Are you interested in joining the Master’s programme in Applied Physics upon completion of your Bachelor’s programme? In a number of cases you might be required to complete a pre-Master’s programme first.

What is a pre-master's programme?

The pre-Master's programme is a transfer and bridging programme for higher professional education (HBO) or university Bachelor's students who wish to obtain a university Master's degree but cannot be admitted directly. Students with a related previous education will gain the knowledge and skills needed for participation in the Master’s programme. Once you’ve successfully completed the pre-Master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s programme in Applied Physics.

As an HBO student you can either start your pre-Master’s programme after completing your Bachelor’s programme or during your Bachelor's programme as a transfer minor.

Programme overview

A pre-Master's programme contains max. 30 credits. It is a full-time study programme of one semester with courses in mathematics and physics. Courses vary by specialization. The pre-Master's courses and the Master's programme itself will be taught entirely in English. 

Starting date

The programme starts in September. After finishing the pre-Master's programme you can enter the Master’s programme in September or February.

Rules in the pre-master's

Besides addressing any deficiencies in your prior knowledge, the pre-Master’s programme is an efficient way to find out whether studying at a research university in the field of Applied Physics is right for you. To this end, a few rules apply:

  • We ask you to fulfil the requirements of the pre-Master’s programme within one year. Since 30 credits is equivalent to half a year of full-time study, this should not pose a problem.
  • You must earn sufficient marks with a maximum of one re-sit per course. This means you need to take the pre-Master’s seriously.
  • You cannot expect to be successful in the pre-Master’s  programme if you approach it half-heartedly: it is meant as a half-year, full-time programme of study. In practice almost all motivated students complete the programme in the allotted time.


Eligibility for admission to the pre-Master's programme in Applied Physics depends on your previous education. Check out more information on admission for HBO students.


For general information please contact our Study Information Desk.

Read more about our pre-Master's programmes.

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