Are you enrolled in or finished with a bachelor’s programme at a university of applied sciences (HBO) and are you considering doing a university-level master’s (wo)? There are two ways for you to transfer by doing a pre-master’s. The University of Twente (UT) offers a wide range of (pre-)master’s programmes, and lots of possibilities to specialise in various fields, ranging from engineering and natural and health sciences to behavioural and management sciences.
Transferring from Dutch HBO to WO by doing a pre-master’s
A university-level master’s allows you to supplement the practical knowledge you acquired in your HBO-bachelor’s with the kinds of academic skills you develop at a research university. You conduct research, learn to make critical decisions and gain specialist knowledge in a specific field. You get the best of both worlds!
Differences between HBO and WO
A university-level master’s degree can be a valuable supplement to your HBO-bachelor’s. Are you wondering if studying at a research university is the right choice for you? Below, we’ve listed the most important differences.
Focus on the 'how' of things
Focus on the 'why' of things
Improving what exists
Designing things that don't exist yet
Slower pace of study and less reading
Higher pace of study and more reading
Clear career trajectory
No clear career trajectory
Two ways of making the transfer
If you have a bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch university of applied sciences, you can transfer to a one- or two-year master’s programme at UT. However, because of the gap between HBO-bachelor’s and WO-master’s, you must first complete a pre-master’s programme. Each master’s has its own pre-master’s. For students who completed their bachelor’s at a university of applied sciences, this is a predetermined curriculum, ranging from 30 to a maximum of 60 credits. There are two ways to complete a pre-master’s: after or during your bachelor’s.
Am I eligible for admission?
In order to be admitted to a master’s or pre-master’s, you must meet certain requirements. In many cases, there are specific admission requirements with regard to your mathematics and English language skills, so it may be wise to brush up your knowledge in these areas before starting your pre-master’s. The admission requirements for each (pre-)master’s are available through the programme pages.
It should also be noted that you might not be eligible for admission to every pre-master’s programme. You are only eligible for admission if your bachelor’s is in a similar field of study. Do you want to know which (pre-)master’s you can enrol in with your bachelor’s degree? Find out with our transfer tool!