Please note that students who will obtain (or have obtained) a Bachelor in ‘Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie’ at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) only have to fill in and submit the application form. No other documents are required.
Please take the following steps to apply to this programme:
Please see below for the most important deadlines you must consider when applying to one of our Master’s programmes for the academic year 2020-2021.
For enrolment in August/September 2021, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:
Visa & scholarship
If you are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, you will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:
Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether or not all entry requirements as specified below are met and assesses the quality of each application compared to the other applications received.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or in another closely related discipline (such as social sciences or humanities) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.
International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.
The above-mentioned related disciplines should include a substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade. Generally, students from related fields are well enough prepared when they have earned about 60 ECTS credits in Anthropology. The courses of such a background need to consist of a mixture of introductory courses, theoretical overview courses and specialized courses.
Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and (less important) quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:
Our Master's programmes are highly demanding and fully taught in English. To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants.
For more information, also on the test requirements and possible exemptions, please see:
Please see here for more information on our pre-Master possibilities:
If you still have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.
The application form will give you all needed instructions. For additional guidance, please refer to the quick reference overviews and more elaborate information here below:
If and after we have decided that you can be admitted to the programme, we will send you a letter of (conditional) acceptance by e-mail (through MyInfo) together with more information on how to complete your registration at the UvA and how to apply for a visa or residence permit (if applicable to you).
After you have been conditionally accepted to the Master’s programme and we have sent you the letter of (conditional) acceptance, you will receive an Accept Offer sent to you by MyInfo. Please follow the instructions and confirm this Accept Offer. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and possibly visa application, after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.
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. Verification is done based on the records provided by DUO.
If you completed your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. You need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted. You may also need to submit an official English test score report.
You can find more information about the certified documents and where to send them to in your (conditional) acceptance letter.
We will need to have received these official documents at the latest one month before the start of the programme.
Please note that students who need an entrance visa for the Netherlands and/or have also applied to one of our scholarships, will need to have submitted their official documents, including proof of Bachelor graduation, before 1 May (for enrolment in September 2020).
Applicants who cannot complete their bachelor’s degree in time due to study delay occurring since corona-measures have been implemented, can request a provisional admission to the (pre-)master’s programme under the following conditions:
Please note that components that are specified as academic entry requirements are excluded from this option, because students need this knowledge and these skills as of the start of the master’s programme:
Please note that provisional admission, if granted, has consequences. First and foremost, you will face a higher workload than full-time studying. Second, you will need to hand in your bachelor’s diploma (or equivalent certificate) by August 31, 2022 at the latest. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to complete your master’s degree or pre-master’s programme, regardless your study progress in the (pre-)master’s programme.
You can request this provisional admission here:
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This link is available as of July 1, 2021 until August 31, 2021. Please request as soon as possible after July 1, in order to expedite processing your request. Please note that you must include a study plan for your combined studies in 2021-2022 with the request. This study plan needs to specify which elements of your bachelor’s programme you still need to complete (please describe the content of these elements and state the credits). The plan should be accompanied by an explanation/motivation that makes clear how and when you will be able to complete the missing work while following the master’s programme. This study plan ought to have been discussed with the study advisor of the master’s programme beforehand. So it is necessary to get in touch with your study adviser in time. The admissions committee for your programme will handle your request (may take up to six weeks).
Under exceptional circumstances, also students in our pre-master programmes can request the provisional admission. Pre-master students will be informed of these conditions by email.
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.
Student orientation/introduction events are planned in the last 2 weeks of August. At these events you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start. Your study advisor will send you more detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.
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.