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Research Master Psychology

Application and admission

Research Master's Psychology

Application process
  • 1. Check deadlines

    Apply between 1 October 2019 and 1 March 2020 (for enrolment in September 2020)

    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. 

    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 2020.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Board of Admission carefully considers all applicants on their individual merits. In addition to reviewing study records, and information with regards to academic achievement, the Board of Admission looks for motivation, an active interest in research, evidence of strong scientific writing skills, commitment, potential for growth and likelihood of finishing the programme in two years. 

    The Psychology Research 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.

    Academic level and background

    Applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree (equivalent to at least three years of Dutch academic training) or an equivalent degree in a field relevant to the research mas­ter's programme in Psychology. Education systems vary considerably across the world; some bachelor's degrees are valued at three years of a Dutch university education, while others are valued at two years or less.

    The minimum entry level for the research master's programme in Psychology is three years of Dutch university education. Students with a bachelor's degree in other disciplines than Psychology can apply for admission to the research master's programme, but they should have at least general knowledge of Psychology and its subdisciplines, as well as knowledge of statistics and methodology. Applicants should also have experience with the topic of specialization in the master's programme.

    Experience with setting up, conducting and reporting experimental research is neces­sary.

    Methodological knowledge and statistical knowledge 

    The Research Master's Psychology programme at the University of Amsterdam is firmly embedded in experimental psychology. Over a two-year period, students complete advanced courses on research methods and statistics. Because these are advanced courses, we expect our students to have sufficient statistical skills and methodological knowledge.The book that reflects the level of statistical knowledge that is needed is: 

    Agresti & Franklin, Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data.

    Methods and Statistics Test 

    You can make this test to find out whether you possess skills and knowledge required to follow our advanced research methods and statistics courses. The 20 questions in this test are based on the book "Statistics: the art and science of learning from data" by Agresti & Franklin (2012). 

    The results of this test will in no way affect the selection of students for our Research Master. The test is purely designed to give students insight in the skills and knowledge required to successfully follow our advanced methods and statistics courses.

    Grade average

    For this master's programme we're aiming at the top 10% students. If you wish to apply for the research master’s programme in Psychology you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least:

    • A-/B+/3.5 (American system)
    • 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
    • B (ECTS system), or
    • 7.5 (Dutch system)

    However, admission will not be granted based on a sufficient grade point average only, our decision is based on academic level and background (esnuring that applicants have an adequate background in psychology, methods and statistics and advanced knowledge in their chosen major); motivation, experience in psychological research, level of scientific writing skills and grade point average.  Across the different groups of courses (i.e. basic knowledge, methods & statistics and advanced knowledge) a GPA of 7.5 is also required. 

    English language proficiency 

    International candidates who are non-native English speakers are required to submit official English proficiency test scores. 

    More information

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Studielink

    Before you can apply to the UvA, you will need to submit an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Choose your programme

    When submitting your enrolment application, choose ‘WO master’ Psychology (Research).

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'. 

    Step-by-step guide to 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’.

    Students who apply on basis of a non-EU Bachelor's degree will be asked to pay 100 EUR application fee. Foreign degree certificates are always sent to the Deans of the University of Amsterdam for a credential evaluation first. The deans compare diplomas in terms of equivalence to Dutch academic training. After they have given their advice, our admissions committee looks at the (amount of) psychology courses in the candidate's academic training. Education systems vary considerably across the world; some bachelor's degrees are valued at three years of a Dutch university education, while others are valued at two years or less.

    Students who have been accepted and have a full enrolment on 1 October can ask for a refund of the application fee. 

  • 6. Upload required documents

    Applicants must upload the following documents in MyInfo:

    If you are selected you will be asked to send the documents marked with an (*) in hard-copy (by post). Obtaining official certified copies can take some time, so please start early.

    (A)   Statement of motivation

    Please answer the following questions in your statement of motivation: 

    1. What makes you fit for the research master, and specifically your chosen major? (max 100 words)

    • Think about which courses from your bachelor are relevant here
    • Do you have other experiences (e.g., work, internship, volunteering, management, publications, etc.) that could contribute to success in research master?

    2. Give an example of an investigation that you could do for your research master thesis. (max 250 words)

    • Explain why this topic appeals to you
    • Provide suggestions for a research design and provide rationale for your choice.

    3. Give an example of one or two research master courses you would like to follow during your track and explain why these courses appeal to you. (max 100 words)

    • Explain why that type / subject / place appeals to you for an internship.

    4. What are your plans after graduating? And how does this track work for you? (max 100 words)

    Possible addition: 

    Is there evidence of extenuating circumstances affecting your performance during your education? If yes, give a brief summary (think of management, top sports, dual programs, illness, care, etc). (Max 100 words).

    (B) *   Academic transcripts

    Official transcripts of all university courses and examinations that you have taken, including the credits and grades you have obtained. Transcripts in any other language than English, German, French, Spanish or Dutch should be translated into English by a sworn translator. * The original transcripts should be sent together with the translation in a closed envelope, sealed by the university. If you have attended more than one university, please enclose a chronological overview with your application.

    (C) Grading schema + Course overview

    If the local grading and credit system deviates from the Dutch system, you will be asked to upload a grading schema. 

    Course overview:  basic Psychology / advanced knowledge in field Major / professional skills/ research methods

    Please provide us with an overview of your course titles (in English or Dutch), course codes and obtained grades in the following categories:

    • knowledge in basics Psychology (at least 24 EC )
    • advanced knowledge and skills that are relevant for the field of your preferred major (at least 12 EC, at level 2 or 3)
    • research methods: methodology /statistics/ mathematics (in addition to the list of course titles, course codes, and obtained grades, also provide course descriptions for these) (at least 24 EC, of which at least 4 EC on level 3) 

    The research methods course descriptions should define the learning objectives, content and an overview of the used research methods and analyses as described in the syllabus. It should also contain the required literature including the designated used chapters. These descriptions of taken courses in research methodology and statistics can be handed in either in Dutch or in English. Please provide us with an overview of course titles, course codes and obtained grades with the course descriptions.  

    The research Master’s programme is firmly embedded in experimental psychology. Therefore experience with setting up, conducting and reporting experimental research in Psychology is necessary. You can make an anonymous test to find out whether you possess skills and knowledge required to follow our advanced research methods and statistics courses. The 20 questions in this test are based on the book "Statistics: the art and science of learning from data" by Agresti & Franklin (2012).

    The results of this test will in no way affect the selection of students for our Research Master. The test is purely designed to give students insight in the skills and knowledge required to successfully follow our advanced methods and statistics courses.

    Take the test

    (D) *  Copies of all academic diplomas

    Certified copies of all academic degree certificates. Diplomas in any other language than English, German, French or Dutch should be translated into English by a sworn translator. * The certified copies should be sent together with the translations. Certified copies must have a seal and signature of the school administration. Please note: should you apply to this master's programme without having finished your current programme, please indicate when you will receive your degree.

    (E)   A research Curriculum vitae/resume

    Please provide us with a list of evidence of research experiences (e.g., lab training, research project during bachelor, research assistant, publications etc.).

    Students need to have completed or be enrolled in a course where they conduct empirical research (e.g., bachelor thesis) of at least 9 ECs in psychology or social sciences

    (F) A sample of written work - Scientific writing skills - Abstract

    Write an abstract for the a given research paper (Max 250 words).

    The article can be found in Myinfo.

    IMPORTANT: Please note that this document is confidential and only available for the express use of applicants to the psychology Research Master programme.

    (G) *  English language test scores - international applicants only -

    Original test scores should be sent either by the testing institution or by the student to the Admissions Office of the Research Master's Psychology programme. Only applicable to international applicants who are non-native speakers. 

    (H)  Copy of high school diploma - international applicants only -

    Certified copy of your highschool degree certificate. Diplomas in any other language than English, German, French, Spanish or Dutch should be translated into English by a sworn translator. The certified copies should be sent together with the translations. Certified copies must have a seal and signature of the school administration. 

    Please note: transcripts of highschool credits are not required, only the degree certificate is.

  • 7. Wait for admissions decision

    All applications are evaluated after the application deadline. For the admissions round of September 2020 you will receive the outcome around mid-May/June 2020.

After conditional admission
  • 8. 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. 

    If you accept the offer, you will be asked to send the documents in hard-copy (by post). These documents are marked with an (*) in step 7. Obtaining official certified copies can take some time, so please start early.

  • 10. Attend introduction day

    There will be several introduction events during the second half of August. Admitted students will receive more information in due time.

  • 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.