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Research Master
Child Development and Education
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Application and Admission

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The Research Master programme starts once a year in September. 
    The deadline for application is 1 May 2021.

  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink
  • 4. Activate your UvAnetID

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an email with your UvAnetID. Follow the instructions in the email to activate your ID as you will need it to complete your UvA application.

  • 5. Submit the UvA application form + upload required documents

    As early as possible, but no later than April 30th, applicants must submit an application file consisting of the following documents:

    1. Application: A completed web application form.
    2. Statement of purpose: A letter of motivation (about 500 words, in English) in which you explain why you wish to attend the programme and what your specific interests are (i.e., in what field(s) you want to specialise).
    3. Academic transcript: A list of all university courses and examinations that you completed, with credits and grades.  (For final admission, the applicant must submit certified transcripts.)
    4. List of courses in research methods and statistics: provide a description of the courses (content, literature) that you took as part of your former studies (this is not necessary for students who followed their bachelor programme at our department).
    5. Written academic work: Provide an example of written academic work (e.g., a paper or thesis).
    6. Curriculum vitae: A resume of your experience and skills in academic research, clinical work, or other work (if applicable; 2 pages maximum).
    7. Letter of reference: Two letters of reference; at least one letter should be from an academic staff member. Referees will be asked to send the letter of reference directly to the admissions committee (in the application form, you will only have to fill in the details of the referees).

      In addition, foreign students should also include:
    8. Diploma of secondary education (high school) with academic transcript.
    9. English test results: Non-native English speakers must submit their test results of either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the Cambridge International Examination.

    Application fee: Students whose application is based on a diploma from a university in a non-EU/EEA country have to pay an application fee of 100 euro.

    The admissions committee studies the application file. If the educational background of the candidate fits the entry requirements of the research master programme, the candidate will be invited for a(n) (Skype) application interview.

    For any questions about the programme, its entry requirements or the application process, please contact the programme coordinator via resma-cde-fmg@uva.nl.

After (conditional) admission

  • 7. Accept/decline offer

    Should you get admitted to the programme, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer before a certain deadline.

  • 8. Register for immigration, housing, start appointment

    If you are an international student, you will need to arrange a variety of practical matters before starting your studies. This includes your visa or residence permit, insurance and housing. You will receive an email with more information about this after you have been admitted.

    Please keep in mind that the housing market in Amsterdam is very competitive and that applying for student houding through the UvA does not guarantee placement. Therefore, we advise you to start your orientation for houding options early and to always explore the private housing market as well. The UvA houding service is always offered for a fixed period of one year (i.e. two semesters) to new incoming international students. 

    Get more information about practical matters for international students.

  • 9. Attend introduction day

    The introduction day for the Research Master Child Development and Education will take place in the week before the start of the new academic year. Make sure that you attend the introduction day, so you can meet your fellow students and teachers.

  • 10. 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. 

  • 11. Register for courses

    Once you are admitted, follow the instructions provided by the faculty or programme staff regarding courses for which you might need to register separately.