Admission requirements

Transferring from DUTCH hbo to University OF twente

If you have a bachelor´s degree from a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO), you can be eligible for a one or two-year master’s programme at the University of Twente (UT). However, many hbo programmes do not tie in seamlessly with university master’s programmes. This is because university-level programmes emphasize research and analytical skills, while hbo programmes are more focused on practical applications.

In many cases, hbo bachelor’s students therefore need to complete a transferprogramme to bring their knowledge and skills up to the level required for admission to an academic master’s programme.

Two studyroutes

During HBO

DURING HBO bachelor's

As a student of a university of applied sciences you can use your Minor space to complete the whole or part of the transferprogramme, thereby accelerating your ability to transfer to a one- or two-year master's programme.

» DURING your bachelor’s at a University of Applied Science

As a bachelor's student at a university of applied sciences you can transfer to a one- or two-year UT master's programme. Students with a university of applied sciences bachelor's degree cannot immediately start with a master's programme at university. In order to start a master's programme you first need to do a transferprogramme to bring your knowledge up to the required level.

Unique possibility

As a student of applied sciences you can use your Minor space to complete the whole or part of the transferprogramme. This is a unique possibility which does not only saves you a lot of time, but also quite a bit of money since you're of course already paying tuition fees for your university of applied sciences bachelor's degree. Moreover, you can already see whether your future master's programme matches your expectations.

study load and Content 

The study load of this so-called transferminor depends on the master's programme that you want to follow and is master related. Most transferminors consists out of 30 ECTS. In some cases, if the transferprogramme consists out of 45 ECTS, you are required to complete the remainder after obtaining your university of applied sciences bachelor's degree. The content and admission requirements differ per master's programme and can be found at the relevant master's programmes webpages.

Starting date

Most of the programmes start in September, with a few offering the additional possibility to start in February.

Transfer minor admission conditions

To be admitted to the transferminor you need to meet the admission conditions. In addition to a relevant university of applied sciences certificate and a positive recommendation from your examination committee you need to have:

1) Obtained all ECTS from the first and second academic year of the programme.

2) Some master programmes require English and programme-relevant Mathematics* at pre-university education level, the so called VWO level (derived from the entrance examination)

This is possible through:

  • having previously obtained a pre-university education certificate;
  • being able to demonstrate that within your education programme sufficient English and/or Mathematics education was provided during the first and second year; 
  • successfully completing the English and Mathematics transfer courses offered by Saxion (only for Saxion students);
  •   meeting already the language requirements for international students;

Note: In the Netherlands a distinction is made between the so-called technical (VWO-B) and non-technical (VWO-A) Mathematics, intended for the transfer to technical and non-technical master's programmes respectively.

Admissible for which master's?

With the help of the transfermatrix  you are able to acquaint yourself with the master's programmes the UT has to offer and the programmes you can be admitted to. Saxion students also can check our UT-Saxion transfer matrix.

Start online application

Please check the application deadlines before you start your application. If you have already done this, you can start your application for a transfer programme (Kies op maat)

Contact

Any questions about the transfer minor can be mailed to our
Study Information centre. Saxion students can also mail to doorstroom@saxion.nl

Completed HBO

completed hbo degree

Having obtained a bachelor's certificate from a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands you can be eligible for Master of Science programme at the University of Twente. This will normally be conditionally, based on deficiences because of differences in level and prior knowledge. To remove these deficiences , a student is appointed a transfer programme, the so called pre-master. After completing this transfer programme the student can transfer to a one or two year master's programme.

completed hbo route

» AFTER completing of a bachelor’s at a University of Applied Science

As a bachelor's student at a university of applied sciences you can transfer to a one- or two-year UT master's programme. Students with a university of applied sciences bachelor's degree cannot immediately start with a master's programme at university. In order to start a master's programme you first need to do a transferprogramme to bring your knowledge up to the required level.

study load and Content

The study load of the transferprogramme depends on the master's programme you wish to enrol in. Most transferprogrammes vary from 30 to 45 ECTS. The content and admission requirements differ per master's programme and can be found at the relevant master's programmes webpages. Here you can also find the start date of the transfer's and master’s programmes. Most of the programmes start in September, with a few offering the additional possibility to start in February.

Brush up on English and Mathematics

Because most master's programmes are taught in English and a profound level in Mathematics is indispensable, it is recommended (and sometimes Mathematics and English at pre-university level (VWO) is one of the conditions for admission) that you freshen or brush up your knowledge of English and Mathematics before starting with the transferprogramme. Additional courses can be taken at, for example, Babel and Boswell Bèta or the Open Universiteit.

Admissible for which master?

Want to know in advance which master's programmes you can be admitted to? Visit doorstroommatrix.nl

If there's no information on transferring to the UT from your university of applied sciences, check the information at the relevant master's programmes webpages or contact the Study Information Centre

Start online application

Have you checked the deadlines for application? You can then follow the application instructions

More information

Master's Open Day

Two times a year there is a Master Open Day at the University of Twente. During this Open Day you can follow information sessions about the master’s programmes you are interested in. In addition you can visit our special hbo-session and information market with plenty of opportunities to freely discuss your questions about the MSc programmes, admission requirements and transfer possibilities.

Hbo-session

For hbo-students during the Open Day there is an special information session on transferring to a master's programme at the UT. You learn more about the different transfer possibilities, admission requirements, applicationprocedure and costs of the transferprogramme. Furthermore a student who finished the transferprogramme shares his/her experiences. 

Do you want to know the dates of our Open Days, please check our special open day page and find out when you can visit us.  

Information Session Saxion

If you are a student of Saxion you can also join the special information session at Saxion 'With minor to master'. Here you can find out how you can use your minor to transfer to the master's of your choice as efficient as possible.

When?

September and February. Location: Saxion

Questions?

For any questions about our master's programmes or the University of Twente in general please contact our Study Information Desk. The Study Information centre is opened Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 17.00 (GMT+1).

Phone: 053 489 5489

E-mail: study@utwente.nl

Any questions about the Saxion transferminor can be mailed to doorstroom@saxion.nl

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