If you have been admitted to the master's of your choice, on condition that you complete the corresponding pre-master's, you want to know what the study load is. It depends on both the master's you wish to pursue and on your previous education.

For university of applied sciences (HBO) students

Studyload pre-master's programme and transfer minor

A pre-master's for hbo students with an hbo bachelor's degree in a related subject is a set package and consists of 30 EC in most cases. It is possible to complete it in six months. The maximum period for completing the pre-master's is one year.  If you have not completed the programme successfully by then, you cannot participate in the master's.

Occasionally, the pre-master's consists of 45 EC and the remaining 15 EC of the programme will have to be completed at the end of your bachelor's if the pre-master's takes the shape of a transfer minor.

For university bachelor's students

Studyload pre-master's programme

As a university bachelor's programme student, the duration of the pre-master's depends on the bachelor's you currently follow and the desired master's. Basically a pre-master's can take between three months and a year depending on your deficiency courses, the distribution of the EC to be acquired and possible resits that need to be taken. You may already be able to take up the pre-master's during your current bachelor's as part of your minor. Ask the contacts of the master's and your current bachelor's for the available options.

The pre-master's is tailor-made; there is no fixed format, which means the EC amount can vastly differ. To find out if you need to follow a pre-master, you first need to sign up for the master course of your choice. After your application has been assessed, you will be informed whether it is necessary for you to follow a pre-master's. The details of the tailor-made programme will also be communicated to you.

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