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Application and admission

For applicants with Dutch prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with Dutch prior education


Contact details Education Desk

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the Education Desk.

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.

    Start your application procedure on time

    Registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Therefore, we strongly recommend to start the application procedure at least a week before the deadline.


    Starting in September

    30 June 23.59 CEST

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship 

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

    Read more about UvA Scholarships

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    According to our formal regulations we distinguish between the following qualification categories:

    Category 1
    Bachelor’s degree in (Technical) Computer Science, Informatics or similar from a research university (in Dutch: WO) in the Netherlands;

    Category 2
    Bachelor’s degree in (Technical) Computer Science, Informatics or similar from a university of applied sciences (in Dutch: HBO) in the Netherlands with a grade point average of 7 or higher and successful completion of an individual pre-Master’s programme (see below);

    Additionally, your ability to write and speak in English must be at an academic level. To prove your level of English please provide us with your scores of one of the following tests:

    • the TOEFL Test,
    • the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS)
    • a Cambridge Examination Score  (C1 Advanced (CAE) and C2 Proficiency (CPE).

    Other tests will not be accepted.

    More information about the English language test and required scores

    Category 3
    Completion of a substantial part of a higher education degree programme in Informatics or a closely related subject supplemented by several years of relevant practical experience in the field of software engineering in an industrial context and successful completion of an individual pre-Master’s programme (see below).

    The Admissions Board evaluates each application. Depending on the above category applicants may be asked to complete a questionnaire detailing their individual competences, may be invited for a cognitive capacity test and, in the final step, may be invited for a personal interview with a member of the Admissions Board.

    The outcome of the intake process is one of the following three:

    • The Admissions Board accepts the application for the upcoming academic year.
    • The Admissions Board rejects the application.
    • The Admissions Board defines an individual pre-Master’s programme. Upon successful completion of all parts thereof, the applicant will be admitted to the programme in the following academic year.

    Rejected candidates are allowed to re-apply in subsequent academic years. New academic skills or more industrial work experience in the software engineering field may let the Admissions Board come to a different conclusion in the future.

    Pre-Master's programme

    For category 2 and 3 applicants the Admissions Board will define a pre-Master’s programme tailor-made for the applicant. Our objective with this pre-Master’s programme is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to complete the Master’s programme successfully and in time. This personalised pre-Master’s programme helps us to achieve one of the university’s highest success rates.

    The pre-Master’s programme and consists of the following courses,  which are part of the Bachelor degree Informatica:

    • Data Structures / Datastructuren (6EC);
    • Compiler Construction / Compilerbouw (6EC);
    • Programming languages / Programmeertalen (6EC);
    • Operating Systems / Besturingssystemen (6EC);
    • Automata and Formal Languages / Automaten en Formele Talen (6EC);
    • Project Software Engineering (6EC);
    • Logic in Action (self-study);
    • Functional Programming (self-study).

    The Admissions Board may waive courses from the above list based on the individual knowledge and skills of an applicant. All but the self-study courses are from the Bachelor’s programme Informatica. For details regarding these courses see the study guide.

    It may be possible to include courses from the pre-Master’s programme in an on-going Bachelor education. This depends mainly on the Bachelor’s programme. However, self-study courses due to their nature are excluded from this under any circumstances.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink (PDF)

    Important! While selecting the Master’s programme of your interest in Studielink, make sure to select the regular programme (option 1). Do not select option 2 (after a temporary termination of enrolment) or option 3 (elective) if you are a degree seeking student. You can select the track of your interest later on in DataNose.


  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.

    Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of all academic transcripts into one PDF.

    In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:

    1.  A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2.  Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3.  A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript
    4.  A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have  not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    5.  A description of your Bachelor thesis/project


    Please make sure you have uploaded all the required documents, as you can't add any documents after submitting. Only your English scores can be sent in later. 

    If you have any questions about the required documents as a student with a Dutch degree, please contact the Education Desk

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8).  You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    If you are conditionally admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. In the letter you will find a link to DataNose to accept or decline your place in the programme. This has to be done within two weeks. If you have questions about this, please contact the Education Desk.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.

  • 9. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. After admission, you will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.