Admission and application Labour Law and Employment Relations

Thank you very much for considering the Master in Labour Law and Employment Relations. On this page you will find all relevant information in order to apply to this program.

Please note

Applicants with a Dutch nationality AND a Dutch diploma will need to follow the national procedure.

You must follow the application procedure below:

  • If you have a non-Dutch nationality OR
  • If you have a Dutch nationality and are applying for this program on the basis of a diploma awarded by an institution outside the Netherlands.

Step 1: Check your eligibility

Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following requirements:

  • You have a Bachelor's degree in Law, Social Sciences (like Sociology, Organization Studies, Economics) or Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Law.
  • You have an adequate knowledge of English before the start of this Master's program. In order to prove your English proficiency you need to take (or have taken) one of the following tests:
    • Academic IELTS (minimum score 6.5 overall, minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts);
    • TOEFL (minimum score of 90 for the internet based test, TOEFL institutional code of Tilburg University is 9860);
    • Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE, score A, B or C) or Cambridge Advanced English (CAE, score A, B or C).

You are exempt from an English test if:

  • You are a native English speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America;
  • You completed all your secondary education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America;
  • You completed all your university education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Step 2: Consider the application deadline

Please make sure that you submit your application well in time, even if you have not yet made up your mind whether you want to do the program or not. That way you will receive the admission documents with plenty of time to spare.

Starting end of August 2018

  • NON-EU/EEA: April 1st 2018
  • EU/EEA: July 1st 2018
  • Dutch Students: August 1st 2018

Starting end of January 2018

  • NON-EU/EEA: October 1st 2017
  • EU/EEA: December 1st 2017
  • Dutch Students: January 1st 2018

Step 3: Prepare your application package

In order to prepare your application, you will need a digital version of the following documents:

  • Your diploma(s) and transcript(s). If you have not obtained your diploma yet (but you will obtain it before the start of the program), please upload a certified copy of your most recent transcript + a list of courses you still need to finish. If your diploma(s) and transcript(s) are not in English language, you will need to provide a sworn translation into English of these documents;
  • Proof of your English proficiency. An academic IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Proficiency Examination or Cambridge Advanced English certificate;
  • A letter of motivation (free format);
  • Your Curriculum Vitae;
  • A photocopy of a valid passport (your passport should be valid at least until the end of the Master's program) or ID-card (only for EEA/EU students);

Additional documents in specific situations

  • For Chinese applicants only: Nuffic Certificate (formerly known as NESO Certificate). For information how to obtain a Nuffic Certificate, please visit the website of NESO China.

Step 4: Apply in the online application system (MySAS)

Stage 1

Read the requirements carefully and prepare your application package as explained in section ‘Application package’.

Stage 2

Create an online application account. After you have created this account, the online application system (MySAS) will send you an email asking you to activate your account. Once you have activated your account, you may return to MySAS and start your application.

Stage 3

Start your actual online application:

  • Step 1) Fill out personal details (name, date of birth, nationality, etc.)
  • Step 2) Fill out address details (where you live, emergency contact address)
  • Step 3) Proposed program (the program you are applying for)
  • Step 4) Language and other tests (your proficiency in English and if applicable other tests)
  • Step 5) Educational background (your previous education, schools attended)
  • Step 6) Supporting documents (required documents needed to apply)
  • Step 7) Additional documents (other optional supporting documents, not obligatory)
  • Step 8) Survey (how did you learn about Tilburg University?)
  • Step 9) Review (double check that you have completed steps 1 to 8)
  • Step 10) Submit (you will be able to submit your application after steps 1 to 8 have been completed)

Step 5: Admissions Committee's decision

The Admission Committee needs a maximum of four weeks to come to a decision. There are three decisions possible:

  • Unconditional admission to the Master's program (you can start the Master's program at the next intake);

  • Conditional admission to the Master's program (you still need to upload your diploma and/or proof of English proficiency to start the program at the next intake);

  • Rejection of your application (you do not meet the requirements to start the Master's program).

Step 6: Enroll via Studielink

All applicants accepted for this program are required to register via Studielink, the Dutch national database for higher education. You will be given more specific information in your acceptance letter regarding the procedure.

You need to register before August 1, but we strongly advise you to register in Studielink as soon as possible after your admission.

  • You will not receive information about other procedures after your admission (such as the visa procedure) until you have registered in Studielink.
  • Please note: it is not sufficient to apply only via Studielink. If you do not apply according to the procedure above, you will not be accepted for the program and will not be able to come to Tilburg University.
  • The name of this Master's program in Studielink is Sociaal Recht en Sociale Politiek (CROHO-code: 60070).

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Step 7: Confirm your enrollment

After your registration in Studielink, you will be notified by Tilburg University and need to confirm this registration before you can start with the program.

Practical information

After being admitted to one of our programs at Tilburg University, a number of arrangements (visa, housing, insurance etc.) must be made before your arrival. For more practical information, please go to the practical issues section.


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Please feel free to contact us for your personal queries about the program, scholarships, admission and enrollment.

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