Admission and application

If you want to follow the specialisation Microbiology, you have to be admitted to the Master’s in Biology. The Admission Office will consider whether you have met the requirements.

Two-step selection procedure

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

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Selection procedure

This programme is designed for highly motivated and ambitious students that want to pursue a (research) career in environmental or medical Microbiology.  

Step 1 – Paper based assessment  

Each individual application will be carefully assessed with regard to prior qualifications. Within approximately 3 weeks you will be notified if you will be invited for an interview or if you have been rejected. 

Please note: We recommend you to start the application procedure well before the above-mentioned deadlines, since on the deadline dates you need to have provided all requested documents and submitted your completed application. 

Step 2 – Online interview 

If you passed the paper based assessment, you will be invited for a personal online interview with two lecturers. This interview is not an exam; no preparation in the form of study is needed, as you should have already gained the required knowledge during your bachelor’s studies. Further inquiries will be in relation to your bachelor’s thesis/internships, hands-on lab experiences, the interview also assesses the communicative behaviour, capacity for team-work, critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills. 

Approximately 2 weeks after the interview you will learn whether you are admitted, placed on the waiting list* or rejected. 

The interviews will be conducted in batches.  

  • Batch 1: between 3 - 10 April 2024
    For Non-EU/EEA candidates running an application for Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP), Radboud Encouragement Scholarship (RES) and/or Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (OTS) 

  • Batch 2: between 1-8 May 2024
    For non-EU/EEA candidates without a scholarship application 

  • Batch 3: between 5-12 June 2024
    For EU/EEA candidates, candidates with a Dutch Bachelor's degree or a Pre-Master's degree  

*In case an admitted student withdraws, the highest ranked student on the waiting list will be invited to enrol. 

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.

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.

The information above is subject to change. 


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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