Bachelor's-before-master's rule

Smooth transfer academic year 2021 - 2022

In the context of COVID-19 it is possible for EER-students, under certain conditions, to make use of the so called ‘smooth transfer’ from a bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme to a master’s programme for the academic year 2021-2022.

This means that you may be allowed to start with a master’s programme even if you have not yet completed your bachelor’s or pre-master’s programme. Institutions/programmes are allowed to admit (under conditions) students who didn’t finish the bachelor or pre-master yet. The rules apply for both for the September and February intake and for students who study at the University of Twente and to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree elsewhere.

First year students
If you are a first-year student, you will receive a question during your Osiris application with regard to the smooth transfer.

Senior students
If you are a senior student, we ask you to please contact the study adviser of the master of your choice to discuss whether it is possible for you to make use of the ‘smooth transfer’.

Please note: this temporary smooth transfer is only valid for the transfer to the next academic year (from September 2021- August 2022).

Due to an amendment of the law the so-called ‘transfer master’ has been abolished as from 1 September 2014. You can only be admitted to a master’s programme with the required bachelor's degree. this applies to all students.

No exceptions are possible via the hardship clause 

Exceptions are legally prohibited. The new enrolment regulation within the law (Higher Education and Research Act - WHW) prevents exceptions.

More information needed

When you have questions about admission requirements and intake moments, please contact your study advisor.