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Cultural and Social Anthropology: Visual Anthropology (track)
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Application and admission

For all students, please take the following steps to apply for this programme:

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Please see below for the most important deadlines you must consider when applying to one of our Master’s programmes for the academic year 2022-2023.

    Important information concerning Visual Anthropology track:

    Please note that the Master’s track Visual Anthropology will not have a February enrolment possibility anymore after February 2022. The start of this track will change to September. The next start of this track (after February 2022) will be in September 2023. The first possibility to apply will be as of 1 October 2022. We will then be able to receive and process applications for the start in September 2023.

    Students who expect that they may have to do a pre-Master’s programme before being admitted to our Master’s track Visual Anthropology in September 2023, must adhere to earlier application deadlines (please see below, ‘Enrolment September 2022’), in order to create time to do the pre-Master’s programme before the start of the Maser’s track in September 2023.

    Prospective Visual Anthropology students who expect they need to do a pre-Master’s programme will have to:

    • apply for enrolment for the General track Cultural and Social Anthropology, starting in September 2022 (both in Studielink and MyInfo);
    • make clear in the motivation letter that the application concerns Visual Anthropology with possible need of a preMaster’s programme;
    • provide a link to the portfolio in that same motivation letter.

    Please view ‘entry requirements’, for further instructions on the Visual Anthropology portfolio.

    The admissions committee will then evaluate the application and decide whether the student may be accepted on the condition that s/he completes a pre-Master’s programme first, so that the student can still start with the Master’s track Visual Anthropology in September 2023. Please note that the pre-Master’s programmes for Visual Anthropology start in September (60 ECTS credits) and February (30 ECTS credits.

    Application deadlines

    Enrolment February 2022 (which is the last enrolment possibility in February for the track Visual Anthropology)

    For enrolment in February 2022, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 18 August 2021
    • Registration in Studielink: Tuesday 7 September 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Friday 10 September 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)


    Visa & scholarship

    If you are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, you will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:

    • Registration in Studielink: Monday 12 July 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Thursday 15 July 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)


    Enrolment September 2022

    For enrolment in September 2022, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 9 February 2022
    • Registration in Studielink: Wednesday 23 February 2022, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Tuesday 1 March 2022, 17:00 hrs (CET)


    Visa & scholarship

    If students are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, they will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:

    • Registration in Studielink: Friday 7 January 2022, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Wednesday 12 January 2022, 17:00 hrs (CET)


  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Bachelor's degree

    Students with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or in another closely related discipline (such as social sciences or humanities) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.

    International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.


    The above-mentioned related disciplines should include a substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade. Generally, students from related fields are well enough prepared when they have earned about 60 ECTS credits in Anthropology. The courses of such a background need to consist of a mixture of introductory courses, theoretical overview courses and specialized courses.

    Research methodology

    Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and (less important) quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:

    • Make a solid research design
    • Knowledge and training in qualitative research skills such as participant observation; interviewing; discourse analysis; and possibly historical research methods;
    • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different qualitative research methods and triangulation Quantitative research skills that can be used for the purpose of triangulation
    • Analyse the results of  empirical qualitative research.

    Visual anthropology requirements

    To participate in this specialization, there are extra requirements that concern only Visual Anthropology that students need to meet:

    1. You have received prior education in or can demonstrate thorough practical knowledge of filming and editing. In order to assess your level of competence, the Assessment Committee asks you to submit an audio-visual project that you have completed (video or portfolio with photographs).

    How: It is important that you make your portfolio (which can be photographs or film material) available in your online application in MyInfo. In order to do this you will have to upload your (audio-)visual material to a website. You can then add the link(s) to your online application for Visual Anthropology, in your motivation letter, so that the admissions committee can view your work. You cannot send this portfolio separately via email.

    2. You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient training and knowledge in visual anthropology by having taken visual anthropological or related courses. Relevant work experience in the field of photography, filming and editing may (partially) substitute academic work in Visual Anthropology.

    3. Applicants must specify their ideas for a feasible research project to undertake during the Master's programme.

    English language proficiency

    Our Master's programmes are highly demanding and fully taught in English. To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants.

    For more information on the test requirement and possible exemptions, please see:

    Pre-Master's programme

    Please see here for more information on our pre-Master possibilities:


    If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at

  • 3. Submit enrolment application 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 also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.

    The application form will give you all needed instructions. For additional guidance, please refer to the quick reference overviews and more elaborate information here below:

    For more elaborate guidance:


    If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    If and after we have decided that you can be admitted to the programme, we will send you a letter of (conditional) acceptance by e-mail (through MyInfo) together with more information on how to complete your registration at the UvA and how to apply for a visa or residence permit (if applicable to you). 

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    After you have been conditionally accepted to the Master’s programme and we have sent you the letter of (conditional) acceptance, you will receive an Accept Offer sent to you by MyInfo. Please follow the instructions and confirm this Accept Offer. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and possibly visa application, after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.

After (conditional) admission

  • 8a. 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. Verification is done based on the records provided by DUO.

    If you completed your Bachelor’s programme abroad, please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. You need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or scans of the original certified documents are not accepted. 

    You may also need to submit an official English test score report.

    You can find more information about the certified documents and where to send them to in your (conditional) acceptance letter.

  • 8b. Request for provisional admission with study delay (due to Covid-19)

    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 occurring since corona measures have been implemented, can request a provisional admission to the (pre-)master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • The still to be completed bachelor’s programme takes place in an EEA country
    • A maximum of 15 EC is missing for completion of the bachelor’s degree

    Please note that components that are specified as academic entry requirements are excluded from this option, because students need this knowledge and these skills as of the start of the master’s programme:

    • Components that are specified as entry requirements for the programme/track: 
      - 60 EC in social science theory, of which at least 30 EC in the field of anthropology
      - 20 EC in social sciences research methods
      - Please note that you can only be admitted after selection on the basis of a portfolio, please check the entry requirements on this page.
    • The bachelor’s thesis or other equivalent components assessing the final attainment target for academic writing and research

    Please note that provisional admission, if granted, has consequences. First and foremost, you will face a higher workload than full-time studying. Second, you will need to hand in your bachelor’s diploma (or equivalent certificate) by August 31, 2023 at the latest. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to complete your master’s degree or pre-master’s programme, regardless your study progress in the (pre-)master’s programme.

    You can request this provisional admission here:

    Form to request provisional admission with study delay (due to Covid-19)

    This link is available as of July 1, 2022 until August 31, 2022. Please request as soon as possible after July 1, in order to expedite processing your request. Please note that you must include a study plan for your combined studies in 2022-2023 with the request. This study plan needs to specify which elements of your bachelor’s programme you still need to complete (please describe the content of these elements and state the credits). The plan should be accompanied by an explanation/motivation that makes clear how and when you will be able to complete the missing work while following the master’s programme. This study plan ought to have been discussed with the study advisor of the master’s programme beforehand. So it is necessary to get in touch with your study adviser in time. The admissions committee for your programme will handle your request (may take up to six weeks). Only complete requests that have been submitted before the deadline with all necessary attachments will be handled.

    Provisional admission to master’s programme with delayed pre-master completion due to corona measures

    Under exceptional circumstances, also students in our pre-master programmes can request the provisional admission. Pre-master students will be informed of these conditions by email.

  • 9. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.

    Get more information about practical matters for international students.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    Student orientation/introduction events are planned in the last 2 weeks of August. At these events you will receive all relevant programme information to make a good start. Your study advisor will send you more detailed information about the Introduction Day in July.

  • 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.