After your university bachelor's, you can further specialise pursuing a master's. You can choose a master's that is the direct follow-up to your bachelor's or you can choose a master's programme in a slightly different field or at a different institution.
Your university bachelor's will not always grant you direct access to the master's of your choice. To improve your skills and to learn additional knowledge before the start of your master's programme you must in some cases complete a pre-master's to ensure that you meet the programme aims of the master's within 60 EC or 120 EC.
Every master's has its own pre-master's that prepares you for the master's programme of your choice. You will thus need to complete the pre-master's at the institution that offers the master's programme in question, which in this case is the University of Twente. The study workload, or number of EC the pre-master's consists of, depends on your previous education and will not be the same for everyone. Pre-master's programmes for university students range between 15-60 EC.
If you have to complete a pre-master's for the master's you wish to pursue, you have two options as a university student:
1. Pre-master's programme after your university bachelor's degree
You can choose to first get your university bachelor's degree and then transfer to the master's of your choice. This means that if you do not have direct access you will first have to complete the pre-master's before you can start the master's programme. On top of the one-year or two-year master's you will have to take additional time for the pre-master's into account. Once you have successfully completed that you can begin the master's in September or February in some cases.
2. Pre-master's programme as a minor
If you already decided that you wish to continue your studies in a different field during your university bachelor's, you could make your pre-master's part of your bachelor's in the shape of a minor. This saves you time – you can immediately transfer to the master's of your choice – and costs – you will not pay extra for the pre-master's because you are already paying tuition for your bachelor's.
To include a pre-master's as a minor you will need the approval of the admission boards of the intended master's and of your current university bachelor's. Your current bachelor's has to agree to you including the pre-master in your curriculum. Be sure to ask about the possibilities beforehand.
Are you already a student at the University of Twente and would you like to transfer within the University of Twente? Use the transfer tool to find out whether you can switch directly or via a pre-master's to the master's of your choice.
You can also visit the Master's Open Day to find out more about your transfer options. See our information page for dates.