1. Check deadlines
Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality
1 March 2023
Applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality
15 May 2023
Please note: if you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.
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 at:
2. Check entry requirements
The Master's programme in Philosophy is open for application to all students with:
A university Bachelor’s degree
You may be admitted to the Master's in Philosophy if you meet one of the following three conditions:
- You have a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from an accredited university;
- You completed the extended minor in Philosophy (60 ECTS) at the University of Amsterdam;
- You completed 60 ECTS or equivalent in philosophy courses and can show that these jointly meet the following requirements:
- The course topics covered at least two philosophical sub-disciplines (i.e. Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Language, Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science, etc.).
- Some of the philosophy courses followed were of an advanced academic level.
- At least one course required the writing of a thesis or an academic paper of at least 3,500 words.
If you want to be admitted on the basis of requirement 3) above, we ask you to provide additional information through the application form (see below step 4 Submit your application form in MyInfo ).
Hbo-bachelor not eligible
It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this MA.
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.
- 3. Register in Studielink
4. Submit your application form in MyInfo
Are you a Bachelor's student in 'Filosofie' or 'Wijsbegeerte' at the UvA and do you graduate before 1 September? Then you do not need to submit an application via MyInfo. Your enrolment will become definitive as soon as your university has registered your graduation. Your graduation date must be no later than 31 August in order to be able to start the Master's programme on 1 September.
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.
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.
Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:
- curriculum vitae;
- proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
- transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
- diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
- translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
- motivation form (PDF);
- programme specific documents (see below).
*Please note: If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September.
If you cannot be admitted on the basis of a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or having followed the extended minor in Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, you will need to demonstrate that you have completed 60 EC or equivalent in philosophy courses that jointly meet the following requirements:
- Please indicate in the motivation form which subjects you see as a suitable background for the Master's in Philosophy. Motivate this by inserting course descriptions or links to the University's Course Catalogue. If a course has not been taught in a Philosophy department, specify which philosophical literature you have read for the course; and
- Add a proof of writing in the form of an academic philosophical paper in which mastery of academic skills such as source reference, correct representation of literature, and the ability to set up a philosophical argumentation is demonstrated. The piece must have a length of at least 3,500 words and philosophical sources must have been used.
If you did obtain a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy or completed the 60 EC minor in Philosophy at the UvA, you do not have to provide this additional information.
Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:
After submitting your application
Once we have received your complete application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. This programme offers rolling admissions, meaning you will receive an admission decision within 10 to 12 weeks. It is therefore advisable to complete your application well before the deadline.
If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: