Please note that we are in the process of adapting and clarifying the admission requirements for 2021-2022. On this page, you will find last year's requirements. This will give you an idea of what you can expect. You will find the updated admission requirements here in the last two weeks of October 2020.
Apply between 1 October 2019 and 1 March 2020 (for enrolment in September 2020)
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.
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 2020.
In order to apply, you should have an academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or another closely related field (e.g. Uva PPLE, Communication Science or Psychobiology). Candidates are expected to meet all basic and track-specific requirements as listed below. An undergraduate degree programme with an applied emphasis (Dutch: HBO Bachelor) is not equivalent to an academic Bachelor’s degree. Please refer to all information on this page to determine whether you are eligible:
All Psychology Master's candidates are expected to meet the following basic requirements:
You will automatically meet the basic requirements if you will finish (or have already finished) a bachelor’s programme in
If you finish (or have already finished) Psychobiologie at the UvA you automatically meet basic requirement 1+2. Concerning basic requirement 3: you do not need to show you finished a 9 ec empirical research project, you only have to show the subject was related to Psychology.
In order to apply for the Master's track Development and Health Psychology, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:
AND three out of the following four:
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.
In case you do not meet all the basic requirements for the track of you choice, you are not eligible for a pre-Master's programme.
In case you do not meet all the track-specific requirements for the track of your choice, you may be eligible for a pre-Master's programme.
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.
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.
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. 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. Your second preference will only be taken into consideration if you cannot be admitted to the track of your first choice.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
In case students get admitted to a second track in the consecutive year, they should not forget to re-enrol in Studielink.
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 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’.
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).
All applications are evaluated after the application deadline. The outcome of timely submitted applications will be announced around mid-May (by email through MyInfo).
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.
There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. Admitted students will receive more information in due time.
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.