Application and admission
Artistic Research (Arts and Culture - Research Master's)
Every programme at the Graduate School of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.
1. Check deadlines
Type of applicant
1 March 2019
Applying for a scholarship?
If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more about scholarships in the Humanities on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities.
2. Check entry requirements
The Research Master’s in Artistic Research is open for application for all students with a Bachelor’s diploma from the UvA, or a recognised equivalent from another accredited university, in:
- Art History
- Cultural Studies
- Media and Culture
- Theatre Studies
Prospective students with a BA in one of the aforementioned disciplines will still need to show that they have both experience and knowledge of artistic practice.
The level of the Bachelor's diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
Other Bachelor's diplomas
The Research Master's programme Artistic Research is open to students with a ‘hbo’ Bachelor’s degree in the Fine Arts and Performing Arts from a Dutch university of applied sciences supplemented with demonstrable experience and knowledge of scientific research.
The level of the Bachelor's diploma must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).
English language requirements
New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
If you wish to apply for a Research Master's programme, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least an
- A/3.6 (American system)
- 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system)
- B (ECTS-system), or
- 7.5 (Dutch system)
Note: admission will not be granted solely on the basis of sufficient grade point average.
Artistic Research is a research programme, which means that it is meant for students with strong academic interests. This is the principal reason why the UvA follows a selection process. During the process, the selections committee scrutinises the content of a student’s Bachelor’s programme, his/her study results (for research programmes an average grade of at least 7.5 is mandatory), his/her duration of study, motivation, which includes a study plan. In the study plan the student describes which courses he/she would like to take as electives and in which field of research he/she would like to specialise.
Portfolio and research proposal
Students meeting all of the requirements as outlined above, will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
- An assessment of the student’s artistic work portfolio,
- An assessment of the (preliminary) research proposal in which the experience with and knowledge about academic research is clearly discernable.
The portfolio needs to consist of two elements:
- A collection of pieces or creative work (pictures, photographs or tapes/recordings of performances) that you use as example of work you have done,
- A theoretical collection of documents (essays or theses) that you use as examples of work you have done.
The ‘practice based’ research proposal should give an outline of the following points:
- The title and subject,
- The manner in which it will link-up with the current discourse about the discipline, as well as its relationship with other related academic research,
- The aim of the research project, as well as the central research question and hypothesis,
- The theoretical and artistic points of departure, as well as the proposed research methodology,
- A structured work programme and time frame, which also includes all of the practical matters.
3. Register in Studielink
All students applying for a Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam will need to start their application by submitting 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.
Before starting your application, make sure you have read the Studielink application procedure, including a Step-by-step guide to Studielink.
Applicants for Artistic Research need to register in Studielink for Arts and Culture - Research Master's or Kunst- en cultuurwetenschappen - research master at least 48 hours before the application deadline (see step 1). This is to ensure that you receive your login information (UvAnetID) in time to complete your UvA application in MyInfo (see step 5).
4. Activate your UvAnetID
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID by email within 48 hours. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application in MyInfo (see next step). If you already have a UvAnetID, you can skip this step.
5. Submit your UvA application form
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline. For detailed information, please follow the link to further information on applying in MyInfo below.
Before starting your application, please take the following into account:
You need to submit your application before the application deadline applicable to you (please see step 1). Late applications will not be considered.
English language requirements
In your MyInfo application you may need to upload an English language test score report that meets the English language requirements of the Graduate School Humanities.
Before starting your application in MyInfo, make sure you check the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.
As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation letter, a CV/resume, a sample of academic written work, an English language test report (unless you are exempt) and programme-specific documents (see below). Please find detailed information and guidelines on the application documents you need to upload in MyInfo on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
As part of the selection procedure for Artistic Research, all applicants are required to upload an artistic work portfolio and a research proposal.
6. Wait for admission decision
Once we receive your complete application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Late applications will not be considered. You will be notified about the admission decision by email. We aim to inform you within 8 weeks of the application deadline.
After (conditional) admission
7. Accept/decline offer
After you have been conditionally accepted to the Master’s programme, you will receive a separate email with a link where you can accept, defer or decline your offer. Please make sure you respond within 2 weeks. We will only continue to further process your application, including your housing and visa application (if applicable), after you have confirmed our Accept Offer.
You will receive more instructions on how to complete your enrolment in due time. For now, please read the steps below.
If you decide to decline our programme offer, make sure you also withdraw your enrolment application in Studielink to avoid receiving emails about completing your enrolment.
You have the option of deferring your programme offer to the next academic year. If you choose to defer, you will need to apply in Studielink and MyInfo again. In MyInfo, you can upload your offer letter from the year before instead of the required documents. If you choose not to start the programme after your deferral, you will lose your offer for the programme. In this case, you will need to re-apply for the programme. Please note, you may receive a different admission decision.
8. Submit certified documents
If you have been (conditionally) admitted to our Master's programme, you can only start the programme in September if you have graduated from your Bachelor's before 1 September 2019*. In order for us to verify this, you are required to send us certified copies of your transcripts and degree certificates (we strongly advise against sending us original diplomas and transcripts). Note that you need to send us these documents by post. Plain copies or digital scans of the original certified documents are not accepted.
Please note that if the original language of your documents is in another language than English, Dutch, German, Spanish or French, these documents must be translated into English by a sworn translator for application to the Graduate School of Humanities.
Deadlines for sending certified documents:
1 August: applicants with non-Dutch degree
24 August: applicants with Dutch degree
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Graduate School of Humanities, Admissions Office (room 0.11)
1012 VB Amsterdam
* If you have completed your studies, but the diploma itself will not be issued until after 31 August, please provide the Admissions Office with an official statement of graduation, signed and stamped by your university. In this graduation statement your university needs to declare that you have fulfilled all graduation requirements and have graduated from the Bachelor's programme, stating your exact graduation date. This graduation date must be a date before 1 September 2019.
9. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment
In order to study in the Netherlands, you may need to apply for a residence permit and/or an entry visa. This depends on your nationality. You will receive an email from the immigration department with a link to an online application form after you have accepted our offer. More information on how to apply for UvA housing and on the UvA start appointment will become available in May.
Please keep in mind that the housing market in Amsterdam is very competitive and that applying for student housing through the UvA does not guarantee placement. For this reason, we advise you to start your orientation for housing options early and to always explore the private housing market as well. The UvA housing service is always offered for a fixed period of one year (two semesters) to new incoming international students.
Get more information about practical matters for international students.
10. Register for courses
Online course registration for the first semester takes place in June. All information about course registration can be found via the link below.
In the Course Catalogue, you can find the courses you will need to take each semester. The course catalogue for programmes starting in September is released in May. On www.rooster.uva.nl, you can enter your courses and see your own (weekly) timetable.
Find more information about course registration on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
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. Attend the introduction
To help you get started in Amsterdam, the UvA and the Faculty of Humanities organise several mandatory and optional introduction sessions before the start of the semester.
During the individual Start appointment, you will be able to collect your student ID card and check the status of your enrolment. More information about the START appointment.
Faculty introduction meeting
At the Faculty introduction meeting, which will take place in the week before the start of the semester, you will receive practical information about studying at the Faculty of Humanities and in Amsterdam. Moreover, it is a great way to meet other new students at the Faculty of Humanities.
The Intreeweek is a great way to get to know Amsterdam, the UvA and your fellow UvA students. The Intreeweek is open to international and Dutch students for a small fee. Each year, a team of dedicated students organise this major event to kick-off the new year. You can find details on the Intreeweek website.
Most Master's programmes organise a programme-specific introduction during the Intreeweek. If applicable to your programme, you will receive an invitation from your Programme Coordinator separately.