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Dual Master
Museum Studies (Heritage Studies)
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Application & admission

Every programme at the Faculty of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The application deadline for this selective Master's programme was 1 March 2021. It is no longer possible to apply for the academic year 2021-2022.

    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 dual Master's programme in Museum Studies is open for application to students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or an equivalent, recognised degree from another university, in:

    • Humanities
    • Archaeology
    • Anthropology

    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.

    Selection procedure

    The admission process for the Master's in Museum Studies is competitive with a merit-based selection of candidates. In addition to the application documents that have to be submitted for all Humanities Master’s programmes, you are expected to submit a critical review. During a personal interview (in-person or via Skype), the selection committee will discuss this review. For more info, see step 4 below.

    Student profile

    You will be considered for admission to the Master’s programme if you have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

    • Basic demonstrable academic knowledge in the field of art, culture and museum studies.
    • Good 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 motivation letter in which you explain why you think you can successfully finalize this specific programme.
  • 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.

    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

    motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, a programme-specific document (see below) and proof of English language proficiency.

    Programme-specific document

    You are expected to submit a critical review  (600 words, and two photographs, additional to the content of the review) about a temporary exhibition in a museum of choice. You can upload this document under "Programme-specific document" in MyInfo. During a personal interview (in-person or via Skype), the selection committee will discuss this review.

    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

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: