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Research Master
Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)
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Application & admission

Every programme at the Faculty of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 March 2022. After this date, an initial selection will be made. Only if any places remain available, the deadline may be extended, in which case students with a Dutch or other EU/EER nationality will be able to apply until 15 May 2022.

    Please note: if you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.

    If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Research Master’s in Cultural Analysis is open for application to all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university, in the humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies) taken in the fields of cultural and or critical theory, comparative literature or history of art.

    You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in contemporary cultural and critical theory (while a background in literary and/or visual analysis is helpful but not compulsory).

    Student profile

    As a student in the Research Master’s programme in Cultural Analysis you will be expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

    • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis.
    • You are familiar with conversations in a branch or branches of contemporary critical theory such as feminist theory, post- or decolonial studies, queer theory, environmental studies, posthumanism, cultural memory etc.  
    • You are interested in exploring the possibilities of the analysis of cultural objects from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

    Hbo-bachelor not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master's.

    Grade average

    If you wish to apply for a Research Master's programme, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least an

    • A/3.6 (American system)
    • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • B (ECTS-system), or 
    • 7.5 (Dutch system)

    If you obtained a  lower grade averages you can  apply, particularly if you obtained a sufficient grade average for the courses related to the research master’s programme and/or courses taken in the advanced phase of your prior education. Please include an explanation in your motivation form.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.

    English language requirements

    New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

    Selection procedure

    Because of the limited number of places available, all prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your file to that of other applicants. Distinguish yourself with solid basic academic knowledge in the field of study, sufficient test scores and a convincing and enthusiastic motivation letter.

  • 3. Register for the Research Master's Arts and Culture in Studielink
  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.

    Please make sure that in Studielink (step 3) you have selected Cultural Analysis as the track you intend to follow, and it is the selected track in your MyInfo application. Applications for selective programmes that have been selected as a second track will not be processed.

    Application fee

    All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.

    Application documents

    motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, a programme-specific document, and proof of English language proficiency.

    Programme-specific documents
    Applicants are invited to either submit a recent sample of academic writing which will be assessed according to the following criteria: 

    • evidence of proficiency in the critical analysis of cultural objects and/or phenomena;
    • familiarity with a particular theoretical discourse;
    • clarity of argumentation and style;
    • academic English and referencing and citation practices;

    or to complete a written exercise. Select a cultural object – possibly, but not necessarily related to your proposed research, and then draw on theoretical discourse with which you are familiar. Provide 1,000 to 1,250 words of critical analysis written in English. Try and identify a particular aspect or detail of your chosen object and bring that into conversation with one or two concepts from your theoretical discourse. Ideally, the analysis will show both how the concept illuminates the object and the object encourages us to reflect further on our understanding of the concept. Add a bibliography of secondary material you used.

    Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:

 

After submitting your application

Because this is a selective programme, applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board after the application deadline has passed. You will be notified of whether you have been admitted to the programme after this time.

If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: