Master's programmes

for international students

Different programmes for different students

The UvA has a large number of Master's and Research Master's programmes taught in English covering a broad range of disciplines and topics. Master's programmes usually take a year and lead, upon successful completion, to the award of an MSc, MA or LLM degree.

Research Master's programmes take two years and prepare candidates to pursue and develop a career in academic research or associated professions.

Master's programmes

The UvA offers more than 200 Master’s programmes, most of which take one or two years to complete. Students receive a Master’s degree (MA, MSc, LLM) upon successful completion of the programme. A diverse spectrum of subjects are covered in programmes, ranging from Public International Law to Forensic Science, from Mathematical Physics to Gender, Sexuality and Society, from Urban Studies to Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image.

Research Master's

Research Master’s programmes prepare students for a career in research or the pursuit of a PhD. A Research Master’s programme takes two years.

Admission to a Research Master's programme is based on a selection procedure that takes the following information into consideration:

  • educational background
  • study results and scores
  • undergraduate thesis
  • a motivation letter

Advanced and Executive Master's programmes

These Master’s programmes are intended for professionals with a Master’s degree who are seeking to extend their knowledge of a specific discipline. These programmes usually last one year. In some cases, students with a Bachelor’s degree and several years of relevant work experience may also apply. Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates receive a Master’s degree in the appropriate discipline. 

  • Advanced Master's programmes are intended for professionals holding a Master's degree who would like to increase their knowledge of a specific discipline. The UvA offers an Advanced Master’s programme in International Tax Law (LLM).
  • Executive Master's programmes are designed for professionals with a Master's degree and either experience in management or management potential. The UvA has several programmes taught in English by the Amsterdam Business School (ABS).

Dual Master's

A number of Master's programmes offer a combination of work and study. The dual Master's are academic study programmes in which the educational goals of the study programme are realised on the work floor in such a way that the theories and insights from the classroom are put into professional practice. Admission to these programmes are based on availability and a selection criteria including an academic Bachelor's background and motivation letter.

Dual Master's are offered in several fields of study, including language, journalism and culture. Study programmes for becoming a teacher also provide a dual education wherein the student remains enrolled at the UvA but works under the guidance  of a current teacher.

Published by  University of Amsterdam

5 November 2018