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Minors Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities offers a wide range of programmes in areas such as, among others, languages, literary studies, cultural studies, media studies, philosophy, history and heritage. If you would like to obtain a second specialisation next to your major, you can choose one of our minors.

A minor at the Faculty of Humanities is comprised of 30 ECTS credits and will award you with a second competence as well as a notation on your degree certificate appendix. In many cases, completing a minor will increase your chances of being accepted into a Master’s programme. The courses are scheduled over the course of one academic year: 18 credits will take place in the first semester and 12 credits will take place in the second semester.

Entry requirements

Our minors are open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year. Our minors are also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year.

Enrol in a minor

In order to enrol in a minor, please follow these steps:

  • Step 1: orientation
    Orientate yourself: which minor would you like to follow? Please check the list of minors, and read more about the courses in the UvA Course Catalogue. Late March, online Minor's Weeks will take place.
  • Step 2: enrolment
    You can register for a minor from 11 May 2021. UvA students can enrol via the registration form where you log in with your UvAnetID. If you are not a student at the UvA, use the registration form for non-UvA students. In addition, ensure you sort out your registration as guest student in Studielink in time. The forms will become available on this page.
    Make sure to register before 1 June 2021, so that you can register for courses in time (see step 3). 
  • Step 3: registration for minor courses
    If you are accepted to the minor, you need to register for the separate courses of the minor. You can do this during the course registration period in June and December. Placement in the minor courses is then guaranteed.

Applying for a Master’s programme

A minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for a Master's programme. However, in many cases there are additional entry requirements. Always check if you meet the entry requirements on the Application & admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

If you are a student from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) and you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes.

Tuition fees

Non-UvA students are not required to pay tuition fees for a minor, provided they pay the statutory tuition fee at their own institution. The UvA requires confirmation of this in the form of a Tuition Fee Payment Receipt from your institution.

If you have not paid the statutory tuition fee at your institution, different rules apply. More information is available on the UvA Minors page.


Central Student Service Desk

The Central Student Service Desk is the first point of contact for general questions about studying at the UvA. Please contact them with regard to questions about choosing a programme, enrolment, student grants and loans, and living and studying abroad.

Education Desk

If you have specific questions regarding your minor, please contact the Faculty of Humanities Education Desk.