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Application and admission

Entry requirements Master Public Policy and Governance (Political Science)

Application and admission

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    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.

    Enrolment September 2020

    For enrolment in August/September 2020, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 12 February 2020
    • Registration in Studielink: Wednesday 26 February 2020, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Tuesday 3 March 2020, 17:00 hrs (CET)

    Visa & scholarship

    If you are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, you will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:

    • Registration in Studielink: Friday 10 January 2020, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Wednesday 15 January 2020, 17:00 hrs (CET)
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    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.

    Educational background

    Bachelor's degree

    Students with a Bachelor's degree in political science and international relations or in another closely related discipline (such as other social sciences, history, law and economics) 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.

    Political Science

    All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of political science, with a minimum of 30 ECTS on political science and a minimum of 20 ECTS on social sciences research method - see below - earned during previous studies, and preferably with a clear focus on Public Policy and Governance.

    Research methodology

    Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study. Upon entry to the Master's programme, students are expected to be able to:

    • Construct a solid research design
    • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
    • Develop and apply a research method, for instance:
    • Develop, apply and analyse a survey with a statistical package
    • And/or develop, apply and analyse an interview
    • And/or apply interpretative methods and analyse findings.

    Grade average

    Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of political science / Public Policy and Governance.

    English language proficiency

    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 this Master’s programme, an exemption is made for Dutch students. They do not have to submit an English test score. Depending on the lecturer’s nationality and availability, they may be allowed to hand in written work in Dutch. Nevertheless, they are strongly advised to prepare themselves optimally, e.g. by undertaking language skills courses in academic English and/or public speaking.

    For more information, also on the test requirements and possible exemptions, please see:

    Questions

    If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at apply-gsss@uva.nl

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

    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.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    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). 

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    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.

After (conditional) admission

  • 8a. Submit certified documents

    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.

     

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  • 8b. Request for provisional admission with study delay (due to corona)

    Provisional admission to master’s programme with delayed bachelor’s diploma due to corona measures
    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 master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • A maximum of 15 EC is missing for completion of the bachelor’s degree
    • The missed components were offered in the period March-August 2020

    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:

    • Components that are specified as entry requirements for the programme/track:
      - 30 EC political science, preferably with a focus on the chosen track
      - 20 EC social sciences research methods
    • The bachelor’s thesis or other equivalent components assessing the final attainment target for academic writing and research

    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, 2021 at the latest. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to complete your master’s degree, regardless your study progress in the master’s programme.

    You can request this provisional admission here:

    UvA Request for admission with study delay

    This link is available as of July 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020. Please request as soon as possible after July 1, in order to expedite processing your request. Please include a study planning for your combined studies in 2020-2021 with the request. It is necessary to get in touch with your master’s study adviser before 1 July to discuss your planning. The admissions committee for your programme will handle your request.

    Provisional admission to master’s programme with delayed pre-master completion due to corona measures
    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.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    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.

  • 11. Request student ID card

    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.