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Research Master
Psychology (research)
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Application and admission

Application Process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Apply between 1 October 2021 and 1 March 2022 (for enrolment in September 2022)

    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 2022.

    *Note: After enrolling in Studielink, you need to submit your admission request in MyInfo within max four weeks. Both steps have to be completed before the application deadline. Example 1: enrolling in Studielink on 1 January means you have four weeks (until 28 January 23:59h) to submit your admission request in MyInfo. Example 2: submitting an enrolment request in Studielink on 14 February means you have two weeks left to submit your admission request in MyInfo, as the application deadline is 1 March. 

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Board of Admissions carefully considers applications based on the criteria listed below. All applicants on their individual merits. In addition to reviewing study records, and information with regards toon academic achievement, the Board of Admissions looks for motivation, an active interest in research, evidence of strong scientific writing skills, commitment, potential for growth and likelihood of finishing the programme in two years. Please refer to all information below to determine whether you are eligible:

    Academic Requirements

    All Psychology Research Master's candidates are expected to meet the following requirements:

    • An academic bachelor’s degree, considered equivalent to the Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, in Psychology or a closely related field.
    • English language proficiency and academic level
    • A grade average comparable to 7.5 in the Dutch system
    • ≥24 ec Basic knowledge in the most important fields of Psychology
    • ≥24 ec Methods and statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences
      At level 1/2/3
      of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research
      and at least ≥ 4 ec at level 2 or 3
    • ≥12 ec Advanced knowledge and skills courses relevant for the field of the intended major
      At level 2 or 3
    • ≥9 ec Research experience in empirical research in Psychology or Social Sciences or a closely related discipline
    • Scientific writing skills
    • Motivation for the programme

    An academic Bachelor’s degree, considered equivalent to the Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, in Psychology or a closely related field.

    In order to apply, you should have an academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or another closely related field. International degrees should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree. Preferably this is a Bachelor of Science degree or an honours degree. An undergraduate degree programme with an applied emphasis (Dutch: HBO Bachelor) is not equivalent to an academic Bachelor’s degree.

    English language proficiency

    International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores. 

    Grade average

    If you wish to apply for the Research Master’s programme in Psychology you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) and an average GPA per selection requirement of at least:

    • A-/B+/3.5 (American system)
    • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • B (ECTS system), or
    • 7.5 (Dutch system)

    Across the different groups of courses (i.e. basic knowledge, methods & statistics, and advanced knowledge) a GPA of 7.5 is also required.

    However, admission will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average only, our decision is based on academic level and background (ensuring that applicants have an adequate background in psychology, methods and statistics and advanced knowledge in their chosen major),motivation, experience in psychological research, level of scientific writing skills and grade point average.  

    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 allotted a place in the programme will be put on a waiting list in case a place becomes available later on.

    Information for HBO students

  • 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 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’.

  • 6. Upload required documents

    In MyInfo you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your degree certificates, curriculum vitae/resume, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score, and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. Please make sure you have collected the documents that apply to your situation when you start the application.

    If you are selected you will be asked to send the documents marked with an (*) in hard-copy (by post). Obtaining official certified copies can take some time, so please start early.

  • 7. Wait for admissions decision

    All applications are evaluated after the application deadline of 1 March. You will receive the outcome mid-May 2022.

After (conditional) admission

  • 8.1 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. 

  • 8.2 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. 

    Please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. Ask your university to email these documents to We do not accept digital documents that you mail to us yourself.

  • 8.3 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 that occurred after the introduction of the COVID-19 measures may request a provisional admission to the (pre-)master’s programme under the following conditions:

    • The bachelor’s programme to be completed takes place in an EEA country
    • There is a maximum of 15 EC missing for completion of the bachelor’s degree
    • The courses are not part of the basic- and track specific requirements of your master’s track.

    Please note that provisional admission, if granted, has consequences. First and foremost, you will face a higher workload than a regular full-time study. Second, we are unable to guarantee that there will be no overlap in scheduling, e.g. when exams are held. Third, you will need to hand in your bachelor’s degree (or equivalent certificate) by 31 August 2023 at the latest. If you fail to do so, you will not be able to complete your (pre-)master’s degree, regardless of your study progress in the (pre-)master’s programme.

    You can apply for provisional admission here:

    This link is available from 1 July 2022 until 31 August 2022. Please apply as soon as to expedite processing your request. Please note that you must include a study plan for your combined studies in 2022-2023 with the request.

    The admissions committee for your programme will handle your request. It may take up to six weeks to handle the request.

  • 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

    There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. The Graduate School of Psychology will organize an introduction event on Thursday 1 September 2022. 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.

  • 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.