With regard to the next academic year, the UvA is enabling you to start your (pre-)Master’s even if you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor’s. We call this ‘a soft cut with restrictions’. Normally, we maintain a ‘hard cut’, meaning that students cannot start their Master’s until they have obtained their Bachelor’s degree. The university has implemented this 'soft cut' regulation in order to avoid disproportionate delays for students who have fallen behind during the final phase of their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme due to the measures surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
This regulation applies to students who have been accepted to their (pre-)Master's at the UvA Faculty of Humanities in September 2020 and who are enrolled for a Bachelor's or pre-Master's programme in 2019-2020, either at the UvA, another university or university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, or a university within the EU or EEA. Please check www.uva.nl/visa if you have any questions regarding your visa or residence permit.
The 'soft cut' regulation does not apply to students who are doing their Bachelor's outside the EEA.
For the (pre-)Master’s programmes taught in the Graduate Schools of Humanities, this ‘soft cut with restrictions’ entails the following:
The Faculty of Humanities’ (pre-)Master’s programmes are not setting any conditions with regard to which courses you are required to have completed. However, because of the increased study load, we do recommend that you take care in considering whether the full programme can feasibly be completed. Unfortunately, we also cannot guarantee that there will be no overlap with regard to the planning of such things as examinations.
If you are looking to start your Master’s while you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor’s, please take the following steps:
If you have any questions, please pose them online via the Digital Student Service Desk: