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Psychology: Cultural Psychology (track)
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Track-specific requirements

On this page you will find an explanation for each track-specific requirement, an answer to the question as to which previous education you satisfy, and which subjects you can take if you do not yet meet this requirement.

In order to apply for the Master's track Cultural Psychology, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:

  • Knowledge of Cultural Psychology (≥6 EC level 2)
  • Advanced knowledge in any field of Psychology (≥12 EC on level 2/3)

The levels refer to UvA bachelor years:

  • Level 1: comparable to UvA bachelor year 1, basic, introductory courses in the field.
  • Level 2: comparable to UvA bachelor year 2, comprehensive, intermediate courses.
  • Level 3: comparable to UvA bachelor year 3, advanced, more specialized courses.

Level 3 of the UvA bachelor refers to level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework

  • Knowledge of Cultural Psychology (≥6 EC level 2)

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    Students should have basic knowledge of Cultural Psychology when they enter the master’s programme. To ensure this, we expect applicants to have completed an introductory course in Cultural Psychology. This course should introduce you to the discipline of cultural psychology, the development of culture and discuss the major cultural differences in psychological functioning (e.g. self, social relations, emotion, motivation, cognition, perception).

  • With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement:

    • UvA Bachelor in Psychology including the course “Current Topics: Introduction to Cultural Psychology” 6 EC (previously known as “Introduction to Cultural Psychology” 6 EC and “Cultural psychology” 6 EC)
    • UvA Bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a minor in Cultural Psychology

    If you have passed one of the courses listed below, you also meet this track-specific requirement:

    • Cultuurvergelijking: Theorie en Onderzoek (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands – bachelor’s course)
    • Intercultural psychology (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands – bachelor’s course)
    • Cultural Psychology (Tilburg University, The Netherlands – bachelor’s course)
    • Cultural Psychology for non-Psychology students (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
    • Cross-cultural Research Methods (Tilburg University, The Netherlands – advanced course)
    • Cultuur en Gedrag (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
    • Cultural Psychology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands – master’s course)
    • Culture and Cognition (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany – bachelor’s course)
    • Cross Cultural Psychology (Open University of Israel – bachelor’s course)
    • Cross Cultural Psychology (Universitas Indonesia – bachelor’s course)
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology (University of Leuven – bachelor’s course)
    • Introduction to Cultural Psychology (University of Heidelberg, Germany – bachelor’s course/ seminar 10PSY317E)
    • Culture & Behavior (Boğaziçi University, Turkey - bachelor’s course)
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology (University of Toronto, Canada - bachelor’s course)
    • Multicultural Psychology (Sogang University, Korea - bachelor’s course)
    • Multicultural Psychology (Bishop’s University, Canada)
    • Cross-Cultural Psychology (University of Wellington, New Zealand)
    • Cultural Psychology (University of British Columbia, Canada)
    • Cultural Psychology – Singapore University of Social Sciences (BA course)
    • Cultural Diversity: Theory and Practice (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

    Please note: courses that are very specific and zoom in on only one aspect of how culture affects psychological functioning (e.g. intercultural communication) do not meet our entry requirement.

    If you followed one of the courses listed below, you do not meet the entry requirement “Introductory course in Cultural Psychology”:

    • Social and cross-cultural psychology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
    • Intercultural Communication (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
    • Multicultural psychology: personal and societal wellbeing (Università Cattolica, Milano)
    • Intercultural Communication (Univerdidad Catolica de Argentina, Buenos Aires)
    • Intergroup relations from a multicultural perspective (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
    • Cross-cultural psychology of health and illness' (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
    • Diversité des cultures et interculturation (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurés, France – bachelor’s course)
    • Psychologie interculturelle (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurés, France – master’s course)
    • Cross-cultural Psychology of Health and Illness (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
    • Culture and Diversity at Work (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
    • International Psychology - Maastricht University (BA course)
    • Cultural and Social Dimensions of Psychology Theoretical Perspectives and Themes - Roskilde University (BA course)

    If the course you followed is not included in any of the above two course lists, please send an email to the track coordinator including the syllabus of the course you followed as well as information about the level of the course (Bachelor’s or Master’s level). The coordinator will evaluate whether the content of the course you followed is equivalent to the course offered at the University of Amsterdam.

  • Advanced knowledge in any field of Psychology (≥12 EC on level 2/3)

    More information about this track-specific requirement

    We expect you to have knowledge at level 2/3 (comparable to UvA bachelor year 2/3, advanced, more specialised courses) in one or more areas of psychology, regardless in which subarea(s).

    With which pre-education do you fulfil this track-specific requirement?

    If you have successfully completed, or will complete one of the bachelor’s programmes stated below before 31 August, you will meet this track-specific requirement:

    • Bachelor in Psychology at any university in The Netherlands
    • The “UvA Kwalificatieprogramma” within the bachelor of Applied Psychology at Hogeschool van Amsterdam
    • UvA Bachelor Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a minor in Psychology
    • UvA bachelor PPLE with a major in Psychology
    • UvA bachelor Bèta Gamma with a major in Psychology
    • UvA bachelor Psychobiologie

    If you have a different previous education, please show in your application how you meet this requirement. You can do this by referring to one or more courses that you have obtained in the area of this requirement and by enclosing the course catalogue description of these courses with your application.

    What if you do not meet this track-specific requirement?

    If you do not meet this requirement with your prior education, it is possible to do two courses of 6 EC each at 2nd/3rd year level with us (or one for 6 EC, depending on the size of your deficiency in the area of this requirement). In order to meet this track-specific requirement, it does not matter which area of psychology the course(s) you choose are about.

    Please note: by taking these/this course(s), you meet this requirement. However, eligibility for a pre-Master's programme depends on which and how many deficiencies you would have to solve altogether. More information about the attainment of courses to meet the admission requirements for the selection can be found under the information about pre-Master's programmes.

  • Statement of Motivation

    In addition to the academic requirements, the selection committee assesses the relevance and quality of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected if the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. The motivation statement consists of answers to specific questions regarding the programme.

    More information about the motivation statement can be found under header '6. Upload required documents'.

    In MyInfo, our online application system, 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.