For all students, please take the following steps to apply for this programme:
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 2023-2024.
Enrolment September 2023
For enrolment in September 2023, the application deadlines for all our Master’s programmes are:
- Apply for DigiD (Dutch students only): Wednesday 8 February 2023
- Registration in Studielink: Wednesday 22 February 2023, 17:00 hrs (CET)
- Application in MyInfo: Wednessday 1 March 2023, 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 6 January 2023, 17:00 hrs (CET)
- Application in MyInfo and for scholarship: Wednesday 11 January 2023, 17:00 hrs (CET)
2. Check entry requirements
Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee determines whether or not all entry requirements as specified below are met and assesses the quality of each application compared to the other applications received.
Limited capacity and selection
The number of available places is limited to 30 students per year. If more qualified students apply than there are places available, candidates with the most convincing academic standing are selected. This is based on:
- Previous study results
- The relevance of previous studies
- Previous knowledge of social sciences research methodology
- Job experience
- Previously written academic work
Please note that this programme attracts many applications each year and that selection tends to be highly competitive.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in political science or in another closely related discipline (such as other social sciences, history, law and economics) 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 a Dutch academic Bachelor's degree.
All applicants are expected to have a solid basis in the field of political science / Public Policy and Governance, with a minimum of 30 ECTS earned during previous studies.
Applicants should have a solid basis in social science methods and techniques 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:
- Construct a solid research design
- Understand advantages and disadvantages of different research methods and a mixed methods approach
- Develop and apply a research method, for instance:
- Develop, apply and analyse a survey with a statistical package
- And/or develop, apply and analyse an interview
- And/or apply interpretative methods and analyse findings.
Study results obtained in previous education should demonstrate that a student is able to attain and maintain a good to excellent level, especially in the field of political science / Public Policy and Governance.
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 this Master’s programme, an exemption is made for Dutch students. They do not have to submit an English test score. Depending on the lecturer’s nationality and availability, they may be allowed to hand in written work in Dutch. Nevertheless, they are strongly advised to prepare themselves optimally, e.g. by undertaking language skills courses in academic English and/or public speaking.
For more information, also on the test requirements and possible exemptions, please see:
Please see here for more information on our pre-Master possibilities:
If you have any questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 3. Registration in 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.
5. Submit your UvA application form
After you have registered in Studielink, you will also receive an email from Studielink (within a few days) with a link to our online application system. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam.
The application form will give you all needed instructions. For additional guidance, please refer to the quick reference overviews and more elaborate information here below:
For more elaborate guidance:
If you have questions regarding admission and application, please contact the Admissions Office at email@example.com
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.Certified document for your application
9. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.
Get more information about practical matters for international students.
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.
- 12. Pay the tuition fee