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Psychology: Brain & Cognition in Society (track)
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Application and admission

Application process

If you have any questions after reading the application process, please check out the FAQ. You will find a lot of answers here about enrollment, Studielink, requirements, the application form and the application outcome.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Apply between 1 October 2021 and 1 March 2022 (for enrolment in September 2022).

    It may take a couple of days to complete all steps of the application procedure, so make sure to start your application well in time. Make sure to fill out Studielink and MyInfo before the application deadline.

    Note: you may apply before finishing your Bachelor's programme. However, you must obtain your Bachelor's degree and show us a valid proof of graduation by 31 August 2022.

    If you do not meet all the selection requirements for the Master's track, you might qualify for a pre-Master's programme. Applications can be submitted from 1 June to 15 November (select February enrolment in Studielink).

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Basic requirements

    All Psychology Master's candidates are expected to meet the following basic requirements:

    • ≥5 EC Basic knowledge of Psychology
    • ≥24 EC Methods and Statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research
    • ≥9 EC an Empirical research project about which you wrote an individual report (demonstrating your writing & research skills) on a Psychological or related Social Science subject.

    Candidates who obtain a Psychology Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch university prior to the start of the Master’s programme automatically meet all basic requirements.

    Track-specific requirements

    In order to apply for the Master's track Brain and Cognition in Society, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:

    • ≥6 EC Knowledge about: Perception-action cycle, Learning and Memory, Consciousness on level 2/3
    • ≥6 EC knowledge about different cognitive domains, such as Attention, Language, Emotions, Higher cognitive functions (level 2/3)
    • ≥6 EC Advanced knowledge of and skills in experimental paradigms and methods used in cognitive (neuro)science (2nd/3rd year level)
    • ≥3EC knowledge of Neuroanatomy on level 1/2/3

    Statement of Motivation

    In addition to the basic and track-specific requirements, the selection committee also assesses the relevance of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected in case the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. See header 6 for more details about the motivation statement.

    English language proficiency and academic level

    • International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores. 
    • International degrees should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.

    Pre-Master's programme

    If you do not meet all the selection requirements for the master's track, you might qualify for a pre-Master's programme.

    If you would like to know whether a pre-Master's programme is an option for you, please apply for the master's track of your choice. Be sure to apply early so you can find out quickly about your next steps. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will find out whether you still need to complete any courses.

    Applications can be submitted from 1 June 2021 to 15 November 2021 (select February enrolment in Studielink). Make sure to fill out Studielink and MyInfo before the application deadline. Please note: if you do not meet all the requirements, you will be informed before Christmas – thereby providing the opportunity to take and finish a pre-Master’s during the second semester to qualify for the September admissions round.

    Selection procedure

    The Psychology Master’s is a selective programme. In case the number of candidates exceeds the number of places in the programme, students will be ranked based on their study results and motivation; admission will be decided by drawing lots for equally ranked candidates. Eligible students who are not alloted a place in the programme will be put on a waiting list in case a place becomes available later on.

    Information for HBO students

    An undergraduate degree programme with an applied emphasis (Dutch: hbo-bachelor) is not equivalent to an academic Bachelor’s degree, and therefore gives no access to the Psychology Master’s nor to the pre-Master’s programmes.

  • 3.1 Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 3.2 Optional second track choice

    The Psychology Master’s tracks have a maximum number of available places. You may apply for a second track, provided that you meet all entry requirements. 

    When applying for two tracks, select your first choice in Studielink. Please note that you cannot change your track preference after you have registered in Studielink, so choose carefully. 

    You will be able to select your second track choice in MyInfo. Please note that you can only be admitted to max. one track per admissions round. This means that, if you apply to two tracks and are eligible for both, you only get max. one placement offer. 

    The second preference will be taken into consideration if you cannot be admitted to the (pre)master of their first choice.

  • 3.3 Consecutive second track in new academic year

    Students who were already admitted to another track of the Psychology Master’s programme, and who wish to enroll for a second track in the consecutive academic year, are not able to enroll according to the instructions mentioned above. These students should send an email to the admissions office ( with the following information:

    • name and student number
    • name of track they started in the previous year
    • filled out Proof of Qualifications document for the track-specific requirements of the second track
    • motivation statement for second track according to our format
    • most recent grade list

    In case students get admitted to a second track in the consecutive year, they should not forget to re-enrol 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 receive an email (within a few days) from the Central Student Administration with a link to our online application system: MyInfo. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam. During your application via MyInfo you will be asked to upload documents, see 6 ‘upload required documents’.

  • 6. Upload required documents

    Please note: you will find the updated documents here in the last two weeks of October 2020.

    In MyInfo you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your academic diplomas, cv, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. 

    Proof of Qualification

    In order to demonstrate your knowledge of the basic and track-specific requirements, you need to fill out and upload your proofs of qualification (PoQ) for both the basic and the track-specific requirements. Refer to section 2: Entry requirements and list your corresponding courses in the PoQ templates.

    Statement of Motivation

    Please use our template to fill out your statement of motivation. No other formats are accepted. Make sure you substantiate your motivation for the particular track you’re applying for (avoid generalities).

  • 7. Wait for admissions decision

    All applications are evaluated after the application deadline. The outcome of timely submitted applications will be announced around mid-May (by email through MyInfo). 

After conditional admission

  • 8.1 Accept/decline offer

    Should you get admitted to the programme, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer before a certain deadline. It is important to inform us about your decision so we can approach waitlisted candidates.

  • 8.2 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. 

    Please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. Ask your university to email these documents to We do not accept digital documents that you mail to us yourself.

  • 8.3 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 that occurred after the introduction of the COVID-19 measures may request a provisional admission to the (pre-)master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • The bachelor’s programme to be completed takes place in an EEA country
    • There is a maximum of 15 EC missing for completion of the bachelor’s degree
    • The courses are not part of the basic- and track specific requirements of your master’s track.

    Please note that provisional admission, if granted, has consequences. First and foremost, you will face a higher workload than a regular full-time study. Second, we are unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, e.g. when exams are held. Third, you will need to hand in your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent certificate) by 31 August 2023 at the latest. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to complete your (pre-)master’s degree, regardless of your study progress in the (pre-)master’s programme.

    You can apply for provisional admission here:

    This link is available from 1 July 2022 until 31 August 2022. Please apply as soon as to expedite processing your request. Please note that you must include a study plan for your combined studies in 2022-2023 with the request.

    The admissions committee for your programme will handle your request. It may take up to six weeks to handle the request.

  • 9. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    If you are an international student, you will be informed about housing opportunities and visa/residence permit procedures (if applicable), after you have been admitted.
    Please click on the links to read information about visa or residence permit, insurance and housing.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. The Graduate School of Psychology will organize an introduction event on Thursday 1 September 2022. Admitted students will receive more information in due time.

  • 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.