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Psychology: Development and Health Psychology (track)
Application and admission

Application and admission

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.

Application process
  • 1. Check deadlines

    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.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    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:

    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 Empirical research project (demonstrating your writing & research skills) on a Psychological or related Social Science.

    You will automatically meet the basic requirements if you will finish (or have already finished) a bachelor’s programme in

    • Psychology at a Dutch university
    • Hogeschool van Amsterdam Kwalificatieprogramma
    • Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen at the UvA
    • PPLE (majoring in Psychology) at the UvA
    • Bèta Gamma (majoring in Psychology) at the UvA 

    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. 

    Track-specific requirements

    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:

    • ≥ 12 ec Advanced knowledge of any field of Psychology on bachelor level 2/3

    AND three out of the following four:

    • ≥ 4 ec knowledge of Developmental Psychology on bachelor level 1/2/3
    • ≥ 4 ec knowledge of Clinical Psychology on bachelor level 1/2/3
    • ≥ 4 ec knowledge of Biological Psychology on bachelor level 1/2/3
    • ≥ 4 ec knowledge of Social/Organizational Psychology on bachelor 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

    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.

    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. 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.

  • 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’.

After conditional admission
  • 8. 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.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. 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.