A pre-master's is a transfer programme for students of a Dutch University of Applied Sciences or Dutch Research University who wish to obtain a university master's degree, but who cannot be admitted directly.

A pre-master's is a transfer programme intended to bridge the gap between your current bachelor's and your future master's. It serves to prepare you for the master's of your choice. There is no general programme; every master's has its own pre-master's. Naturally, acquiring the required domain-specific knowledge is an essential part of the programme. Moreover, the pre-master's can contain a mathematical and methodological component and acquiring the necessary academic skills is important for university of applied sciences (HBO) students.

After your admittance to the (pre-)master's and after successful completion, i.e. you obtained the required number of EC credits, you can start with the master's of your choice.

Smoother transition from bachelor's to master's

If you wish to follow a UT master's after your (UT) bachelor's, other conditions apply in corona time. The Dutch Ministry of Education has opened up a more flexible rule 'BSc/MSc separation'. Read here about what it means for your situation. Or contact Student Services to talk to you personally.

Student ambassador
Arlette Nieswaag
2nd year student master Construction Management & Engineering

Hello future pre-Master students! I finished my bachelor ‘Civil Engineering’ at Saxion (University of Applied Sciences) located in Enschede. read more about my transfer from hbo to UT.

Continue studying or not?

Will you continue studying or will you make a start in the labour market? Take a good look at the reasons why you should continue your studies and obtain your university master's degree!

Five reasons to continue studying

  • As a university of applied science student (HBO) you will be able to combine the best of two worlds. You can combine your practical HBO knowledge with academic skills of university education.
  • You can continue your personal development by acquiring new knowledge and academic skills.
  • You can specialise in a specific academic field and will immerse yourself in the new subject matter by choosing a master's that differs from your bachelor's.
  • You will have the opportunity to do research; a university master's degree is a requirement for obtaining a research position.
  • Finally, you can increase your chances of a job after completing a university master's programme and will generally have a higher starting salary.

during or after your bachelor's?

There is no real difference, the programme is identical. However, the route you choose after or during your bachelor's is different. If you follow a pre-master's in your minor space as a university of applied sciences (HBO) student, it is called a transfer minor. You save time and money with a transfer minor: the programme of (usually) 30 EC fits within your minor space and you do not incur any extra costs because you have already paid tuition fees for your bachelor's degree. An interesting option! 

This is different for university students (WO), the pre-master's is tailor-made. Be sure to inquire in advance about the possibilities of doing the pre-master's in the minor of your university bachelor's.

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