Admission and application

Admission period

Dutch degree

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International degree, EEA student

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International degree, non-EEA student

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Two-step selection procedure

The specialisation Microbiology within the Master’s Biology has a two-step selection procedure, which is different from the other specialisations. Please read more detailed information about this process at the bottom of this page.

Would you like to apply for a scholarship? Please note that the application deadline for most scholarships is 1 March.

Admission requirements

Application procedure

Selection procedure

This programme is designed for highly motivated and ambitious students that are passionate about environmental or medical Microbiology and want to achieve a (research) career in this field. The selection procedure consists of two steps:

  1. A thorough assessment of the application documents, in which prior education and the qualification of the candidate will be evaluated.
  2. After a positive outcome of this assessment, an individual interview (in English and online) with the Selection Committee consisting of two lecturers.

The interview assesses motivation, communication abilities, team-working skills, self-reflection of the candidate, solution-oriented and innovative thinking, and scientific reasoning. Furthermore, a standard set of questions is asked to assess whether the background knowledge of the student conforms to the required content and level.

The interviews will be conducted in batches:

  • Batch 1: Non-EU/EEA candidates running an application for Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP), Radboud Encouragement Scholarship (RES) and/or Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (22 March - 5 April 2023).
  • Batch 2: Non-EU/EEA candidates without a scholarship application (26 April - 3 May 2023).
  • Batch 3: EU/EEA candidatescandidates with a Dutch Bachelor's degree or a Pre-Master's degree (31 May - 14 June 2023).

After the Batch 1 interviews, the Selection Committee will rank all applicants and offer scholarships to the top candidates. Applicants awarded a scholarship are also directly admitted to the programme. All other admissions will be decided after the Batch 2 interviews. Here, all applicants interviewed earlier that did not receive a scholarship offer and all new applicants will be ranked according to their qualifications and performance during the interview. We will then directly admit the highest ranked candidates to a maximum of 50% of our capacity. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list. In the final interview round Batch 3 we will interview the EU/EEA candidates and applicants with a Dutch Bachelor's degree or Pre-Master's degree. These will be ranked together with the candidates on the waiting list, and the remaining places in our programme will be filled with the highest ranked candidates. Subsequently, applicants on the waiting list will be informed in order whenever places became available.

You will learn whether you are admitted, placed on the waiting list or rejected shortly after your interview. If you are placed on the waiting list, you will be updated after each interview round about the latest status of your application.

Additional interview dates are not possible and late applications will not be considered.

The Selection Committee holds the right to decide in special cases to directly admit candidates into the programme.


Once you have received your admission letter, you can officially enrol as a student at Radboud University. To enrol you must send certified hard copies of the documents mentioned in your admission letter before the enrolment deadline. 

Please secure your place by enrolling as soon as possible! Due to the limited number of places, we will handle a batch-wise admissions procedure (see selection procedure above). Therefore, we advise admitted students to hand in their required documents as soon as possible in order to secure their places in the programme.

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