Apply for master programme Wageningen

How to apply for a master's programme?

Are you ready to start your journey as a student in Wageningen? You can make an application at Wageningen University & Research via Studielink after which you can upload your documents in our application portal Osiris. You can find the process, deadlines, where and how to apply and the admission requirements below.

Application deadlines and admission requirements

Starting in February 2022

The following master's programmes start in February 2022:

  • Biosystems Engineering*
  • Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Forest and Nature Conservation
  • Plant Sciences

*While it is possible to start in February, it is recommended to start in September. That way, you will start with the three compulsory courses that give you an overview about the different fields of Biosystems Engineering and you have the best chance to finish your program in two years’ time

Application Deadlines
NL/EU/EFTA students Non-EU/Non-EFTA students
Application in Studielink 15 November 2021 15 September 2021
Submit application documents in application portal 1 December 2021 1 October 2021

Please note that there are different application deadlines if you wish to be eligible for a scholarship, please check the website.

Starting in September 2022

Application via Studielink will open in October 2021.

Application Deadlines
NL/EU/EFTA students Non-EU/Non-EFTA students students online masters
Application in Studielink June 15, 2022 April 15, 2022 June 15, 2022
Submit application documents in application portal July 1, 2022 May 1, 2022 July 1, 2022

Please note that there are different application deadlines if you wish to be eligible for a scholarship, please check the website.

Admission requirements

The general admission requirements apply to all our MSc programmes. Individual MSc programmes may add specific requirements in addition to the general requirements. Please check the ‘admission and application’ details per MSc programme for further information.

Enrolment in a MSc programme at Wageningen University & Research requires:
1. A bachelor degree or equivalent in a field of science relevant to your selected programme.
2. Sufficient academic performance throughout your BSc degree, as shown by an average unweighted mark that meets the required minimum, as determined in the International credentials evaluation guide.
3. Meet our English language requirements (see below).

How to apply

Step 1: Select your programme(s) in Studielink

Students who want to make an application at Wageningen University & Research need to apply first via Studielink. Please note that you may apply for two different programs per intake, please choose your program(s) of choice well, prior to applying in studielink.

There is no need to upload any of your personal documents in Studielink, however it is very important that you enter your personal and academic details correctly. If you are currently in the final stages of your Bachelor's degree than please do add that program to your prior education in Studielink.

Step 2: Upload your documents in the application portal (Osiris)

After you have submitted your request for enrolment in Studielink. You will receive an email from Wageningen University & Research with a student number and information on how to log in to our Osiris application portal. Please check your SPAM emailbox to prevent miscommunication.

1. Bachelor's degree: A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in its original language + a certified English translation, when the original language is other than English or Dutch.

Not graduated yet?

If you are in the final year of your Bachelor programme, then please upload the most recent academic transcript. The Admission board can conditionally admit applicants based on a transcript of their academic records.

2. Transcript of academic records: You need to upload an original complete/up to date list of your marks obtained during your bachelor/master + a sworn translation if the original is not in English or Dutch. It should include your name, logo and official stamp of your university.

3. English Language Requirements: The medium of instruction of all our Master programmes is the English language. All applicants are required to provide proof of their English proficiency. Unless you can be exempted you will have to provide us with one of the official tests accepted by Wageningen University & Research.

Please be aware that Wageningen University & Research distinguishes between two levels of English proficiency. When applying, make sure that you meet the minimum test results that are needed for your programme(s) of choice.

We would like to emphasize that proof of English proficiency needs to be uploaded before the respective deadlines. In case you fail to upload before the deadlines, your application will not be taken into consideration. Note: Wageningen University & Research does not conditionally admit students, awaiting their proof of English proficiency.

Please note: The language requirements for our MSc programmes have changed. From September 2022 onwards our exemption list has been shortened. If you have previously been admitted to one of our programmes while being exempted for providing proof of your English proficiency please carefully check our exemption list. New applications will have to meet the new requirements, you will not be automatically admitted again.

4. Statement of motivation/purpose: In this document you explain why you wish to enroll in the chosen programme(s) and, if applicable, you give an indication of the programme’s practical value to your profession (one page maximum and in English).

5. Curriculum Vitae of brief personal history: A typed Curriculum Vitae or brief personal history (in English) with a maximum of 2 pages. There is no basic Curriculum Vitae structure you need to use.

6. Optional, other documents: It is optional to upload any document in English or Dutch that may enable the Academic Committee to better judge your application. For example: Summary of your Bachelor Thesis report (two pages maximum) or an official letter of recommendation from your professor or employer. The documents should include contact details of your academic supervisor. Official letters of recommendation can also be send directly from your professor or employer to ssc@wur.nl mentioning your name, date of birth and country of origin.

Step 3: After your application

1. Check if your application is complete and no documents are missing: Your application and uploaded documents will be evaluated by the admission office once you have uploaded and submitted documents in the application portal. You will be informed via email (within two weeks of submitting your documents) if one of your uploaded documents has been rejected or if we require additional information regarding your application. Please check your SPAM emailbox to prevent miscommunication. Please always keep in mind the deadlines as mentioned on this page.

2. Wait for the results: Your application will be forwarded to the admission board once all your documents have been checked by the admission office. You will be notified of the result via email within 6- 8 weeks.

3. Procedure for submitting an appeal: When you disagree with the decision about your admission to a degree programme, you may submit an appeal. You will follow the procedure stated underneath.

A) Get in touch with the Admissions Office through this contact form. Indicate that you do not agree with the decision and ask for an explanation.

B) The Admissions Office will reply and will refer you to the concerning Admissions Committee if necessary. If you are unable to reach a solution within 3 to 4 weeks, you may consider to start a formal procedure to submit an appeal.

C) You have to submit your formal appeal within 6 weeks after the initial decision about your admission was made. Visit this webpage for more information about submitting an appeal.

PLEASE NOTE: The appeal period is not suspended during steps A and B!