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Registration Master's degree programme

This registration procedure explains step-by-step how you can apply and register for a Master's degree programme with a Dutch qualification.

Deadline

Deadline differs per master's degree programme

The deadline can be found on the page of the Master's degree programme you have chosen.

Checklist

When is my registration official?

You will be officially enrolled when all requirements on the checklist have been completed befor the start of the degree programme.

  • You meet the admission requirements of the degree programme you have chosen.
  • You have submitted an enrollment request to Studielink before the deadline.
  • Your personal details and previous education have been verified.
  • You have arranged the payment of the tuition fees before the deadline.

Steps of registration procedure

1. Check the admission requirements

Completed Bachelor's degree programme

You will only be able to start a Master's degree programme if you have obtained your Bachelor's degree ('harde knip'). This means that you must have passed all components of your Bachelor's degree programme. This measure applies to all students, including students on pre-master's and bridging programmes. In addition, there may be additional admission requirements and some master's programs even have selective admission.

More information about additional admission requirements can be found on the Master's en PhD degree programmes pages.

Academic year 2022-2023: exemption existing entry requirements

In the current academic year, students at the University of Groningen and other educational institutions once again had to deal with corona measures, as a result of which education was still partly provided online and study delays as a result of the measures could occur. Normally, it is only possible to start your master's degree after you have graduated for your bachelor's degree. Due to the corona crisis, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has again decided that this entry requirement may be relaxed by universities.

For this reason, the Executive Board of the University of Groningen has decided to maintain the so-called 'Soft Cut' again for the coming academic year (2022-2023). This means that from 1 September 2022, students in the final phase of their Bachelor's degree programme or pre-master's programme may under condition start their Master's degree programme if the Bachelor's degree programme or pre-master has not yet been completed, so that they can already take master's courses and reduce the study delay as much as possible.

Conditions

Of course, there are certain conditions to these measures. These can differ per faculty of programme. You may only start if you have met the specific conditions of your faculty.

Have you already been conditionally admitted on the basis of the Soft Cut scheme in the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 academic year? Then you cannot be re-admitted via the Soft Cut before the 2022-2023 academic year. This applies to the further education for which you were conditionally admitted in 2020-2021 or 2021-2022, as well as to any new further education. In that case, you must meet the admission requirements before the start of the follow-up programme(s).

If you think you are eligible, please contact the education support desk of your faculty. The admissions committee then determines whether or not you meet the requirements.

Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy
Faculty of Science and Engineering

Questions?

For more information, please contact the education support desk of your faculty.

Selective Master's degree programmes

Some of the Master's degree programmes of the University of Groningen have a selective admission. This means that you must both meet the admission requirements and successfully complete a selection procedure in order to be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

Do you have a non-Dutch qualifications?

Dan moet eerst beoordeeld worden of je diploma toelating geeft tot de masteropleiding.

Ga naar de Admissions Guide voor meer informatie over de aanmelding- en toelatingsprocedure.

2. Register in Studielink

Submit your application to Studielink before deadline

The deadline can be found on the page of the Master's degree programme you have chosen.

What should I do?

  • You can register with Studielink, if you follow your Bachelor's degree at the University of Groningen and you want to do the follow-on Master's degree.
  • Contact the faculty that offers your chosen Master's degree programme if you:
    • want to register for a Master's degree programme that is not directly related to your bchelor's degree programme.
    • obtained your Bachelor's degree at another University in the Netherlands.
    • have completed a higher professional education.

    You need an admission certificate to be registered. Once you have received your admission certificate, you can submit an enrollment request.

    For more information, please contact the study advisor. For MSc Pharmacy, the admission ticket is issued via the Education Support Desk (esc.fse rug.nl).

Exceptions
  • Faculty of Economics and Business. For more information, visit the Step 2: How to apply page on the faculty website.
  • Faculty of Arts: for some master's degree programmes you must register in a different way than via Studielink
Starting dates Master's degree programmes

Master's degree programmes have a number of set starting dates. This means that you may only register for a Master's degree programme as of one of these dates and you will not be able to start the programme if you have not registered and paid your tuition fees by that date.

Faculty Start course

Economics and Business

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

  • Master's degree programme Fiscale Economie: 1 september (As of September 2017 for the MSc in Economics of Taxation reregistration only is possible)
  • Research Master' in Economics and Business: 1 September
1 September and 1 February

Behavioural and Social Sciences

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

  • Research master Behavioural and Social Sciences: 1 september
  • Deafblindness: 1 september
  • Social Networks in a Sustainable Society : 1 september
  • Learning in Interaction: 1 september
  • Master track Clinical Forensic Psychology and Victimology: 1 september
  • Master track Clinical Psychology: 1 september
1 September and 1 February

Theology and Religious Studies

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

  • Master's degree programme Theology & Religious Studies (research): 1 September
1 September and 1 February

Arts

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

1 September and 1 February

Medical Sciences

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

  • Master's degree programme Medicine: every first of the month
1 September and 1 February

Law

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

1 September, 1 February and 1 March

Spatial Sciences

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

  • Real Estate Studies - 1 September
  • Economic Geography: Regional Competitiveness and Trade (track) - 1 September
1 September and 1 February

Philosophy

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

1 September and 1 February

Science and Engineering

The Master's degree programmes at this faculty.

Exception:

  • Artificial Intelligence: 1 September
  • Behavioural & Cognitive Neurosciences: 1 September
  • Biology: 1 September
  • Biomedical Engineering: 1 September
  • Biomedical Sciences: 1 September
  • Biomolecular Sciences: 1 September
  • Chemistry: 1 September
  • Ecology & Evolution: 1 September
  • Energy & Environmental Sciences: 1 September
  • Human-Machine Communication: 1 September
  • Industrial Engineering and Management 1 September
  • Marine Biology: 1 September
  • Mechanical Engineering: 1 September
  • Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences: 1 September
  • Nanoscience: 1 September
  • Science Education and Communication: 1 September
1 September en 1 Februari
Registration problems with Studielink

You need a Studielink account if you want to register for a degree programme at the University of Groningen. When creating an account, your personal data will be verified.

Create your account on time

In order to register for your degree programme in time, you must create your Studielink account well in advance of the application deadline of your chosen degree programme. The application deadline can be found on the degree programme page.

Verification personal details in Studielink

In order to create a Studielink account your personal details must first be verified.

Do you have a Dutch residential address?

If you have an official home address in the Netherlands, you must create an account by logging in with your DigiD. Your personal details are automatically verified via DigiD.

Do you not have a DigiD?

If you do not have a DigiD and cannot apply for a DigiD, your identity will need to be verified by another means in order to create a Studielink account. You must upload a scan or photo of you passport or European identity card in Studielink, where its legitimacy and completeness will be checked.

If you are unable to scan your ID or if you run into other difficulties, please check the Verification personal details & Studielink page or report your issue to Studielink.

What requirements must your ID card meet?

Your passport or European identity card must have a so-called Machine Readable Zone (MRZ). These are two lines at the bottom of your ID (see image below). This is stated on the front of the passport, on the European identity card these lines often can be foun on the back.

If your ID does not have a MRZ, please apply for a passport or European identity card with your local government autority.

Example: Machine Readable Zone
Example: Machine Readable Zone
Studielink cannot solve your problem

If you are unable to resolve the matter with Studielink, you can submit your problem to Student Information & Administration using this form.

3. Make sure your personal details are verified

Verification personal details

Your personal details must be verified before the RUG can register you. In principle, the verification takes place when creating a Studielink account.

Do you have a Dutch residential address?

If you have an official home adress in the Netherlands, you mus create an account by logging in with your DigiD. Your personal data is automatically verified via DigiD.

Do you not have a DigiD?

If you do not have a DigiD and cannot apply for a DigiD, your identity will need to be verified by another means in order to create a Studielink account. You must upload a scan or photo of your passport or European identity card in Studielink, where its legitimacy and completeness will be checked.

Do you have a Studielink account?

Then your personal details have already been verified when you created this account.

4. Pay your tuition fees on time

Pay your tuition fees before the start date of the degree programme

Vanaf juni kun je in Studielink aangeven hoe je het collegegeld wilt betalen. Je ontvangt hierover een e-mail.

Vervolgens betaal je het collegegeld, lever je de BBC in of geef je een (digitale) machtiging af voor startdatum opleiding.

Bijvoorbeeld:

  • Startdatum 1 september, dan moet de betaling uiterlijk op 31 augustus binnen zijn.
  • Startdatum 1 februari, dan moet de betaling uiterlijk op 31 januari binnen zijn.
What happens if I pay too late?

Dan wordt je niet ingeschreven.

Zwaarwegende persoonlijke omstandigheden

Heb je niet op tijd betaald wegens zwaarwegende persoonlijke omstandigheden? In sommige gevallen kun je met terugwerkende kracht worden ingeschreven. Dien via dit formulier een verzoek in. Kies bij onderwerp de optie 'registratie en betaling na 1 september'. Vergeet niet om bewijsstukken toe te voegen die je verzoek ondersteunen

Consequenties voor de periode dat je niet stond ingeschreven:
  • terugbetalen ten onrechte ontvangen studiefinanciering.
  • betalen van boete voor het onrechtmatig gebruik van je OV-studentenkaart.
  • gemaakte tentamens zijn ongeldig.

Practical information

UG account

Every one who registers for a degree programme at the UG via Studielink is allocated a University account.

More information

Go to the University account faq page for more information.

University card

You will receive a one-off University card that is valid for your entire study career. Did you deregistrated? Then you can no longer use the University cared.

When will I receive the University card?

You will receive the RUG pass within 2 weeks after you are officially registered and have uploaded a passport photo.

Upload passport photo for new UG students

The University card will include a passport photo, which you must upload yourself via:

For more information about your UG account, go to: When will I receive my RUG account?

Where do I receive the RUG pass?

  • Do you have a Dutch address? Then the University card will be sent to this address.
  • Is there no Dutch address known to us? Then you will receive an e-mail when you can pick up the University card from Student Information & Administration.

More information

Statement of enrollment?

You will automatically receive the statement of enrollment by e-mail within 2 working days after your registration is official.

From the moment that you are officially registered, you can download a statement of enrollment via

You can use the statement of enrollment for non-university bodies such as insurance companies, health insurers, pension or orphan funds, travel companies, etc. In addition, a student association may also ask for a statement of enrollment.

A statement of enrollment with an official university stamp is issued by the Student Information & Administration.

What should I do if I don't want to start my degree programme?

Befor start of programme

You can cancel your registration via Studielink up until the starting date of your programme. Any tuition fees you have paid will be reimbursed in full.

For example:

  • starting date is 1 September, then you can cancel your registration until 31 August.
  • starting date is 1 February, then you can cancel your registration until 31 January.
Do you receive a student grant from DUO?

To avoid financial problems you must notify DUO that you have cancelled your registration.

Questions?

Please contact the Student Information & Administration.

After start of programme

You cannot cancel your registration after the degree programme has started, but you can deregister.

More information can be found on the Deregistration page.

More information

University of Groningen Regulations for Registration and Tuition fees

The 'University of Groningen Regulations for Registration and Tuition Fees' set out the (legal) conditions for registration and tuition fees at the University of Groningen. The regulations are based on the Higher Eduction and Research Act ('Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek; WHW) and replace the 'University of Groningen Implementation Regulations'.

Questions? Please contact Student Information & Administration

Need more information? Please contact the Student Information & Administration

FAQ enrollment and tuition fees

Go to the FAQ enrollment and tuition fees page for an overview of frequently asked questions about registration and tuition fees.


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