A pre-Master's programme is a transfer programme for University of Applied Sciences or Research University Bachelor's programme students who wish to obtain a university Master's degree, but who cannot be admitted directly. Students with a related previous education can enrol in the pre-Master's programme to obtain sufficient knowledge and skills to be able to participate in the Master's programme.
A pre-Master is a transfer programme intended to bridge the gap between your current Bachelor's programme and your future Master's programme. It serves to prepare you for the Master's programme of your choice. There is no general programme; every Master's programme has its own pre-Master's programme. Naturally, acquiring the required domain-specific knowledge is an essential part of the programme. Moreover, the pre-Master 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 programme and after successful completion, i.e. you obtained the required number of EC credits, you can begin the Master's programme of your choice.
This is a choice you have to make after completing your Bachelor's programme. Will you continue studying or will you make a start in the labour market? We listed a number of reasons why you should continue your studies and obtain your university Master's degree.
There is no real difference, the programme is identical. However, the route you choose after or during your Bachelor's programme is different. For university of applied sciences (hbo) students, pursuing the pre-Master's programme as a minor programme is called a transfer minor. There are set programmes for hbo-students, which means taking up a transfer minor is always an interesting choice. For university students, the pre-Master's programme is tailor-made and the programmes are currently in full development as a result of educational developments at the University of Twente. Be sure to inquire after the possibilities of making the pre-Master's programme the minor of your university Bachelor's programme.