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Application and admission

UvA Bachelor students 'Sociale Geografie/Planologie'

Please note that students who will obtain (or have obtained) a Bachelor in 'Sociale Geografie/Planologie' at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) only need to fill in and submit the application form. No other documents are required.

Please take the following steps to apply to this programme:

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Please see below for the most important deadlines you must consider when applying to one of our Master’s programmes for the academic year 2021-2022.

    Enrolment September 2021

    For enrolment in August/September 2021, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 10 February 2021
    • Registration in Studielink: Wednesday 24 February 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Monday 1 March 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)

    Visa & scholarship

    If you are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, you will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:

    • Registration in Studielink: Friday 8 January 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Wednesday 13 January 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)


  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether all entry requirements as specified below are met and assesses the quality of each application  in comparison with the other applications received.

    Educational background

    Bachelor's degree

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree in human geography (sociale geografie) or in another closely related discipline (such as sociology, cultural anthropology, political science, economics, bèta­ gamma and/or future planet studies provided it includes a major in human geography) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

    International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch academic education.

    Human geography 

    All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of human geography studies with (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous studies.

    Research methodology

    Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study. Upon entry to the Master's programme, students are expected to be able to:

    • Make a solid research design
    • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
    • Develop and carry out (simple) surveys
    • Interpret the results of surveys
    • Carry out statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software
    • Conduct interviews
    • Analyse the results of interview
    • Possibly use historical research methods for the purpose of triangulation.

    English language proficiency 

    Our Master's programmes are highly demanding and fully taught in English. To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants.

    For more information, also on the test requirements and possible exemptions, please see:

    Pre-Master's programme

    Please see here for more information on our pre-Master possibilities:


    If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at  apply-gsss@uva.nl

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

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvanetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    If and after we have decided that you can be admitted to the programme, we will send you a letter of (conditional) acceptance by e-mail (through MyInfo) together with more information on how to complete your registration at the UvA and how to apply for a visa or residence permit (if applicable to you). 

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    After you have been conditionally accepted to the Master’s programme and we have sent you the letter of (conditional) acceptance, you will receive an Accept Offer sent to you by MyInfo. Please follow the instructions and confirm this Accept Offer. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and possibly visa application, after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.

After (conditional) admission

  • 8a. Submit certified documents

    If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme, we need to verify your previous education. This means that we have to check whether you have successfully completed your Bachelor’s programme. Verification is done based on the records provided by DUO.

    If you completed your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. You need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.  You may also need to submit an official English test score report.

    You can find more information about the certified documents and where to send them to in your (conditional) acceptance letter.

    We will need to have received these official documents at the latest one month before the start of the programme.

    Please note that students who need an entrance visa for the Netherlands and/or have also applied to one of our scholarships, will need to have submitted their official documents, including proof of Bachelor graduation, before 1 May.

  • 8b. Request for provisional admission with study delay (due to Covid-19)

    Provisional admission to master’s programme with delayed bachelor’s diploma due to corona measures

    Applicants who cannot complete their bachelor’s degree in time due to study delay occurring since corona-measures have been implemented, can request a provisional admission to the (pre-)master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • The still to be completed bachelor’s programme takes place in an EEA country
    • A maximum of 15 EC is missing for completion of the bachelor’s degree

    Please note that components that are specified as academic entry requirements are excluded from this option, because students need this knowledge and these skills as of the start of the master’s programme:

    • Components that are specified as entry requirements for the programme/track:
      - 30 EC in the field of Human Geography studies
      - 20 EC Social Sciences research methods
    • The bachelor’s thesis or other equivalent components assessing the final attainment target for academic writing and research

    Please note that provisional admission, if granted, has consequences. First and foremost, you will face a higher workload than full-time studying. Second, you will need to hand in your bachelor’s diploma (or equivalent certificate) by August 31, 2022 at the latest. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to complete your master’s degree or pre-master’s programme, regardless your study progress in the (pre-)master’s programme.

    You can request this provisional admission here:

    Link to form

    This link is available as of July 1, 2021 until August 31, 2021. Please request as soon as possible after July 1, in order to expedite processing your request. Please note that you must include a study plan for your combined studies in 2021-2022 with the request. This study plan needs to specify which elements of your bachelor’s programme you still need to complete (please describe the content of these elements and state the credits). The plan should be accompanied by an explanation/motivation that makes clear how and when you will be able to complete the missing work while following the master’s programme. This study plan ought to have been discussed with the study advisor of the master’s programme beforehand. So it is necessary to get in touch with your study adviser in time. The admissions committee for your programme will handle your request (may take up to six weeks).

    Provisional admission to master’s programme with delayed pre-master completion due to corona measures

    Under exceptional circumstances, also students in our pre-master programmes can request the provisional admission. Pre-master students will be informed of these conditions by email.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    Student orientation/introduction events are planned in the last 2 weeks of August. At these events you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start. Your study advisor will send you more detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.

  • 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.