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
Students with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology or in another closely related discipline (such as social sciences or humanities) 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.
The above-mentioned related disciplines should include a substantial number of courses in anthropology, including a one semester (or trimester) course in anthropological theory completed with a good grade. Generally, students from related fields are well enough prepared when they have earned about 30 ECTS credits in Anthropology. The courses of such a background need to consist of a mixture of introductory courses, theoretical overview courses and specialized courses.
Applicants should have a solid basis in both qualitative and (less important) quantitative social sciences research methodology reflected by the completion of at least (an equivalent of) 20 ECTS during previous study. Experience with the following research methods skills is required:
- Make a solid research design
- Knowledge and training in qualitative research skills such as participant observation; interviewing; discourse analysis; and possibly historical research methods;
- Understand advantages and disadvantages of different qualitative research methods and triangulation Quantitative research skills that can be used for the purpose of triangulation
- Analyse the results of empirical qualitative research.
Visual anthropology requirements
To participate in this specialization, there are extra requirements that concern only Visual Anthropology that students need to meet:
1. You have received prior education in or can demonstrate thorough practical knowledge of filming and editing. In order to assess your level of competence, the Assessment Committee asks you to submit an audio-visual project that you have completed (video or portfolio with photographs).
How: It is important that you make your portfolio (which can be photographs or film material) available in your online application in MyInfo. In order to do this you will have to upload your (audio-)visual material to a website. You can then add the link(s) to your online application for Visual Anthropology, in your motivation letter, so that the admissions committee can view your work. You cannot send this portfolio separately via email.
2. You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient training and knowledge in visual anthropology by having taken visual anthropological or related courses. Relevant work experience in the field of photography, filming and editing may (partially) substitute academic work in Visual Anthropology.
3. Applicants must specify their ideas for a feasible research project to undertake during the Master's programme.
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 more information on the test requirement 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.
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