The MSc programme at the university is given in the English language and all applicants must provide recent evidence of their spoken and written command of English.
The following qualifications are acceptable as evidence of proficiency in English for entry to the MSc programmes (for non-EU/EFTA nationals):
|Master programmes - English Level 1||Master programmes - English Level 2|
|Animal Sciences, Aquaculture and Marine Resource Management, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biosystems Engineering, Biotechnology, Climate Studies, Earth and Environment, Environmental Sciences, Food Technology, Food Technology (online master specialisation), Forest and Nature Conservation, Geo-information Science, International Land and Water Management, Landscape Architecture and Planning, Leisure Tourism and Environment, Molecular Life Sciences, Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health (online master specialisation), Nutrition and Health, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Breeding (online master specialisation), Plant Sciences, Urban Environmental Management, Water Technology.||Applied Communication Science, Development and Rural Innovation, Food Quality Management, Food Safety, International Development Studies, Management Economics and Consumer Studies, Metropolitan Analysis Design and Engineering, Organic Agriculture.|
|Level 1||Level 2|
|IELTS||overall grade 6.0 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)||Overall grade 6.5 (with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 for speaking)|
|TOEFL||internet-based 80 (with a minimum sub-score of 20 for speaking)||internet-based 92 (with a minimum sub-score of 23 for speaking)|
|Cambridge FCE||pass at grade B or above||pass at grade A|
|Cambridge CAE||pass at grade C or above||pass at grade C or above|
|Cambridge CPE||pass at grade C or above||pass at grade C or above|
Applicants who do not meet the standard level requirement will not be admitted to the programme.
IELTS, TOEFL tests should have been taken no longer than two years prior to the application.
1. Applicants who have completed their Bachelor or Master degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Ireland, Canada (except those educated at universities in Quebec), New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America are exempted from submitting an English proficiency test.
2. Applicants who have completed a Dutch University College may submit a signed statement from the university, stating that the medium of instruction during the complete Bachelor’s programme was English.
3. Nationals of one of the following countries, Botswana, Bhutan, Caribbean, Cameroon, Cyprus, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Gambia, The Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe who have completed their Bachelor or Master degree in their home country are strongly encouraged to submit a sufficient result of an English proficiency test. If this is not possible, a signed statement from the university that the medium of instruction during the complete Bachelor’s programme they followed was English is required.
All other applicants need to submit sufficient result of an English proficiency test as per the requirements.
Please note! The admission committee reserves the right to request any applicant to submit an English language proficiency test.
Students from China are required to submit an IELTS certificate or a TOEFL-IBT in accordance with the visa requirements. More information regarding the Nuffic certificate can be found on the website of Nuffic.
Please note: For admission to the master programmes, our English requirements for applicants from Bangladesh have changed. Bangladeshi will be required to submit sufficient English language test results (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge).
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements can study one of the English Foundation Programmes or English Summer Course at the Holland International Study Centre.