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Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage
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Application & admission

Every programme at the Graduate School of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    All applicants
    1 February 2024, 23:59 CET (register in Studielink before 30 January, see step 3)

    If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:

    Scholarships in the Humanities
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA, or an equivalent recognised degree from another university, in:

    • the humanities, preferably with a minor in Conservation and Restoration;
    • the sciences, preferably with a minor in Conservation and Restoration.

    Bachelor’s degrees in Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Archaeology, Materials Science and Chemistry provide a particularly suitable basis, but the Admissions Board may also regard other degree certificates as being suitable.

    Student Profile

    You are eligible for this Master's if you meet the admission requirements and demonstrably possess the following knowledge and qualities:

    • Sufficient academic knowledge in the field of chemistry and art history
    • Excellent manual skills
    • Insight into shape and construction and a good eye for colour
    • Ability to solve practical problems
    • A good focus
    • Ability to work in a team

    Hbo-bachelor: not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo), unless you have eliminated your deficiencies during your hbo programme. For further information, please contact our study adviser (

    We do not currently offer a pre-Master's programme (schakelprogramma) for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage.

    English language requirements

    New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

    Read more about language requirements

    Selection procedure

    The Master's in Conservation and Restoration has a selection procedure. Please follow the procedure outlined in the following documents: 

    Selection Procedure for the academic year 2023-2024 (PDF)

    Literature and practice tests

    Students applying for the Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage who did not participate in the minor programme will need to take the Canvas tests in Principles of Conservation, Basic Chemistry and Preventive Conservation.

  • 3. Register in Studielink
  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.

    Application fee

    All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.

    Application documents

    Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:

    • curriculum vitae;
    • proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
    • transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
    • diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
    • translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
    • motivation form (PDF);
    • programme specific documents (see below).

    *Please note: If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September. If you have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 May (non-EEA students) or 1 August (EEA students).

    Programme-specific documents

    We ask you to upload an example of academic written work in English, so that the Admissions Board can get an impression of your academic writing skills. If you do not have an example of academic work written in English - for example, if all your written work so far is in Dutch or another language - translate or rewrite 3-5 pages of a paper or your thesis in English and upload this as your example of academic written work.

  • 5. Selection procedure

    After you have uploaded all required application documents and have submitted your UvA application form in MyInfo (step 4), you will go to the first round of the selection procedure (for a complete overview of the selection procedure, see step 2: Check entry requirements - Selection procedure).

    Students applying for the Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage who did not participate in the minor programme will need to take the Canvas tests in Principles of Conservation, Basic Chemistry and Preventive Conservation (for the relevant study materials, see step 2: Check entry requirements - Literature and practice tests). All candidates must complete an essay assignment and upload a portfolio.

After submitting your application

Because this is a selective programme, applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board after the application deadline has passed. You will be notified of whether you have been admitted to the programme after this time.

If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: