1. Check deadlines
The application deadline for this selective Master's programme was 1 March 2023, 23:59 CET for students with a Dutch or other EU/EER nationality (register in Studielink two days before, see step 3).
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 Research Master’s in Literary Studies is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or from another accredited university in the humanities or liberal arts. Examples of relevant degree programmes are Literary Studies, Comparative Literature, or Language and Culture (language programmes, including Dutch language). Applicants are expected to have a demonstrable affinity with research in the field of Literary Studies.
We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about the critical analysis of literature and other texts and who have a solid academic knowledge of literary and cultural studies. The programme welcomes interdisicplinarity, but focuses specifically on text-based media. An interest in (academic) research is an absolute plus.
You will be considered for admission to the research Master’s programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study and demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills in your application:
- demonstrable academic knowledge in the field of (theoretical) Literary Studies: if you do not have a substantial amount of credits or academic knowledge related to the field of study, you will not be admitted;
- excellent research skills at Bachelor’s level: you are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis);
- a desire to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment of our Graduate School, demonstrated in a convincing explanation of your motivation in which you explain why you think you can successfully complete this specific programme.
If you wish to apply for this 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)
If you obtained a lower grade average you can apply, particularly if you obtained a sufficient grade average for the courses related to the Research Master’s programme and/or courses taken in the advanced phase of your prior education. Please include an explanation in your Motivation form.
All prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your file to that of other applicants. Distinguish yourself with solid academic knowledge in the field of study, high grades and a convincing letter of motivation.
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 (pre-master or schakelprogramma) for this Master's.
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
All students applying will need to start their application by submitting an enrolment request in Studielink, the Dutch online system for students applying for a degree programme at a Dutch university.
You need to submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the Master's in Literary Studies (Research).
It is extremely important that you register in Studielink at least 48 hours before the application deadline (see above). This is to ensure that you receive your login information (UvAnetID) in time to fill in your UvA application in MyInfo (see next step).
4. Submit your application form in MyInfo
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 have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 May (non-EEA students) or 1 August (EEA students).
As a programme-specific document you should upload a sample of recent written work to MyInfo. This sample of written work should be about 3000 words, written in English, and should demonstrate:
- the ability to close read and interpret literary works;
- the ability to analyse literary works through the use of literary theory and secondary materials;
- the ability to write a well-structured and well-written research paper.
After submitting your application
Because this is a selective programme, applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board after the application deadline has passed. You will be notified of whether you have been admitted to the programme after this time.
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: