Research Master's in Philosophy application procedure - International previous education

In order to apply you must first make sure you meet the admission requirements of the Master's you would like to apply for. The application procedure then consists of three steps: creating an enrolment application in Studielink, uploading documents in OSIRIS, then the placement procedure.


  1. Step 1: Create an enrolment application in Studielink

    To apply for a Master’s programme, you have to create an account and an enrolment application in Studielink (the national online registration system for Dutch universities). First you will be asked to fill in your previous education, then select the programme you wish to apply for in the list that appears. In order to submit an enrolment request in Studielink, you will need the following:

    • Your own DigiD account. If you do not (yet) live in the Netherlands, you cannot use DigiD and you will need to log in with a Studielink username and password. Do you live in the Netherlands but do not have a DigiD account? Make sure that you apply for an account well before the application deadline. It usually takes 5 working days for a DigiD account to be activated.
    • Contact information, such as your phone number and email address.

    Apply in Studielink

  2. Step 2: Upload documents in OSIRIS Application

    After you have created an enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with personal login details for OSIRIS Application. You have a maximum of 56 days or until the application deadline to upload your documents and submit a complete application. After this period, if you have not submitted your application, it will be automatically cancelled.

    You will be asked to upload the following documents:

    • Bachelor’s diploma or equivalent

    In OSIRIS Application, list the full, official name of the diploma that you have or will receive. Use the language and name in which the diploma is issued. If you have graduated, we require you to upload your diploma.

    • An official transcript of your Bachelor's degree or equivalent

    If you have not obtained your degree, upload the list of grades received so far. If you have obtained your degree, upload your full and complete transcript of grades. Also, upload the description of the grading scale on the overleaf page of your transcript (if applicable).

    If you have already graduated from your previous education and are currently still studying please upload transcripts and diplomas from all degrees (post-secondary school).

    • Sworn translations of diploma and transcript

    Translations need to be made by an officially recognised translator. Official translations are not required if your diploma and transcript are originally in Dutch, English or German. If your school provides English versions of your documents, upload those along with versions of the documents in the original language.

    • Course description for unfinished courses

    If you have not yet completed your degree, upload a list of the courses that you are currently taking or still need to take, including the course content, the number of hours and the literature used per course, see example below in downloads. Be sure to include information about research courses, practical work and a thesis/internship (if applicable).

    • Course description for finished courses

    Upload a list of all the courses you have taken during your degree, including the course content, the number of hours and the literature used per course, see example below in downloads. Be sure to include information about research courses, practical work and a thesis/internship (if applicable).

    • Personal statement/motivation letter (depending on programme)

    Your personal statement should contain, at least, a brief description of why you have chosen this specific Master's programme and how it fits your previous education.

    For the motivation letter please describe your future plans and what you would like to learn and research at Radboud University. What are the topics of the research you would like to do?  Please be specific about your ambitions and explain how your previous education prepared you for this specific Master's programme. This will allow us to find out if your previous education is appropriate. Last but not least, include your interest in studying at Radboud University (specific disciplines, facilities or other considerations).

    • Writing sample

    A writing sample is any essay, thesis or article that demonstrates your ability to write an academic philosophical text. The writing sample should be in English and preferably in the field of your chosen specialisation. 

    • Reference letter(s)

    Reference letters are required if you are applying for a scholarship and/or a Selective Masters programme and you will be asked to upload them to your OSIRIS Application. Please note, these must be signed and stamped or signed and on official letterhead.

    • Overview of education/experience

    Please upload an overview that contains, in chronological order, information about your education and knowledge/experience acquired during an internship, training, or work; for example, a resume.

    • English language certificate

    You are permitted to apply without a language certificate. However, if you are admitted to the programme and a language certificate is listed as a requirement in your admission email, you will be required to provide proof of proficiency before the enrolment deadline. If you can prove English proficiency through your previous education, a certificate is not required. Visit the language requirements website for full details.

    • Handling fee

    Non-EU/EEA applicants must pay a handling fee before their application can be processed. Visit the handling fee page for full details and how to pay.

  3. Step 3: Participate in the placement procedure

    After you have completed your application in OSIRIS Application, the Admission Board will assess your application. Keep in mind that next to eligibility you must also participate in a placement procedure.

    Have you been admitted to the placement procedure? Then you will receive an email from the Master's programme about what this placement procedure looks like and what actions are expected of you. Based on the placement procedure, it will be assessed whether you will be selected for the Master’s. There are two possible outcomes:

    1. You are offered a place in the Master’s. 
    2. You are not offered a place in the Master’s. Your application in Studielink will be withdrawn and unfortunately you cannot enrol for this programme.

    You will receive the outcome via the email address you entered in Studielink.

    Have you been offered a place in the Master's?

    Congratulations! Then go to the enrolment procedure and follow the steps to enrol.