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Research Master
Urban Studies
Application and admission

Application and admission

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree 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 2021-2022.

    Enrolment September 2021

    For enrolment in August/September 2021, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 10 February 2021
    • Registration in Studielink: Wednesday 24 February 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Monday 1 March 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: Friday 8 January 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Wednesday 13 January 2021, 17:00 hrs (CET)

    Enrolment February 2022

    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)
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Educational Background

    Bachelor’s degree

    Students with a serious interest in cities and the urban environment, and a Bachelors’ in a social sciences related discipline (such as human geography, sociology, urban and regional planning, political science and anthropology), are invited to apply to the Research Masters in Urban Studies, providing they meet all other entry requirements. Students with a Bachelors’ in a related area (such as architecture and design) with demonstrable commitment to, or experience of,  urban research, may also be considered (but will also need to demonstrate an understanding of social research methods)  

    International degrees are evaluated on the basis of advice from professional diploma evaluators. The minimum level of the degree should be equivalent to three years of Dutch academic education.

    Urban Studies

    Applicants are expected to have some experience of either study in the field of urban studies, or work in a related area. Applicants with no formal background in urban studies should be able to otherwise demonstrate a familiarity with contemporary urban theories and issues  

    Research Methodology

    Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social science research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of at least one undergraduate course (or equivalent) in social research methods. Students entering the Masters programme, students should be able to:

    • Make a solid research design
    • Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
    • Develop and carry out (simple) surveys
    • Interpret the results of surveys
    • Carry out statistical analysis, preferably with SPSS or similar software
    • Conduct interviews
    • Analyse the results of interview
    • Possibly use historical research methods for the purpose of triangulation.

    Grade average

    Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain an excellent standard. Undergraduate studies should be completed with an overall grade average of at least a B+/A­ /3.5 (American system), second class, upper division Honours degree (British system), B (ECTS system), 7.5 (Dutch system) or equivalent.

    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, also on the test requirements and possible exemptions, please see:


    If you have questions regarding admission and application, 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.

  • 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

  • 8. 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.

    We will need to have received these official documents at the latest one month before the start of the programme.

    Please note that students who need an entrance visa for the Netherlands and/or have also applied to one of our scholarships, will need to have submitted their official documents, including proof of Bachelor graduation, before 1 May.

  • 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.