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Psychology: Training & Development

Eligibility quick scan

Do you want to know if you are eligible for the Master's programme Psychology: Training and Development? Fill in our eligibility quick scan! By answering a few questions that take approx. 1-2 minutes, you receive an indication of your chances of being admitted.

Application process

If you have any questions after reading the application process, please check out the FAQ. You will find a lot of answers here about enrollment, Studielink, requirements, the application form and the application outcome.

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Apply between 1 October 2023 and 1 March 2024 (for enrolment in September 2024).

    It may take a couple of days to complete all steps of the application procedure, so make sure to start your application well in time. Make sure to fill out Studielink and MyInfo before the application deadline.

    Note: you may apply before finishing your Bachelor's programme. However, you must obtain your Bachelor's degree and show us a valid proof of graduation by 31 August 2024.

    If you do not meet all the selection requirements for the Master's track, you might qualify for a pre-Master's programme. Applications can be submitted from 1 October to 15 November.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Basic requirements

    All Psychology Master's candidates are expected to meet the following basic requirements:

    • ≥5 EC Basic knowledge of Psychology
    • ≥24 EC Methods and Statistics courses in Psychology or Social Sciences of which ≥21 EC on quantitative research
    • ≥9 EC an Empirical research project about which you wrote an individual report (demonstrating your writing & research skills) on a Psychological or related Social Science subject.

    Candidates who obtain a Psychology Bachelor’s degree at a Dutch university prior to the start of the Master’s programme automatically meet all basic requirements.

    More information about the basic requirements

    Track-specific requirements

    In order to apply for the Master's track Training & Development, you should meet the following track-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements:

    1. Knowledge and skills in the field of (basic) conversation techniques in Psychology. Preferably obtained in the section Practical training: Psychological communication (previous names: Psychological Communication / Conversation practicum) of the UvA Bachelor of Psychology.
    2. Specialist knowledge in one of the areas of Psychology (≥ 12 ECTS at level 2/3)
    3. Aptitude as demonstrated in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

    More information about the track-specific requirements

    Statement of Motivation

    In addition to the basic and track-specific requirements, the selection committee also assesses the relevance of your motivation statement. Applications may get rejected in case the motivation does not sufficiently match the content of the programme. See header 6 for more details about the motivation statement.

    English language proficiency and academic level

    • International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores. 
    • International degrees should be equivalent to a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.

    More information

    Pre-Master's programme

    If you do not meet all the selection requirements for the master's track, you might qualify for a pre-Master's programme.

    If you would like to know whether a pre-Master's programme is an option for you, please apply for the master's track of your choice. Be sure to apply early so you can find out quickly about your next steps. The sooner you apply, the sooner you will find out whether you still need to complete any courses.

    Applications can be submitted from 1 October to 15 November. Make sure to fill out Studielink and MyInfo before the application deadline. Please note: if you do not meet all the requirements, you will be informed before Christmas – thereby providing the opportunity to take and finish a pre-Master’s during the second semester to qualify for the September admissions round (provided that the missed courses will be given in the second semester)

    More information about pre-Master's programmes

    Selection procedure

    Based on the documents you submitted, it will be determined whether you will be invited for the Multiple Mini Interviews. These interviews focus on: reflective capacity, receiving feedback, sensitivity, solidity, making contact and transparency. You will have a short personal interview with several teachers, in which each interview asks about a different criterion. It goes without saying that the interviews are confidential.

    The Multiple Mini Interviews for the master track take place on 3 and 11 March 2022. You can indicate a preference for a date when registering, but the number of places is limited.

    The interviews will be held online.

    If you have applied, you will be informed in mid-May whether you have been placed or not. Not being selected does not mean you are unsuitable to participate: there are only a limited number of places. You may therefore apply again.


     By applying for the Training & Development master's track, you agree to the following conditions:

    • As a reference you will send the feedback letter from your trainer from the last session of PTPC (provided that you have followed that course).
    • No further explanation will be given of the reason for any rejection. Because the selection is limited by the number of places, it gives no indication of your potential as a trainer.
    • The trainer training is heavy and intensive. There is an obligation to be present. Individual and collective preparation takes up a lot of time. You are unreservedly available for the planned periods.
    • You are prepared to reflect on your personal functioning. Self-disclosure, reflection, giving and receiving feedback are indispensable tools in every training programme and certainly in the trainer training programme.
    • Placement in the Training & Development master track means you adhere to the NIP professional ethics for psychologists.


    The Psychology Master’s is a selective programme. In case the number of candidates exceeds the number of places in the programme, students will be ranked based on their study results and motivation; admission will be decided by drawing lots for equally ranked candidates. Eligible students who are not alloted a place in the programme will be put on a waiting list in case a place becomes available later on.

    Information for HBO students

    An undergraduate degree programme with an applied emphasis (Dutch: hbo-bachelor) is not equivalent to an academic Bachelor’s degree, and therefore gives no access to the Psychology Master’s nor to the pre-Master’s programmes.

    More information

  • 3.1 Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 3.2 Optional second track choice

    The Psychology Master’s tracks have a maximum number of available places. You may apply for a second track, provided that you meet all entry requirements. 

    When applying for two tracks, select your first choice in Studielink. Please note that you cannot change your track preference after you have registered in Studielink, so choose carefully. 

    You will be able to select your second track choice in MyInfo. Please note that you can only be admitted to max. one track per admissions round. This means that, if you apply to two tracks and are eligible for both, you only get max. one placement offer. 

    The second preference will be taken into consideration if you cannot be admitted to the (pre)master of their first choice.

  • 3.3 Application for consecutive second track

    Students who were already admitted to another track of the Psychology Master’s programme, and who wish to enroll for a second track in the consecutive academic year, are not able to enroll according to the instructions mentioned above. These students should send an email to the admissions office (admissions-psy@uva.nl) with the following information:

    • name and student number
    • name of track they started in the previous year
    • filled out Proof of Qualifications document for the track-specific requirements of the second track
    • motivation statement for second track according to our format
    • most recent grade list

    In case students get admitted to a second track in the consecutive year, they should not forget to re-enrol 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 receive an email (within a few days) from the Central Student Administration with a link to our online application system: MyInfo. This is where you will submit your application to the University of Amsterdam. During your application via MyInfo you will be asked to upload documents, see 6 ‘upload required documents’.

  • 5. Pay your application fee

    All students applying for a Master’s degree programme with an international bachelor’s diploma are required to pay a non-refundable €100 application fee in SIS by credit card (Master or Visacard) or iDEAL. Only after you have paid this fee the UvA can start to process your application in MyInfo. It is not possible to start an application without paying the application fee. 

    Note: that it can take up to 24 hours for your fee payment to be registered in SIS. Make sure to pay your application fee in time and at least 24 hours before the application deadline of your programme.

    Applying for programmes at multiple Graduate Schools?
    You only have to pay the fee once. So, you can apply to multiple programmes.

    You don't have to pay the application fee:

    • If you have of will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university or university of applied sciences (HBO).
    • If you have already applied and have paid the application fee for another master’s programme at the UvA for the academic year 2024-2025.
    • If you are an exchange student.
    • If you are applying through the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF)
  • 6. Upload required documents

    In MyInfo you will be asked to upload certain documents, including your academic transcripts, grading scheme, copies of your academic diplomas, cv, English language proficiency test score and course descriptions from the course catalogue provided by your university. 

    Proof of Qualification

    In order to demonstrate your knowledge of the basic and track-specific requirements, you need to fill out and upload your proofs of qualification (PoQ) for both the basic and the track-specific requirements. Refer to section 2: Entry requirements and list your corresponding courses in the PoQ templates.

    In order to demonstrate your knowledge of the basic and track-specific requirements, you need to fill out and upload your proofs of qualification (PoQ) for both the basic and the track-specific requirements. Refer to section 2: Entry requirements and list your corresponding courses in the PoQ templates.

    Download Proof of Qualification - Basic Requirements

    Download Proof of Qualification - Track-specific Requirement

    Statement of Motivation

    Please use our template to fill out your statement of motivation. No other formats are accepted. Make sure you substantiate your motivation for the particular track you’re applying for (avoid generalities).

    Download Statement of Motivation 

  • 7. Wait for admissions decision

    All applications are evaluated after the application deadline. The outcome of timely submitted applications will be announced around mid-May (by email through MyInfo).

After conditional admission

  • 9.1 Accept/decline offer

    Should you get admitted to the programme, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer before a certain deadline. It is important to inform us about your decision so we can approach waitlisted candidates.

  • 9.2 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. 

    Please send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates, so we can check them. Ask your university to email these documents to admissions-psy@uva.nl. We do not accept digital documents that you mail to us yourself.

  • 10. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    If you are an international student, you will be informed about housing opportunities and visa/residence permit procedures (if applicable), after you have been admitted. Please click on the links to read information about visa or residence permitinsurance and housing.

  • 11. Attend introduction day

    There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. The Graduate School of Psychology will organize an introduction event on the last Thursday of August. Admitted students will receive more information in due time.

  • 12. 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.

  • 13. Pay the tuition fee

    You will need to pay the tuition fee in order to complete your enrolment for a degree programme at the UvA. Find out more about how to pay the tuition fees.