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Application procedure

As the number of places in the Master's Honours programme is limited, admission is done by selection. The steps of the procedure are:

  1. Check minimum requirements
  2. Apply
  3. After applying

1. Admission requirements

In order to quality for admission to the Honours Master, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • you are registered as a student on a Master's degree programme at the University of Groningen, for the full length of the Master's Honours Programme. For exchange students it is not possible to join the programme, with some exceptions (for example a Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme). Please contact the faculty coordinator for the possibilities before handing in your application file;
  • you have a Bachelor’s degree with good to outstanding results, including a Bachelor’s thesis (or other final-year Bachelor’s project) with an above-average mark;
  • good oral and written skills in English. Dutch students meet this requirement if they have passed their final secondary-school examination in English. Non Dutch students need to have passed one of these tests: a paper-based TOEFL test score of 580 (PBT), TOEFL 92 internet-based (IBT) or a computer-based TOEFL score of 237 (CBT). Equivalent test scores: IELTS 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency A, B, C (Cambridge Advanced English, CAE), a C1/C2 for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) English test.
  • you are motivated to achieve the goals of the programme: you want to develop and excel in the field of leadership and interdisciplinary approaches, and you are prepared to make extra commitments to achieve this;
  • you have the potential to complete the Master’s Honours programme within the specified period, i.e. two consecutive semesters. This means, if your Master's degree is a one year programme, you will have to start with the Honours programme in the same semester as the start of your Master's degree programme. If your Master’s degree programme comprises two or more years, your Honours programme may start in another year as long as you have planned two consecutive semesters with a (nearly) full workload for both Master programmes;
  • you have certain personal qualities, such as wide-ranging interests and the capacity for reflection and self-reflection; you are proactive, determined and independent.

2. Apply

Applicants are assessed on the following general criteria:

  • reasons for seeking admission to the programme: what are your ambitions and motivations, what will you bring to the programme?
  • all study results in higher education to date;
  • your potential in terms of completing the programme within the specified period (two consecutive semesters).

To apply for a position in the Master’s Honours programme you must walk-through the following steps:

  1. make sure you request access before Friday the 13 September 2019, 4pm to the Student Portal organization ‘Honours College Master Selection procedure’ (form opens June 2019). Withing a few days after submitting the form the organization will be added to your Student Portal;
  2. upload your application file (see below) before Sunday the 15 September 2019, 4pm in a single file (Word or PDF format).

Your application file must include the following:

  • a brief letter of motivation in English (max. 500 words) stating why you wish to be admitted, your expectations, interests and ambitions, what you can offer the Master’s Honours programme and what you hope to gain from it;
  • a curriculum vitae (chronologically ordered), preferably including a passport photo;
  • an overview of all study results at higher education level obtained so far, including the marks for examinations you have not passed;
  • at least one reference letter that will help to convince the Admissions Board that you are suited for the Master's Honours programme 'Leadership: making the difference!';
  • other documents relevant to your application (e.g. a certificate for a Bachelor’s Honours degree).

3. After applying

  1. based on the application file that you have uploaded in the Student Portal organization, the faculty Honours coordinator will decide whether to invite the student for an interview;
  2. students who are not selected for an interview will be informed as soon as possible;
  3. students who are selected for an interview will be notified of the date and time within a short period after submission;
  4. early October we will let you know whether you have been admitted to the Honours College. We will inform you well before the official start of the Master's Honours programme: the festive Opening Ceremony.
Last modified:19 March 2019 2.26 p.m.