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Master Political Geography (Human Geography)

Application and admission

Entry requirements Master Political Geography (Human Geography)

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 2020-2021.

    Enrolment September 2020

    For enrolment in August/September 2020, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:

    • Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 12 February 2020
    • Registration in Studielink: Wednesday 26 February 2020, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo: Tuesday 3 March 2020, 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 10 January 2020, 17:00 hrs (CET)
    • Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Wednesday 15 January 2020, 17:00 hrs (CET)
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether all entry requirements as specified below are met and assesses the quality of each application in comparison with the other applications received.

    Educational background

    Bachelor's degree

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree in human geography (sociale geografie) or in another closely related discipline (such as sociology, cultural anthropology, political science, economics, bèta­ gamma and/or future planet studies provided it includes a major in human geography) 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 academic education.

    Human geography 

    All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of human geography studies with (the equivalent of) at least 30 ECTS credits earned during previous studies.

    Research methodology

    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:

    • 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.

    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:

    English language proficiency

    Questions

    If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at  apply-gsss@uva.nl

  • 3. 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 persue 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.

    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'
  • 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.

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  • 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.