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Computational Science (joint degree UvA/VU)
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Application and admission

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from an educational institution outside the Netherlands or an international school in the Netherlands, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with international prior education

 

Contact details International Team

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the International Team. 

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.

    Start your application procedure on time

    We strongly advise international students to apply as early as possible and no later a week before the mentioned dates as the registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Additionally, affordable accommodation is scarce in Amsterdam. Although the University of Amsterdam can assist in finding accommodation but cannot give any guarantees regarding housing, early applicants do have a slightly bigger chance in finding a room through the UvA than late applicants.

    Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered for admission.

    Deadlines

    Starting in September EU/EEA students

    30 June 23.59 CEST

      Non-EU/EEA students

    31 January 23.59 CEST

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    All students holding an academic Bachelor degree in one of the Sciences or Engineering disciplines may apply for the Master's.

    Candidates for the programme should demonstrate sufficient knowledge in mathematics and computing skills and meet with the following requirements before they will be admitted to the programme: basic programming (any language), basic math knowledge in calculus and basic knowledge in probability theory and statistics. These requirements have to be demonstrated by grade transcripts including programming (minimum of 5EC) and at least 15EC (3 out of 4 courses) calculus (minimum of 5EC), linear algebra (minimum of 5EC), probability theory (minimum of 5EC) and statistics (minimum of 5 EC).

    We will also consider students that (slightly) deviate from the requirements as formulated above. We emphasize motivation in all such admissions and require a statement on motivation as a part of the admissions procedure.

    Admission during COVID-19

    Due to the Corona pandemic, the UvA will allow you in some cases to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. For information on how to submit your request for admission with study delay, check under Step 8. This applies only for students currently enrolled in a Dutch or EU/EEA university.

    Grade point average

    You have an overall grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:

    • 3.0 (American system)
    • 2.1 (a second class upper/division one degree in the British system)
    • C (ECTS-system)

    The GPA is the average of the bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.
    Admission, however, will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average alone.

    English language proficiency

    Your ability to write and speak in English must be at an academic level. To prove your level of English please provide us with your scores of one of the following tests:

    • the TOEFL Test,
    • the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS)
    • a Cambridge Examination Score.

    Other tests will not be accepted.

    For more details about the English language test and required scores, please visit:

    Deadlines for test results

    • For Non-EU/EEA students the required English test result should be received by the International Team at the Faculty of Science on or before 1 February in the year of application. If this is not possible, contact the International Team before applying.
    • For EU/EEA students the deadline of submitting the test results is 1 July.

    Note that if you want to apply for a scholarship other deadlines apply.

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university and students who successfully finished a full academic programme at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Australia and New Zealand.

    Pre-Master's programme

    If you the Admissions Board has decided that you don't meet the admissions requirements for the Master's programme, Dutch-speaking students can enrol in the Minor Computational Science (30 EC) at the UvA. This minor programme is the pre-Master's programme and will train you in mathematics and programming in preparation for the Master's programme. The minor programme runs from September to January. Courses are taught in Dutch. If you successfully complete the minor, you will receive confirmation of admission to the Master's programme in the subsequent academic year. 

    Read more about the minor Computational Science 

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.

    Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of all academic transcripts into one PDF.

    In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:

    1. A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2. Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3. A copy of your high school grade list and diploma
    4. A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript in Dutch, English, German or French and in the original language, including an explanation of your university’s grading system.
    5. A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate in Dutch, English, German or French and in the original language. If you have not finished your current academic programme yet, a list of courses of your final year
    6. A description of your Bachelor thesis/project in English (if applicable)
    7. Two email addresses of referees. Please make sure they are notified and available for contact via email
    8. Proof of English proficiency 

    Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can't add any documents after submitting. Only your English scores can be sent in later. 

    If you have any questions about the required documents as an international degree student, please contact the International Team.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8).  You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the International Team.

  • 8. Request for admission with study delay

    Between 1 July and 31 August you can submit your request for admission to the Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s in DataNose. To submit this request, you should meet all the requirements listed below. In addition, you should have completed all the exams and resits in your Bachelor’s programme and know for sure that you cannot complete your Bachelor’s before 1 September. You will need to complete any missing courses during the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Please note: in order to complete your Bachelor’s you will have to re-enrol in your Bachelor’s programme! 

    Admission requirements with unfinished Bachelor’s

    • You have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and Datanose before the deadline
    • You have received a (conditional) offer of admission to the Master’s programme
    • The deficiency in your Bachelor’s programme does not exceed 15 ECTS. This may comprise courses and/or your Bachelor’s thesis (or project)
    • In case the deficiency does exceed 15 ECTS due to a larger Bachelor’s thesis/project, you should have completed a large part of the project and the remaining workload should not exceed 15 ECTS

    If you wish to make use of the option to start your Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s degree, you will need to seriously consider the overall achievability of your combined study programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to make provisions for any overlaps in planning concerning exams, classes, etc.

    This regulation applies to Dutch/EU students who want to start their Master’s at the UvA in September 2021 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme at the UvA in 2020-2021, or in a Bachelor’s at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.

  • 11. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. You will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.