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Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences (Philosophy)

Application & admission

The Master’s Philosophy of the Humanities and Social Sciences is a combined programme with either a Master’s in the humanities or a Master’s in the social sciences. Therefore, you are required to apply for two Master’s programmes separately: the Master’s Philosophy of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Master's of your choice in the humanities or social sciences. The application deadline for each Master’s could be different. Please make sure to check the deadlines of both Master’s programmes separately and apply in time.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Application deadline

    Type of applicant

    1 March 2021

    • All applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality

    15 May 2021

    • All applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality*

    * If you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences programme is open to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA, or an equivalent degree from another university, in:

    • Philosophy, provided the student meets the entry requirements for education at Master’s level in the field of the social sciences or the humanities.
    • A Bachelor’s degree that provides access to education at Master’s level in the field of the social sciences or the humanities, which includes a (relevant) minor in Philosophy worth 30 ECTS and a Philosophy of Science module.

    You can also register with a university Bachelor’s degree other than the ones specified above. The Examinations Board will then look at the specifics of your Bachelor’s degree, your grade point averages and your Bachelor’s thesis, as well as your motivation. It is possible that the Examinations Board will set the admission requirement that you must first complete the pre-Master’s programme, provided you are eligible for this.

    Pre-Master's programme

    If you do not meet the entry requirements above, you may be eligible for admission after completing the pre-Master's programme Philosophy of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Please note that this pre-Master's programme is not intended for students with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO).

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.

    Financial assistance for students

    If you do the two-year Philosophy of the Humanities and the Social Sciences programme, you are entitled to a fifth year of financial assistance for students, provided you meet the general conditions for receiving financial assistance for students and you have done a three-year Bachelor’s degree.

    For more information, please see the Education Executive Agency (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, DUO) website and the tab ‘Een master gaan doen’ (information in Dutch only):

    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.

    Graduate School of Humanities: English language requirements

  • 3. Register in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive 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 proceed to step 5. If you have not received an email within 48 hours, please make sure to check your spam box.

  • 5. Submit your UvA application form

    After registering 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 all required application 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 or incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Application fee

    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.

    Application documents

    As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation form, a CV/resume, and an English language test report (unless you are exempt). Please find detailed information and guidelines on the application documents you need to upload in MyInfo on the Graduate School of Humanities website. Make sure to indicate in your motivation form if you want to combine this programme with a humanities Master’s programme or a social sciences Master’s.

  • 6. Wait for admission decision

    Once we receive your complete application, it will be evaluated by our admissions committee. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. You will be notified about the admission decision by email within 6 to 8 weeks after 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 to our offer, which you must accept or decline. Please make sure you respond within 2 weeks. Only once you have accepted our offer will you be able to apply for housing and a visa (if applicable), and will your application be processed further. 

    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.

  • 8. Submit certified documents

    If you have been conditionally admitted to one of our Master's programmes, you can only start the programme in September if you have obtained the required diploma(s) before 1 September*. The Admissions Office must verify this. The method of verification depends on your previous education.

    Non-Dutch degree

    In order for us to verify that you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree from a non-Dutch university, 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 must 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 or French, these documents must be translated into English, Dutch, German, or French by a sworn translator for use in your application to the Graduate School of Humanities.

    Dutch non-UvA degree

    On you can download your extract of the diploma register. You can upload this extract in MyInfo as a proof you graduated from your Dutch Bachelor’s degree.

    Please note that you will still need to send in a physical, certified copy of the transcript of records from your Bachelor’s degree, to prove your curriculum meets the specific entry requirements for your programme.

    UvA degree

    If you have completed your Bachelor’s degree at the University of Amsterdam, please contact the Admissions Office. They will be able to verify your degree on your request.

    Deadlines for sending certified documents:

    1 August

    Postal address:

    Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Graduate School of Humanities, Admissions Office
    PO Box 93055, 1090 BB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    * 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 2020.

  • 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 your 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 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. 

    More information:

    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 2020/2021 will be released in May 2020. On, you can enter your courses and see your own (weekly) timetable.

    More information:

    Register for courses

    For questions regarding course registration, please contact the Education Desk via the Digital Student Service Desk.

    Digital Student Service Desk

  • 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. 

    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.
    For more information, check the website for 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. 

    Programme specific introduction
    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.