Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.
Please see below for the most important deadlines you must consider when applying to one of our Master’s programmes for the academic year 2019-2020.
For enrolment in August/September 2019, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:
If you are in need of a visa or are applying for a scholarship, you will need to adhere to earlier deadlines:
Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether or not all entry requirements as specified below are met and assesses the quality of each application compared to the other applications received.
The number of available places is limited to 150 students per year. If more qualified students apply than there are places available, candidates with the most convincing academic standing are selected. This is based on:
Please note that this programme attracts many applications each year and that selection tends to be highly competitive.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in political science and international relations or in another closely related discipline (such as other social sciences, history, law and economics) are invited to apply, provided they meet all other entry requirements.
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 university education.
All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of political science / International Relations, with a minimum of 60 ECTS earned during previous studies (including 20 ECTS on social sciences research method - see below - and preferably with a clear focus on International Relations).
Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and quantitative social sciences research methodology as demonstrated by the completion of (the equivalent of) at least 20 ECTS during previous study. Upon entry to the Master's programme, students are expected to be able to:
Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of political science / International Relations.
As the Master's programme will be highly demanding and fully taught in English, a high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants. All students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and give presentations in English.
To ensure the quality of education and to safeguard students from failing their studies or slowing down class interactions, all non-native speakers need to demonstrate their proficiency in English before enrolment. All applicants who are nationals of countries other than:
are required to submit an English test score that meets specific requirements. Inability to do so will disqualify them from enrolment.
For this Master’s programme, an exemption is made for Dutch students. They do not have to submit an English test score. Depending on the lecturer’s nationality and availability, they may be allowed to hand in written work in Dutch. Nevertheless, they are strongly advised to prepare themselves optimally, e.g. by undertaking language skills courses in academic English and/or public speaking.
Students of the College of Social Sciences (CSW) of the University of Amsterdam are encouraged to complete the English Refresher Course (CSW) as proper preparation, during their Bachelor’s studies. Please note that, as of September 2019, this course will no longer be offered.
If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.
A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.
· Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
· Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.
Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'.
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.
After you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.
The application form will give you all needed instructions. For additional guidance, please refer to the quick reference overviews and more elaborate information here below:
If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.