020 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2021 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.
  • You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

Questions?

If you have any questions about admissions and enrolment, please use the online contact form for the Student Affairs Front Office, using ‘Admission request’ as the subject.

If you have any questions about the programme itself, please contact masterVA@lumc.nl.

Entry requirements for students with a Dutch bachelor’s degree

In the menu below, you'll find the interdisciplinary eligible Bachelor's degrees of Vitality and Ageing. Students with the following Bachelor’s degrees are freely admissible:

If your Bachelor’s is not on this list, please read the information below at 'All other Bachelor’s backgrounds'.

Students with the following Bachelor’s degrees are freely admissible:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine [Geneeskunde];
  • a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences [Biomedische wetenschappen];
  • a Bachelor’s degree in [Gezondheid en Leven]; 
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences [Gezondheidswetenschappen]; 
  • a Bachelor’s degree in [Voeding en Gezondheid]; 
  • a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Technology [Klinische Technologie];
  • a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Medicine [Technische Geneeskunde]; 
  • a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, with a major/specialisation in public health, global health or premedical programme from University College;
  • a Bachelor's degree in Movement Sciences [Bewegingswetenschappen];
  • a Bachelor's degree in Health and Society [Gezondheid en maatschappij];
  • a Bachelor's degree in European Public Health;

based on the level of a bachelor’s degree, of an NVAO accredited programme, at a Dutch or Flemish University.

Qualitative admission requirements

In addition to the above requirements, the following qualitative admission requirements apply:

  • The degree was passed within the nominal duration of the study plus one year at the start of the master's programme*;
  • Grade Point Average of at least 6.0 Dutch grading system (or international equivalent) at the submission deadline;
  • Motivation letter; stating why you have chosen this master’s programme, your knowledge of and experience in biology, your knowledge of, and experience with older individuals, and your knowledge of, and experience with management and your future career perspectives.

* Time needed to complete your study, e.g. excluding “ a travel year”, a year of due to membership in a board (net study time). Specify and explain your gross study time in your motivation letter, if exceeding the nominal duration of the study plus one year at the start of the master's programme.

All admission requests will be reviewed by the Board of Admissions of the masters.

Deadline for registration: 1 August 2020

For further questions of the admission requirements, please contact our study advisor Lucia Creveld: StudyadvisorVA@Lumc.nl.

Students with other Bachelor’s backgrounds than mentioned above are invited to submit a request for admission to the Board of Admissions of the master’s. This request will be individually reviewed.

All candidates may submit a request for admission with a Bachelor’s degree from a high-level university that shows sufficient skills, understanding and knowledge of human biological mechanisms and the human body. In addition for Dutch students, sufficient English at vwo level is required.

Qualitative admission requirements

In addition to the above requirements, the following qualitative admission requirements apply:

  • The degree was passed within the nominal duration of the study plus one year at the start of the master's programme*;
  • Grade Point Average of at least 6.0 Dutch grading system (or international equivalent) at the submission deadline;
  • Motivation letter; stating why you have chosen this master’s programme, your knowledge of and experience in biology, your knowledge of, and experience with older individuals, and your knowledge of, and experience with management and your future career perspectives.

* Time needed to complete your study, e.g. excluding “ a travel year”, a year of due to membership in a board (net study time). Specify and explain your gross study time in your motivation letter, if exceeding the nominal duration of the study plus one year at the start of the master's programme.

Deadline for registration: 1st of August 2020

For further questions of the admission requirements, please contact our study advisor Lucia Creveld: StudyadvisorVA@Lumc.nl.

Entry requirements for students with non-Dutch diplomas

In the menu below, you'll find the requirements for international students:

  • Sufficient level of English is required for international students*, proven by one of the following qualifications:
  • IELTS: an overall score 7, with for Writing and for Speaking at least score 7;
    Please note that Leiden University currently accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. You can check if this online English proficiency test is accessible for you on the
     ETS website.
  • TOEFL: overall score 100 (internet-based) with for Writing at least a score of 27 and for Speaking at least a score of 23;

*This requirement does not apply if you have one of the following diplomas or meet the criteria of:

  • An International Baccalaureate diploma (or other with English A);
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education completed in the US, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (with the exception of French-taught education in Canada);
  • A diploma of an English-taught university degree programme completed at a Dutch research university;
  • A pre-university education (VWO) diploma.
  • A high school (or higher) diploma determined by SEA (Admissions Office) in an EER country, where English has been studied up to and including the final year of the programme, and  where the level of English can be considered comparable to Dutch VWO (pre-university education).

*The Language Advisor to the Board of Admissions may conduct an interview with the applicant by telephone to verify his/her level of English.

All international applications will be reviewed by the Board of Admissions of the masters.

For further questions of the admission requirements, please contact our study advisor Lucia Creveld: StudyadvisorVA@Lumc.nl.

Language requirements

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in US, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or Canada (with the exception of French-taught education in Canada);

or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University or a high school (or higher) diploma determined by SEA (Admissions Office) in an EER country, where English has been studied up to and including the final year of the programme, and  where the level of English can be considered comparable to Dutch VWO (pre-university education).

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