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Research Master Child Development and Education

Application and Admission

Research Master Child Development and Education

Follow the steps below to apply for this degree programme.



  • 1. Check deadlines

    The Research Master programme starts once a year in September.

    • The application deadline is 30 April.
  • 2. Check entry requirements

    Please note that enrolment into the Research Master programme is restricted to a maximum of 15 - 20 students per year. 

    The programme is meant for students with a bachelor's degree in pedagogical sciences or in educational sciences, but  is also accessible for students with an bachelor's degree in an adjacent study (e.g., in psychology, sociology) who want to specialise in research in child development and education.

    Both Dutch students and students from abroad can apply. All study materials are in English, and the language of instruction will be English as well.

    The following criteria are set for admission:

    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree in pedagogical sciences, educational sciences, developmental psychology, or a related field (e.g., psychology, sociology).
    • Basic knowledge of research methods and applied statistics in social and behavioural science research.
    • Excellent study results, with marks in the top segment of graduation. Special importance is attached to the study results for research methods and statistics, research practicals and theses.
    • Good writing skills, as indicated by written academic work (e.g., a paper or thesis).
    • Sufficient active and passive proficiency in English, as indicated by a letter of motivation and the application interview.  Non-native English speakers are required to take a test. However, non-native English speakers who have successfully finished an English-taught programme at university level are released from this obligation. Dutch students with a “VWO-diploma” do not have to take an English test either.
    • An active interest in research, as indicated by earlier study results, a letter of motivation and the application interview.
    • The ambition to become a researcher, as indicated by a letter of motivation and the application interview.
  • 3. Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    For information in Dutch please check the Studielink section on our Dutch site.

    All students who would like to apply to a programme at the University of Amsterdam will need to start their application process by submitting an enrolment application in Studielink. Studielink is the national online system for students who would like to pursue a degree programme at a Dutch university.

    Check your DigiD (before starting in Studielink)

    A DigiD (Digital Identification) is an online ID (username and password) that provides access to government administration websites.

    • Students who do not live in the Netherlands can use Studielink without a DigiD.
    • Students who currently live in the Netherlands will need their DigiD to use Studielink. We strongly recommend you to apply for your DigiD at least three weeks before registering in Studielink.

    Read the step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Before starting your enrolment application in Studielink, read the 'Step-by-step guide to Studielink'. 

    Step-by-step guide to Studielink

    Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    Submit enrolment application in Studielink

    After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink, you will receive an e-mail with a confirmation of your application, and information about where to submit the application form and upload the required documents. Please note that it may take some time before you receive this e-mail. If you have not received an e-mail within 48 hours (in working days), please contact the Student Service Desk.

  • 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.

  • 9. Attend introduction day

    Make sure that you are present, so you can meet your fellow students and the teachers. Subsequently, you will receive a lot of information about the Research Master 

  • 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.