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Every programme at the Graduate School of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.

Application deadline

The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 February 2024, 23:59 CET (register in Studielink before 25 January, see step 2).

Application process

Please make sure to follow the steps of the application process carefully to ensure that your application can be processed.

  • 1. Check entry requirements

    The Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA, or an equivalent recognised degree from another university, in:

    • the humanities, preferably with a minor in Conservation and Restoration;
    • the sciences, preferably with a minor in Conservation and Restoration.

    Bachelor’s degrees in Art History, Cultural Studies, History, Archaeology, Materials Science and Chemistry provide a particularly suitable basis, but the Admissions Board may also regard other degree certificates as being suitable.

    Hbo-bachelor: not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo), unless you have eliminated your deficiencies during your hbo programme. For further information, please contact our study adviser (studyadviser-cr-fgw@uva.nl).

    We do not currently offer a pre-Master's programme (schakelprogramma) for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage.

    English language requirements

    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:

    • you already meet the English language requirements based on your prior education; or
    • you need to arrange to take an official English language test. If you have serious reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official English language test, you will need to file a strongly motivated, official exemption request at the Graduate School of Humanities’ Examinations Board. Please note that there is a strict deadline in place for such a request, which is one month prior to the Master's application deadline.

    Selection procedure

    The Master's in Conservation and Restoration has a selection procedure. Please follow the procedure outlined in the following documents: 

    Literature and practice tests

    Students applying for the Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage who did not participate in the minor programme will need to take the Canvas tests in Principles of Conservation, Basic Chemistry and Preventive Conservation.

  • 2. Register in Studielink
  • 3. Pay the application fee (international prior education only)

    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:

    • If you have obtained or will obtain a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university or university of applied sciences (HBO);
    • If you have already applied and paid the application fee for another Master’s programme at the UvA for the academic year 2024-2025;
    • If you have already applied and paid the application fee for a Master's programme at the Graduate School of Humanities for the academic year 2023-2024;
    • If you are applying through the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF).

    Please note that the application fee is non-refundable. You are not entitled to a refund even if you do not submit your application form, if you submit an application form after the deadline (which will not be taken into consideration) or if you submit an incomplete application.

  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    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.

    Application documents

    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:

    • curriculum vitae;
    • proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
    • transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
    • diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
    • translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
    • motivation form (PDF);
    • programme specific documents (see below).

    *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.

    Programme-specific documents

    We ask you to upload an example of academic written work in English, so that the Admissions Board can get an impression of your academic writing skills. If you do not have an example of academic work written in English - for example, if all your written work so far is in Dutch or another language - translate or rewrite 3-5 pages of a paper or your thesis in English and upload this as your example of academic written work.

    This programme does not require any other documents, such as a reference letter. Only the above-mentioned documents are taken into consideration by the Admissions Board.

  • 5. Selection procedure

    After you have uploaded all required application documents and have submitted your UvA application form in MyInfo (step 4), you will go to the first round of the selection procedure.

    Students applying for the Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage who did not participate in the minor programme, or who participated in the minor before the academic year 2019-2020, will need to take the Canvas tests in Principles of Conservation, Basic Chemistry and Preventive Conservation (for the relevant study materials, see step 1: Check entry requirements - Literature and practice tests). All candidates must complete a writing assignment, take a colour recognition test and upload a portfolio.

After submitting 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:

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What knowledge, insight and skills should I have?

    As a student in the Master’s programme in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage you are expected to have the following knowledge and qualities:

    • Sufficient academic knowledge in the field of chemistry and art history
    • Excellent manual skills
    • Insight into shape and construction and a good eye for colour
    • Ability to solve practical problems
    • A good focus
    • Ability to work in a team
  • Do I need to be an accomplished artist to qualify?

    Manual dexterity and an excellent eye for detail are important for a conservator or technical art historian. However, provided you show an aptitude, the programme is there to help you develop these skills, so we do not expect you to be an accomplished artist when you apply.

  • Do all students in the master get admitted to the APP phase?

    When you enter as a Master’s student in a conservation specialisation, we count on you being a student with us for the Master’s and for the APP as well. After successful completing of the Master’s programme, admittance into the APP is expected.

  • Can I apply for more than one Master's programme?

    Yes, you can apply for up to a maximum of four Master’s programmes. Some Master’s programmes offer different tracks. You may apply for a maximum of two tracks within the same Master's. If you wish to do so, you can select a second track in the MyInfo application form. Note that we will start by processing the track of your first choice. Only if you are not conditionally admitted to your first track will we continue to process your second track. If you are conditionally admitted to your first track, your application to the second track will be cancelled.

    Please note that it is not possible to choose a selective track as your second choice option. If you are interested in a selective track or programme, be sure to put that as your first choice.

  • Can I apply before having completed my Bachelor's?

    Many applicants to Master's programmes have not finished their previous education when they apply. If this applies to you, then you can upload a transcript of records with the courses and grades obtained so far. Make sure to also include a list of courses from your Bachelor's that you still need to complete. This applies to the scholarship applications as well.