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Application and admission

For applicants with Dutch prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with Dutch prior education


Contact details Education Desk

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the Education Desk.

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.

    Start your application procedure on time

    Registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Therefore, we strongly recommend to start the application procedure at least a week before the deadline.


    Starting in September

    31 May 23.59 CEST

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship 

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

    Read more about UvA Scholarships

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Admission to the Master’s Programme Artificial Intelligence is possible for students with one of the following qualifications:

    1. A Dutch Bachelor degree in ‘Artificial Intelligence’ or ‘Computer Science’
    2. A Bachelor degree from the University of Amsterdam of the ‘Bèta-Gamma’ or ‘Future Planet Studies’ programme with a major in ‘Artificial Intelligence’
    3. A Dutch or foreign qualification comparable to Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science, complemented by the following requirements:
    • Basic knowledge of Computer Science (at least 12 EC)
    • Basic programming skills (at least 12 EC)
    • Basic university level Calculus (at least 6 EC)
    • Basic university level Linear Algebra (at least 6 EC)
    • Basic university level Probability and Statistics (at least 6 EC)
    • A motivation which matches the content of the Master’s programme.

    Please note that we require formal academic EC from a higher education institution, no online courses, work experience etc.

    Additional requirements
    In addition to the admission requirements referred to above the student has to comply with the following additional requirements:

    1. The Bachelor’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is at least 6.5 (according to the Dutch grading system). The GPA is the average of the Bachelor’s course grades weighed by course/study load.
    2. The student has obtained the Bachelor’s degree within at most 3 years more than the nominal duration of the programme.

    Limited programme capacity and ranking criteria
    A maximum of 150 students are admitted to the Master’s programme Artificial Intelligence in 2020-2021.

    Candidates will be selected in the following way. First, candidates will have to meet the requirements and additional requirements as stated above. Subsequently all the candidates eligible for admission to the programme will be ranked by the ranking criteria. Each ranking criterion will be classified/assessed according to five categories: excellent, very good, good, sufficient, insufficient.

    Selection will be based on the following ranking criteria:

    1. GPA score
    2. Relevant AI projects (completed)
    3. Programming skills
    4. Knowledge of logic
    5. Knowledge of mathematics
    6. Topic of Bachelor thesis
    7. Motivation for contents Master’s programme
    8. Relevant AI courses at level of Master’s programme
    9. Publications

    The ranking criteria apply to all candidates who have met the requirements and additional requirements as stated above.

    The Admissions Board will judge requests for admission on criteria mentioned above and select students on an individual basis and in comparison to the other applicants. These criteria will not be applied mechanically, but manually with careful consideration and judgement. For example, the value of the GPA may depend on a students’ curriculum, publications may be more or less high ranked, etc.

    The top 150 candidates on the ranking list will be admitted to the master’s programme. The Admissions Board will grant admission to the selected candidates.

    No pre-Master's programme Artificial Intelligence
    Due to an enormous increase in interest and applications in the Master’s programme Artificial Intelligence, we do not offer a pre-Master’s programme.

    No pre-registration advice
    Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications, it is not possible to give any individual pre-registration advice (by e-mail) or to meet to discuss prior education and/or a possible admission in 2020-2021. To  inform you about your (possible) admittance to the master's programme it is necessary that you apply for the programme.  Information sessions about the programme will be provided during the UvA Master’s Day on Saturday 9 November, and during the UvA Master’s Week in spring 2020, Thursday evening 13 February at UvA Science Park. You are most welcome to attend those events.

    Admission during COVID-19
    In exceptional cases, the UvA will allow you to start your Master’s programme before having fully completed your Bachelor’s degree. The study delay must be COVID-19 related and concern courses from the second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year (February through June 2020). For information on how to submit your request for admission with study delay, check under Step 8.

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

    Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.

    Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of all academic transcripts into one PDF.

    In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:

    1.  A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2.  Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3.  A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript
    4.  A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have  not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    5.  A description of your Bachelor thesis/project


    Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can't add any documents after submitting. Only your English scores can be sent in later.

    If you have any questions about the required documents as a student with a Dutch degree, please contact the Education Desk.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8).  You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the Education Desk.

  • 8. Request for admission with study delay

    Between 1 July and 31 August you can submit your request for admission to the Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s in DataNose (link will become available in due course). To submit this request, you should meet all the requirements listed below. In addition, you should have completed all the exams and resits in your Bachelor’s programme and know for sure that you cannot complete your Bachelor’s before 1 September. You will need to complete any missing courses during the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Please note: in order to complete your Bachelor’s you will have to re-enroll in your Bachelor’s programme! 

    Admission requirements with unfinished Bachelor’s

    • You have applied for the Master’s programme in Studielink and Datanose before the deadline
    • You have received a (conditional) offer of admission to the Master’s programme
    • The deficiency in your Bachelor’s programme does not exceed 15 ECTS. This may comprise courses and/or your Bachelor’s thesis (or project), or:
    • The deficiency in your Bachelor’s programme is between 15-30 ECTS, including your Bachelor’s project/thesis

    If you wish to make use of the option to start your Master’s programme with an unfinished Bachelor’s degree, you will need to seriously consider the overall achievability of your combined study programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to make provisions for any overlaps in planning concerning exams, classes, etc.

    This regulation applies to students who want to start their Master’s at the UvA in September 2020 and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme at the UvA in 2019-2020, or in a Bachelor’s at another university in the Netherlands or in the EU/EEA.

  • 9. Submit certified documents

    If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.

  • 10. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. After admission, you will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.