The Humanities Research Master's programme is aimed at talented students who are exceptionally motivated to be trained in academic methods in their specific field of humanities.
To be admitted to the programme, you should have:
- a Bachelor’s degree in an academic degree related to your chosen specialisation.
- a proficient level of academic English,
- proof of excellent study results: outstanding grade for your bachelor’s thesis (7.5 or higher), and an average of no less than 7.5 for a relevant selection of your bachelor’s programme (to be decided by the Admission Board).
- and clear motivation for doing academic research.
The two-year Research Master's is a good option for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD after their Master's, but also more in general for students who cherish critical attitude, arrive at original lines of questioning based on a profound knowledge of their research subject, and wish to develop their research skills.
Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. For further details regarding the admission requirements, see the Teaching and Examination Regulations.
Additional admission requirements per specialisation
Additional admission requirements for the specialisation Critical Studies in Art and Cultures
To be admitted to the programme, the student should have a Bachelor’s degree in art history, architectural history, design studies, media studies, or a related academic degree.
Additional admission requirements for the specialisation Global History
To be admitted to the programme, the student should have a Bachelor’s degree in history, European studies, anthropology, political sciences, cultural studies, or a related academic degree.
Additional admission requirements for the specialisation Literature and Contested Spaces
To be admitted to the programme, the student should have a Bachelor’s degree in literary studies, classical languages, modern languages (German, English, French, Dutch), cultural studies with a literary profile, or a related academic degree.
Additional admission requirements for the specialisation Linguistics
- Human Language Technology: to be admitted to the programme, the student should have a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics, computer science, or a related academic degree.
- Forensic Linguistics: to be admitted to the programme, the student should have a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics or a related bachelor's degree.
Additional admission requirements for the specialisation Philosophy
To be admitted to the programme, the student should have a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy or a related academic degree.
English language requirements
You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. You can apply online without having the test results, but in case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:
- TOEFL score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 (in each of the subtests).
- IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
- Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam with score A, B, or C; or Cambridge Advanced Exam with score A, B, or C.
Exemptions from providing the English test scores are applicable to students, who:
- have completed an English-taught secondary or higher education degree in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia; or
- have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an English-taught programme accredited by NVAO in the Netherlands, or
- have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an accredited English-taught programme in another member state of the European Union
- hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture from a Dutch university, or
- hold a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Society with a degree in English: Literature and Society obtained at the VU, or
- completed a minor in English at the VU Amsterdam and obtained 30 EC or more.
The required evidence should, if possible, be included with the complete application. If either unsatisfactory or no evidence of English language proficiency has been provided with the application, admission will be conditional upon the provision of such evidence. This condition will be clearly indicated on the offer letter and must be fulfilled before enrolment at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
See the Admission and language requirements page for further information on the general requirements.