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.
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:
The Research Master's in Philosophy is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from an accredited university, as well as to students with a Bachelor's degree in a programme other than Philosophy from an accredited university, provided that it includes a set of units of study in philosophy accounting for at least 60 ECTS (the equivalent of approximately one year of full-time academic studies) that meets the following requirements:
1. The units of study cover multiple subdisciplines of philosophy;
2. Several units of study have been taken at an advanced level;
3. At least one of the units of study has been completed with a substantial philosophical and scientific essay.
You will be considered for admission to this Research Master’s programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:
Students are expected to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic environment of the Philosophy department.
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 pre-Master's programme (pre-master or schakelprogramma) for this Master's.
If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.
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.
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 explanation of how motivated you are to do this Master's programme.
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
If you obtained a lower grade average you can apply, particularly if you obtained a sufficient grade average for the courses related to the research master’s programme and/or the courses taken in the advanced phase of your prior education. Please include an explanation in your motivation form.
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.
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.
As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, a programme-specific document (see below) and proof of English language proficiency.
You must upload a sample of written work in philosophy as a programme-specific document in MyInfo. This sample of written work must be academic, written by you and written in English. If you are not in the possession of such a paper, please translate or rewrite 5 to 10 pages of a term paper or of your Bachelor’s thesis into English. If needed, you may combine several short papers into one document.
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:
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: