The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 March 2024, 23:59 CET (register in Studielink before 23 February, see step 2).
Please make sure to follow the steps of the application process carefully to ensure that your application can be processed.
The Master's programme in Heritage and Memory Studies is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in:
You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:
It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo) or an international equivalent thereof. However, a pre-master’s programme in cultural anthropology, cultural studies, (art) history, archaeology and prehistory, social geography, or urban planning might enable you to eliminate your deficiencies and meet the degree requirements for application. We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) specifically for this Master's programme. For further advice, please contact the programme coordinator before applying.
The Admissions Board will determine if your academic background is sufficient for admission to the (pre-)Master’s programme. Admission to the (pre-)Master’s programme is not guaranteed.
New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully on the page below whether:
Because of the limited number of places available, prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your application to that of other applicants, thereby assessing which candidates fit the student profile best. As part of the selection procedure, we ask you to upload a sample of academic work written in English in the application form (see step 4 below).
During the selection procedure for the Heritage and Memory Studies programme, preference will be given to students who have obtained at least the following grade average for the courses related to the dual master’s programme you are pursuing:
Students with lower grade averages are welcome to apply, particularly those who obtained a sufficient grade average in the advanced phase of their prior education. Please offer an explanation in your motivation form about what may have affected your academic development.
All students applying for a Master’s programme with a non-Dutch degree must pay a non-refundable application fee of €100. The UvA cannot start processing your application until this fee has been paid. You can pay the application fee via SIS by credit card (Master or Visacard) or iDEAL.
You do not have to pay the application fee:
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
Important: if you intend to pursue the specialisation Restitution Studies, please indicate this on the motivation form.
Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:
*Please note: If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September. If you have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 August.
The Admissions Board will request a sample of academic work written in English (750 words) in which you discuss and problematise a heritage or memory issue that illustrates how traces of the past (e.g. historic sites, objects, memorials) can be contested or instrumentalised. Use source citations: preferably MLA, but other referencing styles are accepted as long as used consistently. This programme-specific document should give evidence of the candidate’s ability to:
Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application.
Because this is a selective programme, applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board after the application deadline has passed. You will be notified of whether you have been admitted to the programme after this time.
If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: