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Admission requirements Master's degree programme

You will only be able to start a Master's degree programme if you have gained your Bachelor's degree.

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.

Academic year 2021-2022: exemption existing entry requirements

The Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule (‘harde knip’ in Dutch) is the legal provision that states that students must first complete their Bachelor’s or Pre-Master’s programme before they can move on to a Master’s programme. In light of ongoing government measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, many students were not able to study as effectively as they would under normal circumstances. The switch to online teaching and examinations and the different approaches per faculty justify easing the rules for access to the Master’s degree programmes, thus allowing a deviation from the harde knip rule.

The Board of the University of Groningen has decided to maintain the so-called Soft Cut for the academic year 2021-2022. This means that students in the final phase of their bachelors programme may, under certain conditions, get started with their masters programme and limit further delay.


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.

Please note that if you have already been conditionally admitted based on the Soft Cut in the academic year 2020-2021, then you cannot make use of it again in the coming academic year. In that case, you need to finish your bachelor degree before you can start your masters programme

If you think you are eligible, please contact the education support desk of your faculty. They will decide 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


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

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  • 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

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Last modified:09 December 2021 09.53 a.m.
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