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Research Master
Psychology (research)
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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

  • 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

    The Board of Admissions carefully considers applications based on the criteria listed below. All applicants on their individual merits. In addition to reviewing study records, and information with regards toon academic achievement, the Board of Admissions looks for motivation, an active interest in research, evidence of strong scientific writing skills, commitment, potential for growth and likelihood of finishing the programme in two years. Please refer to all information below to determine whether you are eligible:

    Academic Requirements

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

    • An academic bachelor’s degree, considered equivalent to the Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, in Psychology or a closely related field.
    • English language proficiency and academic level
    • A grade average comparable to 7.5 in the Dutch system
    • ≥24 ec Basic knowledge in the most important fields of Psychology
    • ≥24 ec Methods and statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences
      At level 1/2/3
      of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research
      and at least ≥ 4 ec at level 2 or 3
    • ≥12 ec Advanced knowledge and skills courses relevant for the field of the intended major
      At level 2 or 3
    • ≥9 ec Research experience in empirical research in Psychology or Social Sciences or a closely related discipline
    • Scientific writing skills
    • Motivation for the programme

    An academic Bachelor’s degree, considered equivalent to the Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, in Psychology or a closely related field.

    In order to apply, you should have an academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or another closely related field. International degrees should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree. Preferably this is a Bachelor of Science degree or an honours degree. An undergraduate degree programme with an applied emphasis (Dutch: HBO Bachelor) is not equivalent to an academic Bachelor’s degree.

    English language proficiency

    International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores. 

    Grade average

    If you wish to apply for the Research Master’s programme in Psychology you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) and an average GPA per selection requirement of at least:

    • A-/B+/3.5 (American system)
    • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • B (ECTS system), or
    • 7.5 (Dutch system)

    Across the different groups of courses (i.e. basic knowledge, methods & statistics, and advanced knowledge) a GPA of 7.5 is also required.

    However, admission will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average only, our decision is based on academic level and background (ensuring that applicants have an adequate background in psychology, methods and statistics and advanced knowledge in their chosen major),motivation, experience in psychological research, level of scientific writing skills and grade point average.  

    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 allotted 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. 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.

  • 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’.

    Students who apply on basis of a non-EU nationality will be asked to pay 100 EUR application fee. Foreign degree certificates are always sent to the Deans of the University of Amsterdam for a credential evaluation first. The deans compare diplomas in terms of equivalence to Dutch academic training. After they have given their advice, our admissions committee looks at the (amount of) psychology courses in the candidate's academic training. Education systems vary considerably across the world; some bachelor's degrees are valued at three years of a Dutch university education, while others are valued at two years or less.

    Students who have been accepted and have a full enrolment on 1 October can ask for a refund of the application fee. 

After (conditional) admission

  • 8. 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. 

  • 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.