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From Bachelor's to (pre-)Master's in 2021

Starting your programme with a small study delay

For the academic year 2021-2022, the UvA will offer students from within the EEA the possibility of starting a (pre-)Master’s programme despite not yet having earned all required ECTS credits in the Bachelor’s phase. As a rule, the delay in the Bachelor's phase may not be greater than 15 ECTS, given that this will result in a programme that is no longer feasible (with too many credits having to be obtained in the Master’s phase). With this 'soft cut' regulation, the university aims to avoid disproportionate delays for students who have fallen behind during the final phase of their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s programme due to the measures surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. If you do not expect to graduate before 1 September, you can make use of this regulation.

Who is this regulation aimed at?

This regulation applies to students who have been accepted to their (pre-)Master's at the UvA Faculty of Humanities starting in September 2021 and who are enrolled in a Bachelor's or pre-Master's programme in 2020-2021, either at the UvA or another university (of applied sciences) in the Netherlands or the European Economic Area. The regulation does not apply to students who will be obtaining their Bachelor’s degree outside of the EEA.

What does it entail?

Choose the option that applies to your situation:

  • From Bachelor's to Master's

    For the Master’s programmes taught in the Graduate Schools of Humanities, the ‘soft cut with restrictions’ entails the following:

    • You can be admitted to a (pre-)Master’s programme if you have yet to obtain fewer than 15 ECTS of your Bachelor’s, and if you meet all of the other entry requirements.
    • The remaining maximum of 15 ECTS can consist of courses, your Bachelor’s thesis or other course components such as an internship, exchange, or fieldwork. Please note: the Master's programmes in which the UvA co-operates with VU Amsterdam require you to have already completed your Bachelor's thesis. This applies to the Master's in Archaeology, Classics and Ancient Civilizations, Curating Art and Culture and Heritage, Memory and Archaeology.
    • You are required to complete these remaining courses or course components during the academic year 2021-2022. You will be able to do this at any point during the academic year. You must obtain your Bachelor's degree before you can complete your Master's degree. If you are going to take a two-year Master's, you must complete your Bachelor's degree in 2021-2022 to be able to start your second year.

    The Faculty of Humanities’ Master’s programmes are not setting any conditions with regard to which courses you are required to have completed. However, because of the increased study load, we do recommend that you take care in considering whether the full programme can feasibly be completed. Unfortunately, we also cannot guarantee that there will be no overlap with regard to the planning of such things as examinations.

  • From Bachelor's to pre-Master's

    If you are starting a pre-Master's programme at the Faculty of Humanities in September 2021, the ‘soft cut with restrictions’ entails the following:

    • You can be admitted to a pre-Master’s programme if you have yet to obtain fewer than 15 ECTS of your Bachelor’s, and if you meet all of the other entry requirements.
    • The remaining maximum of 15 ECTS can consist of courses, your Bachelor’s thesis or other course components such as an internship, exchange, or fieldwork.
    • You are required to complete these remaining courses or course components during the academic year 2021-2022. You will be able to do this at any point during the academic year. You can only start the Master's programme in 2022-2023 if you complete both your Bachelor's degree and the pre-Master's programme in the academic year of 2021-2022.

    The Faculty of Humanities’ Master’s programmes are not setting any conditions with regard to which courses you are required to have completed. However, because of the increased study load, we do recommend that you take care in considering whether the full programme can feasibly be completed. Unfortunately, we also cannot guarantee that there will be no overlap with regard to the planning of such things as examinations.

  • From pre-Master's to Master's

    For students who are doing a pre-Master’s in the academic year of 2020-2021, the UvA maintains that they must complete 80% of their pre-Master’s in order to gain entry to the Master’s to which the pre-Master’s grants admission. In practice, this means that at the Faculty of Humanities, you cannot be short more than 6 ECTS of your pre-Master’s programme.

    The remaining ECTS from your pre-Master’s can be obtained at any point during the academic year of 2021-2022. If you do not succeed in completing your pre-Master’s during the academic year of 2021-2022, you will not be able to enrol in the Master’s for the academic year of 2022-2023.

  • For students who made use of this regulation in 2020

    In 2020, the UvA also applied the soft cut regulation to students who were delayed in completing their previous education because of the coronavirusmeasures. If you are a student who started a (pre-)Master's in September 2020 making use of this arrangement, you can only register for the 2021-2022 academic year if you completed your Bachelor's in the academic year of 2020-2021.

How does it work?

If you are looking to start your Master’s while you have not yet fully completed your Bachelor’s, please take the following steps:

1. Enrolment via Studielink

In Studielink, enrol in both your current programme (Bachelor's or pre-Master's) as well as the Master’s programme (you will only have to pay the statutory tuition fees once). It has been possible to re-enrol at the UvA since 10 May. Are you an UvA student and are you looking to do a Master’s at a different Dutch university? Please check the requirements of the university in question. If you are in need of a statement, you can request this via the Education Desk.

2. Course registration

During the course registration period (10-22 June 2021), register for the courses of both your prior education as well as of the Master’s programme. Please register even if you have not yet received the admissions decision. Placement is guaranteed for compulsory Master’s courses. If you enrol in a pre-Master's programme, you will automatically be placed in the compulsory courses.

3. Request for admission with study delay

As a final step, you must submit a request for admission with study delay. You can do this via a form which will be available from 1 July on this website.

You must apply for the official programme name to which your track belongs. This is also the programme you registered for in Studielink. You will also find this in your admission decision. 

Questions?

If you have any questions, please pose them online via the Digital Student Service Desk: