HBO premaster programme, HBO minor programme

With a suitable HBO degree (university of professional education) it is possible to carry out a Master’s of Science programme in Embedded Systems. A pre-master’s programme of six months is compulsory. Also the master’s programme has been adapted somewhat.


All master’s and premaster’s courses are taught in English.

Starting date

The premaster’s programme is only available in the autumn semester, starting at September 1st.

Admission to the master’s programme

The premaster’s programme is a programme that has been separated from the master’s programme. The student will only be admitted to the master’s programme, if all courses of the premaster’s programme have been finished with a sufficient examination result. The full premaster’s programme must have been finished successfully within a year after the start of the programme (September 1st). If not, the student will be rejected for admission to the master’s programme. Note that you can only start with the master’s programme after you have finished the premaster’s programme and you have been admitted to the master’s programme. This is according to Dutch legislation (“harde knip”).

Premaster’s courses

The premaster’s programme is carried out during the first semester of the academic year (autumn) and consists of the following courses:





Calculus A



Calculus B



Linear Algebra



Linear Systems



Calculus C



Digital Logic and Computer Organization



Instrumentation for Embedded Systems1)



Self-tuition projects Pre Masters-Emsys (programming project) 2)



1) For students with a background in Computer Science, Creative Technology

2) For students with a background in Electrical Engineering

Students with a different background (e.g. Embedded Systems) will take a course, chosen by the programme mentor.

Homologation courses (after the premaster’s programme)

Homologation courses (bridging courses) are advanced bachelor courses, that you follow after your premaster’s programme. Formally they are part of the master’s programme and as such they are included in the 120 EC study load of the programme. The courses depend on the chosen specialization and will be selected by the programme mentor of your master specialisation. Some homologation courses are taught in Dutch although more and more courses are taught in English now. In case of a Dutch course, the international student will have to cover the theory in self-study but will receive support from the lecturer regarding exercises and practical work. As an international student, please consult the coordinator international students.

HBO-minor students

The third year of most HBO-programmes is dedicated to a minor-programme that can be chosen by the student. For students, following a suitable HBO-programme it is possible to spend this period to take the Embedded Systems premaster programme. After successful completion of the premaster programme they will return to the HBO-university to finish their HBO-programme with a final project. After having finished their HBO-programme, including our Embedded Systems premaster’s programme, these students can be admitted directly to our Embedded Systems master’s programme.

If you carry out our premaster’s programme within an HBO minor-programme, the same conditions will apply for admission to the master’s programme. Of course an additional condition for admission to the master’s programme is that you will have received your HBO-degree.

Coordinator premaster’s programme

Dr. M.J. Korsten

Zilverling room 1022