For all students, please take the following steps to apply for this programme:
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 2022-2023.
Enrolment September 2022
For enrolment in September 2022, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:
- Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 9 February 2022
- Registration in Studielink: Wednesday 23 February 2022, 17:00 hrs (CET)
- Application in MyInfo: Tuesday 1 March 2022, 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 7 January 2022, 17:00 hrs (CET)
- Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Wednesday 12 January 2022, 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.
Limited capacity and selection
The number of available places is limited to 30 students per year. If more qualified students apply than there are places available, candidates with the most convincing academic standing are selected. This is based on:
- Previous study results
- The relevance of previous studies
- Previous knowledge of social sciences research methodology
- Job experience
- Previously written academic work
Please note that this programme attracts many applications each year and that selection tends to be highly competitive.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in political science 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.
All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of political science / Public Policy and Governance, with a minimum of 30 ECTS earned during previous studies.
Applicants should have a solid basis in social science methods and techniques 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.
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:
Please see here for more information on our pre-Master possibilities:
If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com
- 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.
5. Submit your UvA application form
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:
For more elaborate guidance:
If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
8b. Request for provisional admission with study delay (due to Covid-19)
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 (pre-)master’s programme under the following conditions:
- The still to be completed bachelor’s programme takes place in an EEA country
- A maximum of 15 EC is missing for completion of the bachelor’s degree
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, 2023 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:
This link is available as of July 1, 2022 until August 31, 2022. 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 2022-2023 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). Only complete requests that have been submitted before the deadline with all necessary attachments will be handled.
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.
9. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
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.
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.
12. Pay the tuition fee
You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay the tuition fees.