Entry requirements

Required level of entry

The Humanities research master's programmes areaimed at the talented student who is exceptionally motivated to train in academic methods in the field of a humanities disicpline. To be admitted to the programme, the student should have a relevant bachelor’s diploma. The student should also have a proficient level of academic English, proof of excellent study results and motivation for doing academic research.

Exemptions to these rules are possible, e.g. for students who followed the honors programme, or studied more than one bachelor’s programme. Students can apply for exemptions in their letter of motivation to the Board of Admissions

English Language entry requirements
All master students whose first language is not English including both home and international students must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is appropriate. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties.

Acceptable qualifications
Listed below are all the English language qualifications and tests and the level required to satisfy our English language entry requirements. The qualification or test result must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment.

  • IELTS Academic Version: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
  • TOEFL paper based test: Overall grade of 600 with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE.
  • TOEFL internet based test: Overall grade of 100 with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests.
  • Cambridge Advanced English: A, B or C.

Exemption from the requirements listed above can be awarded to students who have fulfilled the following requirements no longer than two years prior to the date of enrolment:

  • students who have fulfilled the requirements of the VU English language proficiency test TOEFL ITP, with the required scores. For more information please consult Taalloket.
  • Students from one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand of Australia.
  • Students holding an International Baccalaureate degree in English.
  • Students holding a Bachelor degree in English Language and Culture from a Dutch University.
  • Students holding a Bachelor degree Literature and Society: English from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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 VU University Amsterdam.

All lectures and student presentations are in English, all written assignments as well. Therefore all prospective students must be proficient in English. The VU courses Academic English: Grammar and Academic English: Writing (or similar courses at another university) are strongly recommended in your bachelor programme.