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Psychology: Behavioural Data Science (track)
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Application and admission

After the summer you’ll start your study programme at the UvA. What will education look like from September? Read the updates on the page for prospective/new students.

Application process

If you have any questions after reading the application process, please check out the FAQ. You will find a lot of answers here about enrollment, Studielink, requirements, the application form and the application outcome.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Apply between 1 October 2020 and 3 March 2021 (for enrolment in September 2021)

    It may take a couple of days to complete all steps of the application procedure, so make sure to start your application well in time. 

    Note: you may apply before finishing your Bachelor's programme. However, you must obtain your Bachelor's degree and show us a valid proof of graduation by 31 August 2021.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Basic requirements

    All Psychology Master's candidates are expected to meet the following basic requirements:

    • Basic knowledge of Psychology (≥5 EC at level 1)
    • ≥24 EC Methods and Statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research
    • ≥9 EC Empirical research project (demonstrating your writing & research skills) on a Psychological or related Social Science

    Candidates who obtain a Psychology Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch university prior to the start of the Master’s programme automatically meet all basic requirements.

    Track-specific requirements

    In order to apply for the Master's track Behavioural Data Science, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:

    • ≥6 EC Research Methodology on 3rd year level
    • ≥18 EC Advanced Statistics on 3rd year level
    • ≥3 EC Programming (in R) on 1st year level

    Statement of Motivation

    In addition to the basic and track-specific requirements, the selection committee also assesses the relevance of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected in case the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. See header 6 for more details about the motivation statement.

    English language proficiency and academic level

    • International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores. 
    • International degrees should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.

    Pre-Master's programme

    In case you do not meet all the basic requirements for the track of you choice, you are not eligible for a pre-Master's programme.

    In case you do not meet all the track-specific requirements for the track of your choice, you may be eligible for a pre-Master's programme.

    Selection procedure

    The Psychology Master’s is a selective programme. In case the number of candidates exceeds the number of places in the programme, students will be ranked based on their study results and motivation; admission will be decided by drawing lots for equally ranked candidates. Eligible students who are not alloted a place in the programme will be put on a waiting list in case a place becomes available later on.

    Information for HBO students

  • 3.1 Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 3.2 Optional second track choice

    The Psychology Master’s tracks have a maximum number of available places. You may apply for a second track, provided that you meet all entry requirements. When applying for two tracks, select your first choice in Studielink. You will be able to select your second track choice in MyInfo.

    Please note that you can only be admitted to max. one track per admissions round. This means that, if you apply to two tracks and are eligible for both, you only get max. one placement offer.  Your second preference will only be taken into consideration if you cannot be admitted to the track of your first choice.

  • 3.3 Consecutive second track in new academic year

    Students who were already admitted to another track of the Psychology Master’s programme, and who wish to enroll for a second track in the consecutive academic year, are not able to enroll according to the instructions mentioned above. These students should send an email to the admissions office (admissions-psy@uva.nl) with the following information:

    • name and student number
    • name of track they started in the previous year
    • filled out Proof of Qualifications document for the track-specific requirements of the second track
    • motivation statement for second track according to our format
    • most recent grade list

    In case students get admitted to a second track in the consecutive year, they should not forget to re-enrol 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.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After you have registered in Studielink, you will receive an email (within a few days) from the Central Student Administration with a link to our online application system: MyInfo. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam. During your application via MyInfo you will be asked to upload documents, see 6 ‘upload required documents’.

  • 6. Upload required documents

    In MyInfo you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your academic diplomas, cv, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. 

    Proof of Qualification

    In order to demonstrate your knowledge of the basic and track-specific requirements, you need to fill out and upload your proofs of qualification (PoQ) for both the basic and the track-specific requirements. Refer to section 2: Entry requirements and list your corresponding courses in the PoQ templates.

    Statement of Motivation

    Please use our template to fill out your statement of motivation. No other formats are accepted. Make sure you substantiate your motivation for the particular track you’re applying for (avoid generalities).

After conditional admission

  • 8.1 Accept/decline offer

    Should you get admitted to the programme, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer before a certain deadline. It is important to inform us about your decision so we can approach waitlisted candidates.

  • 8.2 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. 

    Please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. Ask your university to email these documents to admissions-psy@uva.nl. We do not accept digital documents that you mail to us yourself.

  • 8.3 Provisional admission to master’s programme with delayed bachelor’s degree

    Applicants who are unable to complete their bachelor’s degree in time due to study delay that occurred after the introduction of the COVID-19 measures may request a provisional admission to the (pre-)master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • The bachelor’s programme to be completed takes place in an EEA country
    • There is a maximum of 15 EC missing for completion of the bachelor’s degree
    • The courses are not part of the basic- and track-specific requirements of your master’s track.

    Please note that provisional admission, if granted, has consequences. First and foremost, you will face a higher workload than a regular full-time study. Second, we are unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, e.g. when exams are held. Third, you will need to hand in your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent certificate) by August 31, 2022, at the latest. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to complete your (pre-)master’s degree, regardless of your study progress in the (pre-)master’s programme.

    You can apply for this provisional admission here:

    *** Link to form will be available from 1 July ***

    This link is available from 1 July, 2021, through 31 August, 2021. Please apply as soon as possible to expedite the processing of your application. The admissions committee for your programme will handle your application. The processing of the application may take up to six weeks.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. Admitted students will receive more information in due time.

  • 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.