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Thinking about enrolling in Molecular Life Sciences at HAN? Want to know if you meet the requirements? Find out the costs and possible scholarships? Get all the answers on this page.
Want to enroll in Molecular Life Sciences at HAN? There are 3 main admission requirements. These are your prior education, your lab research experience and English fluency. In addition, you will need an internship placement. The education program can help you in finding one.
You need to have one of the following:
- Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Life Sciences or Higher Laboratory Education
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Life Sciences or comparable discipline
- Another diploma (e.g. technicians diploma from Germany) but you have developed to bachelor level, e.g. through work experience. Your qualifications at bachelor level will be tested during an assessment procedure. Click on the link below for the assessment procedure.
- Assesment procedure non-bachelor (PDF)
Certificate and transcript
Apart from your bachelor certificate, we need an official transcript of all the courses you followed. Still doing your bachelor? Then send an official list of the courses and grades so far.
Lab research experience
We want to be sure the program is a good match for you professionally. And that you're a suitable candidate for an internship company. After all, they will hire you as an intern for 2 years.
Therefore, you must have worked in lab research projects for at least 5 months during or after your bachelor education program.
Your degree certificate and your transcript or list of courses needs to be in Dutch, English or German. Need a translation? Make sure you get a sworn translation.
To prove your proficiency in English, you have to do a language test. We accept:
- TOEFL iBT score of 90 or higher*
- IELTS score of 6.5 or higer
- Cambridge FCE Grade B minimum score 176
*Please note that home editions are not accepted. Only tests taken at an examination center are considered. Also, you can ask ETS TOEFL to send us your score directly by using the HAN University of Applied Sciences code: 7832.
Exemption to the language test requirement
You don't have to do a language test if:
- You have completed one of these baccalaureate programs: International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), International Baccalaureate Careers-Related Program (IBCP) or European Baccalaureate (English Language 1 or 2).
- You completed your secondary or tertiary education in English in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (not including Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, U.S.A., U.K.
- You have one of the diplomas on this Nuffic list and English was part of the curriculum.
- Your bachelor certificate and official transcript of your courses
- Proof of your level of English language proficiency
- One letter of recommendation. Please use the format provided below.
- CV, including
- Molecular / cell biology and biochemistry methods you have experience with.
- Description of research and development projects you contributed to (must be at least 5 months) and your role in these.
- One letter of recommendation. Please use this format.
- Motivation letter, including:
- What are your future plans and what would you like to learn from the program?
- Why did you choose this type of master degree?
- What makes you a good candidate for this program?
- What appeals to you about the combination of theory and workplace learning?
- What makes you suitable for this combination?
A good fit?
Wondering if Molecular Life Sciences is a good fit for you? Visit an Open Day or Open Evening. Not possible? Request a meeting and talk to one of our staff members. We can discuss your background and see whether this program is a good fit for you.
Apply in 7 steps
Are you ready to apply for the Master in Molecular Life Sciences? Here we guide you through the 7 steps of the application process.
Do you meet the admission criteria? Then you can apply.
Apply on Studielink before:
15 August* 1 May
* This is the deadline if you have an approved internship position. Don't have an approved position yet? Then apply a.s.a.p. and no later than 1 June.
Read the Step-by-step guide to Studielink (in PDF).
- After you apply in Studielink, you'll receive an email from HAN confirming your application. This email will be sent to the email address you entered in Studielink.Haven't received the email? Also not in your junk folder? Contact us so we can work out what's wrong.
Emails about your application will be sent from this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Add this address as a safe sender in your mail program right away. That way info about your application won’t end up in your junk folder.
- If you still need to submit information, you will receive an email about it. This will also contain your login information for “My Application”.
- Log in to "My Application" to submit documents or details. You can also see the status of your submitted information here.
- It’s possible you only need to upload a passport photo. We use the photo for your HAN card, which you will need for all facilities on campus.
- Have you applied for more than one program? Then you will see what info you still need to submit per program.
The program representatives review your application and documents. You might be asked for additional information. Eventually, you will be invited for and interview. During the interview, we also discuss internship options. After that, you apply for internship positions. Staff of the degree program can support you in this process. Then you are informed whether you’ve been accepted.
Ready to finalize your enrollment and become a HAN student? The final step, after submitting all necessary documents, is paying your tuition fee. Find out more about how to pay your tuition fee.
- Make sure you've finished steps 2, 3 and 4 before starting your program. Preferably a few weeks before. That way your enrollment is confirmed in time and you have access to all the facilities from the start of your studies.
- Go to Studielink to see if your enrollment in the program is confirmed.
Your tuition fee depends on your nationality. And whether you already earned a master degree in the Netherlands. Nationalities within the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) generally pay a lower tuition fee. The table below shows this as EU/EEA. This includes all EU countries plus Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland. Students from Suriname also pay this lower fee. Check out our page about tuition fees for more information.
Tuition fees for Molecular Life Sciences
Student from EU/EEA or Suriname
EU/EEA student with master degree from Dutch institution
Financial guarantee (non-EU/EEA)
The cost of living in the Netherlands may be very different from in your home country. That’s why you're required to pay a financial guarantee. This amount covers your tuition fee and your cost of living. Paying this ensures you have sufficient funds to live and study in the Netherlands. The financial guarantee is a requirement of the visa process.
Awarding excellence HAN Scholarships
Interested in studying Molecular Life Sciences at HAN? From outside the EU/EEA? Not sure how to raise the funds to pay the tuition fee? HAN offers 2 types of scholarships to talented master students. The HAN Orange Tulip Scholarship and the Holland Scholarship. They’re offered in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Education and Science.
Cost of Living
Planning to study in the Netherlands? As a rule of thumb, you need about €1000 a month as a student in Arnhem or Nijmegen to live comfortably. Want to know more about monthly expenses and how to save money? Read more on our cost of living page. Are you interested in combining study with work? Check out our page about working in the Netherlands.
|What||Approx. cost per month|
|Renting a furnished room + utilities||€400 to €675|
|Books and study materials||€340 (per year)|
|Public transport||€50 to €100|
Got a question? Just ask HAN!
Next page: Practical information
Do you need a visa? How do you arrange student accommodation? And what about insurances and public transport? Get all the practical info here.