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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
In MyInfo you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your degree certificates, curriculum vitae/resume, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score, and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. Please make sure you have collected the documents that apply to your situation when you start the application.
If you are selected you will be asked to send the documents marked with an (*) in hard-copy (by post). Obtaining official certified copies can take some time, so please start early.
All applications are evaluated after the application deadline of 1 March. You will receive the outcome mid-May 2021.
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.
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 email@example.com. We do not accept digital documents that you mail to us yourself.
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 courses are not part of the selection requirements of the Research Master's programme in Psychology
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:
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This link is available from July 1, 2021, through August 31, 2021. Please apply as soon as possible to expedite the processing of your application. Please note that you must include a study plan for your combined studies in 2021-2022 along with your application.
The admissions committee for your programme will handle your application. The processing of the application may take up to six weeks.
If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.
Get more information about practical matters for international students.
There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. Admitted students will receive more information in due time.
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.