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Application and admission

For applicants with Dutch prior education

If you have obtained or will obtain a diploma or degree certificate from a Dutch educational institution, please follow the steps below to apply for this programme.

Application process for applicants with Dutch prior education

Contact details 

If you have any questions throughout the application process, please don't hesitate to contact the Education Desk (see blow) or the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation: 

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

Education Desk

  • 1. Check the deadlines

    To apply for this Master’s programme you will need to register in Studielink AND apply for the programme at the Faculty of Science through DataNose before the mentioned dates, even if you have not completed your Bachelor’s programme yet.

    Start your application procedure on time

    Registrations in Studielink and DataNose and getting all documents ready will take several days. Therefore, we strongly recommend to start the application procedure at least a week before the deadline.


    Starting in September 15 March
    Starting in February 1 December

    Deadline with a UvA Scholarship 

    Please note that if you want to apply for a UvA Scholarship, other deadlines for application to the Master's programme apply.

    Read more about UvA Scholarships

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Relevant undergraduate degree

    Applicants are expected to have at least a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in one of the following fields:

    • Computer Science
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Linguistics

    Dual degrees covering a combination of two of these subjects will be considered as satisfying the relevant undergraduate degree requirement, but very broad interdisciplinary degrees that do not include a sufficient amount of depth in one particular subject are usually not considered as a relevant undergraduate degree.

    The Admissions Board will consider admitting candidates who do not satisfy the requirement of relevant undergraduate degree if their list of courses proves that they have acquired the necessary background for postgraduate work in logic.

    Logic background

    Applicants are expected to have solid background in modern formal logic, affinity with mathematical and formal thinking and sufficient familiarity with mathematical proofs. In practice, this means that incoming students are expected to have taken a course in mathematical logic up to and including the proof of the completeness theorem for first-order logic and have taken courses requiring mathematical or formal reasoning. Note that introductory logic courses in philosophy and linguistics departments usually do not provide enough logic background to satisfy this requirement: often, courses in philosophy departments covering this material are called Metalogic.

    The Admissions Board is aware that courses covering this material are not offered at all universities and will consider admitting candidates who do not satisfy this requirement if they have an otherwise very strong formal background.

    Academic excellence

    Applicants are expected to display academic excellence, usually witnessed by a very strong academic record, i.e., the equivalent of a Dutch cum laude distinction. In particular, the Admissions Board expects excellent performance in courses that are relevant for the Master of Logic.

    While grades in the undergraduate degree are one important indicator, the Admissions Board does not base its decision entirely on grades. Other indicators for academic excellence include academic awards and prizes, undergraduate publications, co-authorship in research publications, involvement in research projects, or engagement in logic-related activities. This list is not exhaustive: there are many ways to convince the Admissions Board that an applicant is academically excellent.

    If you have questions about the entry requirements, please contact the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation: mol-illc@uva.nl

    Schakelprogramma / Pre-Master’s programme

    In exceptional cases, candidates who are not admitted by the Admissions Board due to lack of some background knowledge can be admitted to a so-called schakelprogramma (pre-Master’s programme). A schakelprogramma consists of up to 30 EC of relevant Bachelor's courses at the University of Amsterdam. Because most of these courses are taught in Dutch, we can only offer this opportunity to Dutch-speaking students. Upon completion of the pre-Master’s programme, the applicant will then be admitted to the Master of Logic. Note that you cannot directly apply for this pre-Master’s programme.

    More information on the entry requirements

  • 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 pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID 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 (PDF)

    Important! While selecting the Master’s programme of your interest in Studielink, make sure to select the regular programme (option 1). Do not select option 2 (after a temporary termination of enrolment) or option 3 (elective) if you are a degree seeking student. Note that the track of your interest can be selected later on in DataNose.


  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    Within 48 hours after submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID and an email with instructions for the next step of the application process. You need your UvAnetID to continue with your application. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your UvAnetID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    Only after activating your UvAnetID, you can submit your UvA online application via DataNose.

    Please make sure to upload the required documents in PDF format. Applicants who (will) hold more than one academic degree must merge copies of both (or more) academic transcripts into one PDF.

    In DataNose we expect you to upload the following documents:

    1.  A motivation letter in English (max. 500 words)
    2.  Your Curriculum Vitae in English
    3.  A copy of your Bachelor’s transcript
    4.  A copy of your Bachelor’s diploma/certificate (or, if you have  not yet finished your current academic programme, a list of courses of your final year)
    5.  A description of your Bachelor thesis/project (if applicable)


    If you have any questions about these documents as a student with a Dutch degree, please contact the Education Desk or the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (mol-illc@uva.nl).

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    As soon as you have submitted the (sufficiently) complete online form in DataNose, your application file will be acknowledged. It differs per programme how long it takes before you are informed via email about the decision on admission. However it will not take longer than 6 weeks. An admission will always be conditional as we must still verify your documents (consult step 8).  You can track the status of your admission using the checklist in DataNose.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept or decline offer

    If you are (conditionally) admitted to the Master’s programme you will receive an admissions letter by means of email. To accept or decline your place in the programme, please email as soon as you have decided to: mol-illc@uva.nl

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you are conditionally admitted please consult DataNose for details on which exact documents are required and when and how to send them.

  • 9. Request student ID card

    A student ID card is a personal card which serves as proof of identity for examinations or borrowing library books. After admission, you will receive instructions on how to request your student ID card.