This page specifically describes the previous knowledge and skills required for admission to the Biosystems Engineering programme. For the additional general admission requirements of Wageningen University & Research, application deadlines and the application procedure, visit How to apply for a master's programme?
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Purpose and reason for the admission requirements
The admission requirements for the master's programme Biosystems Engineering are defined in such a way that the prospective students should be able to complete the programme nominally in two years. The goal of the programme is to analyse, model and design biosystems based on physical mathematical knowledge. Therefore, a solid basis in these subjects is required to follow the advanced courses in the master’s programme.
The criterion used for admission is
a WUR BSc degree in Biosystems Engineering, or equivalent.
The norm for this equivalence is
≥60 ECTS in Engineering, including:
- (Quantitative) modelling skills
- Programming skills (for example MatLab, Python or R)
- Mathematics (system theory, linear algebra, first order differential equations)
- Statistics ((multiple) linear regression, formulation of hypotheses, non-parametric tests, contingency and chi-squared tests)
Not all topics mentioned need to be mastered at the same level; they will be weighed by the Admission Board per individual application.
Method of assessment whether this norm is met
- Transcript of records displaying the content of previous course subjects and project work;
- Curriculum vitae displaying relevant work, internship and/or project experience on an academic level in a relevant field if applicable.
Scores attributed by the Admission Board
Admitted / not admitted / admitted under condition obtaining the BSc or MSc degree / not admitted with offer of pre-master
The Admission Board may allow and/or suggest compensation of knowledge gaps by:
- a GPA≥7.0* for the previous education for small discrepancies as new knowledge is sufficiently easily acquired;
- a GPA≥7.0* and an individual pre-master's programme for larger discrepancies that can be compensated in ≤30 ECTS and one year of study.
*Check the general admissions page for the International credentials evaluation guide for international equivalencies to a Dutch GPA>7.0. This guide includes compensating factors for a slightly lower GPA the Admission Board may include in their judgement.
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