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Application deadlines

Please check the deadlines below very carefully, because they are strict. Missing one of the deadlines means that your application cannot be processed. 

  • I have a Dutch nationality

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    8 May 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    15 May 2024, 23:59 CET

  • I have an EU/EEA-nationality

    If you wish to apply for housing

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    23 February 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    1 March 2024, 23:59 CET
     

    If you do NOT wish to apply for housing

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    8 May 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    15 May 2024, 23:59 CET

  • I have a non-EU/EEA nationality

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    23 February 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    1 March 2024, 23:59 CET

    If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January, and register in Studielink by 8 January. Learn more at:

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

    To gain admission to the Master’s programme in Philosophy you must meet one of the following four conditions:

    1. You have an academic Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from an accredited university;
    2. You have a degree from the UvA Bachelor's in Bèta-gamma with a Philosophy major;
    3. You have an academic Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and completed the extended minor in Philosophy (60 ECTS) at the University of Amsterdam;
    4. You have an academic Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, and you completed 60 ECTS or equivalent in philosophy courses and can show that these jointly meet the following requirements:
    •  The course topics covered at least two philosophical sub-disciplines (i.e. Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Language, Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science, etc.).
    • Some of the philosophy courses followed were of an advanced academic level.
    • At least one course required the writing of a thesis or an academic paper of at least 3,500 words.

    If you fall into category 4, additional documents have to be submitted as part of your application (see below step 4 Submit your application form in MyInfo).

    Hbo-bachelor not eligible

    It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a pre-Master's programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master's.

    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.
  • 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).
  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    Are you a Bachelor's student in 'Filosofie' or 'Wijsbegeerte' at the UvA and do you graduate before 1 September? Then you do not need to submit an application via MyInfo. Your enrolment will become definitive as soon as your university has registered your graduation. Your graduation date must be no later than 31 August in order to be able to start the Master's programme on 1 September.

    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);
    • programme specific documents (see below).

    Please note that this programme does not require additional documents, such as a motivation letter. Only the above-mentioned documents are taken into consideration by the Admissions Board.

    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 document

    If you cannot be admitted on the basis of a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or having followed the extended minor in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, you will need to demonstrate that you have completed 60 EC or equivalent in philosophy courses that jointly meet the following requirements:

    • Please indicate in the motivation form which subjects you see as a suitable background for the Master's in Philosophy. Motivate this by inserting course descriptions or links to the University's Course Catalogue. If a course has not been taught in a Philosophy department, specify which philosophical literature you have read for the course; and
    • Add a proof of writing in the form of an academic philosophical paper in which mastery of academic skills such as source reference, correct representation of literature, and the ability to set up a philosophical argumentation is demonstrated. The piece must have a length of at least 3,500 words and philosophical sources must have been used.

    You do not have to provide this additional information if you did obtain a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or the UvA Bachelor's Bèta-gamma, or completed the 60 EC minor in Philosophy at the UvA.

After submitting your application

Once we have received your complete application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. This programme offers rolling admissions, meaning you will receive an admission decision within 10 to 12 weeks. It is therefore advisable to complete your application well before the deadline.

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
  • 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.