From HBO to university

Pre-master's programme after HBO

As a HBO bachelor's programme student of a Dutch university of applied sciences, you can transfer to a one-year or two-year UT master's programme. Because a HBO bachelor's programme does not seamlessly transition into a university master's programme you need to first complete a pre-master's programme in order to be eligible. You can enrol in the pre-master's programme after you have completed your HBO bachelor's programme, or you can fit it into your HBO bachelor's programme.

What is the structure of the pre-master's programme?

The pre-master's programme is linked to the university master's programme and for each master's programme is structured differently. With every admission request for the master's programme of your choice, an assessment takes place of deficiency courses and whether these deficiencies can be solved within a pre-master's programme with at most 30-45 EC.

Upon admission to the master's programme of your choice and successful completion of the corresponding deficiency programme - the pre-master's programme - you can begin the master's programme. This means that, on top of the one-year or two-year master's programme, you will also spend at least six months on the pre-master's programme.

Content aside, the admission requirements also differ per master's programme. You can find more information on our master's programmes under the master's programmes in question. If you want to check whether or not your bachelor's programme is considered to be in a related field, you can consult the transfer matrix.

Starting dates

Most pre-master's programmes begin in September, but a number of programmes also have a starting date in February. Check the pre-master's programme tab on website of the master's programme in question to see when you can begin. Also note the starting date of the master's programme; the pre-master's programme and master's programme may not seamlessly transition into each other.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the master's programme and the corresponding pre-master's programme you need to meet a number of admission requirements. Apart from an university of applied sciences degree in a related field, the following applies:

Requirements can be set to the level of English and the level of mathematics* relevant to the programme. These requirements differ for each master's programme. Check the specific admission requirements for each master's programme.

You meet the admission requirements:

  • by having already obtained a pre-university education (VWO) diploma;
  • by meeting the language requirements for international students;
  • by having taken sufficient English and/or mathematics as part of the first and second year of the educational programme;
  • by successfully completing an additional English and/or mathematics course. Additional courses are offered by Babel and Boswell Beta or the Open Universiteit, for instance. Saxion also offers specifically tailored transfer courses (only accessible to Saxion students).

As most master's programmes are taught in English and because a sound level of mathematics is indispensable, we advise you to refresh or train your knowledge of English and mathematics (even if this is not a prerequisite) before starting the pre-master's programme.

*Note: For mathematics there is a distinction between the so-called technical (VWO-B) and non-technical mathematics (VWO-A) intended for transfer to technical and non-technical master's programmes respectively.

How can I apply for the (pre-)master's programme?

The first step in applying for a master's programme is using our Eligibility check, which will give you an advice on your chances of being admitted. With admittance comes automatic access to the corresponding pre-master's programme. For more information, check the application page. Here you can also find information on the required documents.

Information event for the master's programme and corresponding pre-master's programme

University of applied sciences (HBO) students who are looking for a university master's programme, which often entails an obligatory pre-master's programme, usually have questions specific to their situation. That is why we are organizing a special Q&A session for HBO students during our master's open day. Read more about the different information sessions organized by the University of Twente.

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