Promising students with an academic Bachelor's degree in a field related to social sciences, but without sufficient background in urban & regional planning, and/or social sciences research methodology, may be admitted provided that they complete a pre-Master’s programme first. To be admitted to this programme, you need to apply to the Master’s programme. The admissions committee will decide whether you can follow the pre-Master’s programme. The programme generally starts in September and consists of a selection of courses from the Bachelor's programme ‘Sociale Geografie & Planologie’, depending on the already present knowledge of a candidate.
In some cases we advise a tailored combination of courses to make sure the student has sufficient knowledge prior to the Master, but in principle we offer four types of pre-Master's programmes.
Please note that non-EU students are only eligible for our pre-Master’s programme if your previous education is comparable to at least a Dutch academic (Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs) Bachelor’s degree.
1) For Academic Bachelor Degrees
- a Minor in Urban and Regional Planning (30 ECTS) for students with a related Bachelor's degree at academic level (such as Political Science, Antropology, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Social Science or Future Planet Studies/Beta-Gamma/Liberal-Arts-&-Sciences with a major in social sciences)
- a Minor in Urban and Regional Planning (30 ECTS) + Crash Course in Methods for students with a broad Bachelor's degree at academic level (such as Physical Geography, Economics, History, Law, Architecture, Urban Design or Public Administration)
2) For non-Academic Bachelor Degrees (HBO)
- a 30 ECTS programme for students with a related Bachelor's degree equal to ROP/Built Environment (see compulsory courses Semester 1 below)
- a 60 EC programme for students with a related Bachelor's degree obtained at a university of applied sciences, such as Verkeerskunde, Lerarenopleiding Aardrijkskunde (see combination of all sections below).
Methoden & Technieken 2Period 1Period 212
Spatial InterventionsPeriod 1Period 212
Leeronderzoek: Geografie en PlanologiePeriod 2Period 36
Literature StudyPeriod 4Period 5Period 66
Planologie: Wetenschap & PraktijkPeriod 46
Gebonden keuze: Track-specific Thematic ElectivePeriod 4Period 512
Gebonden keuze: Track-specific SpecialisationPeriod 56
Research methodology module
Promising applicants who are marginally deficient in social science research methodology (so who have completed 14-16 ECTS credits out of the required 20 ECTS credits) and can remedy this deficiency with a short intensive course may be eligible for the Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methodology and Design offered in the summer prior to the Master's programme (July/August). The admissions committee decides whether a student is eligible to take this summer course to qualify for entry to the Master’s programme.
Insufficient research methodology training includes:
- Overall, an insufficient number of research methodology credits that cannot be compensated with a MOOC (see below).
- If the applicant does not have enough research methodology credits, and does not have sufficient and relevant research experience through internships and employment experience.
Incoming Master's students who are taking this summer course to prepare for their Master's programme at the UvA Graduate School of Social Sciences will not receive European credits (ECTS). Other students are eligible to gain 6 ECTS for this course.
MOOCs and reading assignments
Promising students who do not fully (but nearly) meet the requirements or who are in need of brushing up on their knowledge in the field of social sciences and research methodology, may be asked by the admissions committee to complete a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) or a reading assignment prior to the Master's programme. Reading assignments are offered for free and do not require extra tuition fees.
Application to pre-Master's programme
Application for a pre-Master’s programme is not needed or even possible. You must register for the Master’s programme in Studielink and then submit an application through the link in Myinfo, also for the Master’s programme. The Admissions Committee will assess your application for the Master's programme and decide if a pre-Master’s programme or course is needed and if it will sufficiently prepare you for entry to the Master's programme.