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Master Psychology: Brain & Cognition in Society (track)

Application and admission

Brain & Cognition in Society

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Apply between 1 October 2019 and 1 March 2020 (for enrolment in September 2020)

    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 2020.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    In order to apply, you should have an academic Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or another closely related field. An undergraduate degree programme with an applied emphasis (Dutch: HBO Bachelor) is not equivalent to an academic Bachelor’s degree. Please refer to all information on this page to determine whether you are eligible:

    Basic requirements

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

    • ≥5 EC Basic knowledge of Psychology
    • ≥24 EC Methods and Statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research
    • ≥9 EC Empirical research project (demonstrating your writing & research skills) on a Psychological or related Social Science.

    You will automatically meet the basic requirements if you will finish (or have already finished) a bachelor’s programme in

    • Psychology at a Dutch university
    • Hogeschool van Amsterdam Kwalificatieprogramma
    • Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen at the UvA
    • PPLE (majoring in Psychology) at the UvA
    • Bèta Gamma (majoring in Psychology) at the UvA 

    If you finish (or have already finished) Psychobiologie at the UvA you automatically meet basic requirement 1+2. Concerning basic requirement 3: you do not need to show you finished a 9 ec empirical research project, you only have to show the subject was related to Psychology.

    Track-specific requirements

    In order to apply for the Master's track Brain and Cognition in Society, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:

    • ≥ 12 ec Perception-action cycle, Learning and Memory, Consciousness on 3rd year level
    • ≥ 6 ec Different cognitive domains, such as Attention, Language, Emotions, Higher cognitive functions on on 3rd year level
    • ≥ 6 ec Experimental paradigms and methods used in cognitive (neuro)science, e.g. EEG, reaction time experiments, physiological measurement, neuroimaging and understand the potential and limitations of the different research methods on 3rd year level.

    Statement of Motivation

    In addition to the basic and track-specific requirements, the selection committee also assesses the relevance of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected in case the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. See header 6 for more details about the motivation statement.

    English language proficiency and academic level

    • International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores. 
    • International degrees should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree. 

    More information

    Pre-Master's programme

    In case you do not meet all the basic requirements for the track of you choice, you are not eligible for a pre-Master's programme.

    In case you do not meet all the track-specific requirements for the track of your choice, you may be eligible for a pre-Master's programme.

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

    Information for HBO students

    An undergraduate degree programme with an applied emphasis (Dutch: hbo-bachelor) is not equivalent to an academic Bachelor’s degree, and therefore gives no access to the Psychology Master’s nor to the pre-Master’s programmes.

    More information

  • 3.1 Submit enrolment application in Studielink


    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.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    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.

    Choose your programme

    When submitting your enrolment application, choose 'WO Master' Psychology. You will be able to choose the Master's track of your choice in step 4.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'. 

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink
  • 3.2 Optional second track choice

    The Psychology Master’s tracks have a maximum number of available places. You may apply for a second track, provided that you meet all entry requirements. When applying for two tracks, select your first choice in Studielink. You will be able to select your second track choice in MyInfo.

    Please note that you can only be admitted to max. one track per admissions round. This means that, if you apply to two tracks and are eligible for both, you only get max. one placement offer.  Your second preference will only be taken into consideration if you cannot be admitted to the track of your first choice.

  • 3.3 Consecutive second track in new academic year

    Students who were already admitted to another track of the Psychology Master’s programme, and who wish to enroll for a second track in the consecutive academic year, are not able to enroll according to the instructions mentioned above. These students should send an email to the admissions office (admissions-psy@uva.nl) with the following information:

    • name and student number
    • name of track they started in the previous year
    • filled out Proof of Qualifications document for the track-specific requirements of the second track
    • motivation statement for second track according to our format
    • most recent grade list

    In case students get admitted to a second track in the consecutive year, they should not forget to re-enrol 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 academic diplomas, cv, copy of your passport, English language proficiency test score and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. 

    Proof of Qualification

    In order to demonstrate your knowledge of the basic and track-specific requirements, you need to fill out and upload your proofs of qualification (PoQ) for both the basic and the track-specific requirements. Refer to section 2: Entry requirements and list your corresponding courses in the PoQ templates.

    Guidelines on how to fill out your Proof of Qualification

    Download Proof of Qualification - Basic Requirements Download Proof of Qualification - Track-specific Requirements

    Statement of Motivation

    Please use our template to fill out your statement of motivation. No other formats are accepted. Make sure you substantiate your motivation for the particular track you’re applying for (avoid generalities).

    Download Statement of Motivation

    Proof of English proficiency

    It is your responsibility to submit a complete application in MyInfo by 1 March 2020. We only make an exception for submitting your English proficiency test scores, in case you are still waiting for your score report. As long as the rest of your application is complete by 1 March 2020, it is allowed to submit your English scores by 30 April 2020. If you fail to submit your scores, or if your scores are insufficient by this date, your application will no longer be considered.

  • 7. Wait for admissions decision

    All applications are evaluated after the application deadline. The outcome of timely submitted applications will be announced around mid-May (by email through MyInfo). Click here for more detailed information about the processing time of pre-master’s and master’s applications for 2020-2021.

  • 8. 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.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. 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.