60 European Credits (ECs) are the equivalent of a full year of study or work. Please note that in The Netherlands, 1 EC represents 28 hours of work by law.
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is designed to make it easier for students to move between countries and to have their academic qualifications and study periods abroad recognised.
Level 3 of the UvA bachelor refers to level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Qualifications_Framework.
Applicants need to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and skills in the main fields of Psychology as shown by academic course modules on the transcript.
The selection committee requires all students to have basic knowledge of the broad range of subjects within the field of Psychology at least at level 1 (comparable to UvA bachelor year 1, basic, introductory courses).
You can meet this requirement by showing you have passed (basic) courses on several subjects in Psychology: e.g. Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology (often called Psychopathology), Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Educational Psychology, Organizational or Industrial Psychology, et cetera.
At level 1/2/3
The Research Master's programme at the University of Amsterdam is firmly embedded in experimental psychology. Over a two-year period, students complete advanced courses on research methods and statistics. Because these are advanced courses, we expect our students to start the programme with sufficient statistical skills and methodological knowledge.
The book that reflects the level of statistical knowledge that is needed is: Agresti & Franklin, Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data (2012).
To find out whether you possess the skills and knowledge required to follow the advanced research methods and statistics courses, we offer you this test:
The 20 questions in this test are based on the book "Statistics: the art and science of learning from data" by Agresti & Franklin (2012). The test is purely self-diagnostic and designed to give candidates insight in the skills and knowledge required to successfully follow our advanced methods and statistics courses. The results of this test are not revealed to us and will in no way affect the selection of candidates for the Research Master.
At level 2 or 3
You need to demonstrate sufficient advanced knowledge and skills in the field of your intended major specialization, as demonstrated by academic course modules on the transcript. This background knowledge is required to successfully participate in the advanced specialized courses.
These courses have to be at level 2 (comparable to UvA bachelor year 2, comprehensive, intermediate courses) or 3* (comparable to UvA bachelor year 3, advanced, more specialized courses).
The major is to be selected out of the following six specializations:
* Level 3 of the UvA bachelor refers to level 6 of the European Qualifications Framework.
You should have had research experience other than theoretical, (e.g., lab training, research project during bachelor, research assistant, publications etc.). This can be demonstrated by courses on the transcript (applicants need to be at least enrolled in a Bachelor’s thesis, though it may not be finished yet). Additional research experience can be put on the curriculum vitae/ resume: in a paragraph ‘research experience’.
You should demonstrate your scientific writing skills by making an assignment in the application. Applicants are asked to write an abstract with an adequate structure, logic, strength of argumentation, grammar and spelling, on basis of a given article.
In addition to the academic requirements, the selection committee assesses the relevance and quality of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected in case the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. The motivation statement consists of answers to four specific questions regarding the programme.
More information about the motivation statement can found under header '6. Upload required documents'.
Applicants who would like to apply for the special study track ‘health care requirement’, need to fulfil more requirements. Please read the following to see who is eligible and how this should be demonstrated: https://studiegids.uva.nl/xmlpages/page/2020-2021/zoek-opleiding/opleiding/6082/235756