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Selection procedure Master programmes

Selection procedure Medical Pharmaceutical Drug Innovation

Step 1: Apply for the programme

Please see the entry requirements for more information. Information about how to apply can be found on our website.

You’ll need to include the following documents in your application:

  • Motivation letter, please mention the following aspects:

- Why do you want to enroll in this programme?

- Describe your expectations and future career plans

- What makes you the right person for this programme?

- Indicate if you would like to apply for a scholarship (non-EU only)

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reference letter from an academic teacher/supervisor
  • Copy of passport
  • Official university transcript which includes a list of all courses taken, the credit hours, the final grade received, an explanation of the grading system used, and an indication of your class rank. This information on study results must also include the grades in courses which you failed.
  • If English is not your native language: language certificate (TOEFL test or equivalence). The English language requirement is not applicable to Dutch students with a “VWO” diploma.
  • Other documents that you think will be useful in furthering your application, such as reports on former research projects.

Step 2: Receive decision whether or not you’re invited to the selection procedure

First, the admissions office will determine if your educational background meets the requirements to be admitted to the University of Groningen.

If you are admissible, your file will be sent to the selection committee. The committee selects students two times a year: after January 14th and after March 1st (non-EU)/May 1st (EU). The committee reviews your application critically and decides if you will be invited to a selection interview.

Whether or not you will be invited to the selection interview depends on a combination of the following factors:

  • Your GPA/grades during your previous studies.
  • Your background and resume.
  • Your motivation letter.

At this point, candidates that are selected to the interview will receive an email with an official invitation.

Step 3: The selection interview

The interview will take place over Skype (so you will not need to travel to Groningen for the interview). The interview takes no longer than 30 minutes.

The interview will consist of the following parts:

  • A 5-10-minute general discussion on the qualifications and motivations of the candidate
  • A 5-10-minute presentation on a research project the candidate has done during their previous studies
  • A 5-10-minute presentation on a paper that will be sent to you one week before the interview

After the interview, the candidates will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The candidates' motivation: is the candidate sufficiently motivated to study MPDI specifically?
  • The quality of the research done during the candidates' previous studies.
  • Can the candidate present research done during their bachelors in a clear way?
  • The candidates' English language capabilities

Step 4: Final Decision

After two to three weeks, the selection committee will make a decision about the candidate and inform the admissions office. The admissions office will then let the candidate know if they have been admitted or not with an official letter.

Selection procedure Clinical Psychosocial Epidemiology

Step 1: Apply for the programme

Please see the entry requirements for more information. Information about how to apply can be found on our website.

You will need to include the following documents in your application:

  • Motivation letter, please mention the following aspects:
    • Why do you want to enroll in this programme?
    • What makes you the right person for this programme?
    • Describe your expectations and future career plans.
    • Indicate if you want to apply for a scholarship (non-EU only).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Reference letter from an academic teacher/supervisor
  • Copy of passport
  • Official university transcript, which includes a list of all courses taken, the credit hours, the final grade received, an explanation of the grading system used, and an indication of your class rank. This information on study results must also include the grades in courses which you failed.
  • If English is not your native language: language certificate (TOEFL test or equivalence). The English language requirement is not applicable to Dutch students with a “VWO” diploma.
  • Other documents that you think will be useful in furthering your application, such as reports on former research projects.

Step 2: Receive decision whether or not you are invited to the selection procedure

First, the admissions office will determine if your educational background meets the requirements to be admitted to the University of Groningen.

If you are admissible, your file will be sent to the selection committee. The committee selects students two times a year: after January 14th and after March 1st (non-EU)/May 1st (EU). The committee reviews your application critically and decides if you will be invited to a selection interview and the entrance exam.

Whether or not you will be invited to the selection procedure depends on a combination of the following factors:

  • Your GPA/grades during your previous studies.
  • Your background and resume.
  • Your motivation letter.

At this point, candidates that are selected to the interview and exam will receive an email with an official invitation.

Step 3: The selection interview and entrance exam

It is possible to conduct the interview over Skype (so you will not need to travel to Groningen for the interview). The interview takes about 30 minutes.

During the interview, students must give a short research presentation (preferably about their Bachelor’s project), which is followed by a discussion. Furthermore, a student can elaborate on their future ambitions and motivate their choice to apply to the CPE programme.

In addition, students that are invited to the interview will also have to take an entrance exam in which their statistical knowledge will be tested. In order to let students know what they can expect, a mock version of the exam will be made available.

After the selection, the candidates will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The candidates' motivation: is the candidate sufficiently motivated to study CPE specifically?
  • The quality of the research done during the candidates' previous studies.
  • Can the candidate present research done during their bachelors in a clear way?
  • The candidates' English language capabilities
  • The candidates score on the exam: is the candidates' knowledge of statistics sufficient?

Candidates who are positively evaluated based on the interview and who pass the statistics exam are admitted to the programme.

Step 4: Final Decision

After two to three weeks, the selection committee will make a decision about the candidate and inform the admissions office. The admissions office will then let the candidate know if they have been admitted or not with an official letter.

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Last modified:07 November 2018 12.25 p.m.