Applied Physics

Pre-master's programme

The Master’s programme in Applied Physics at the University of Twente will expand your knowledge of physics, giving you deeper insight into a specific field of research of your choice. You will have the opportunity to tailor your programme to your individual interests. If you have a university of applied sciences (Dutch ‘hbo’) degree, you may be admitted to the MSc programme in Applied Physics after completing a six-month pre-Master’s programme.

What is a pre-Master's programme?

Our pre-Master's programme is a transition programme designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need to successfully participate in our Master’s programme. Once you’ve completed the pre-Master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s programme in Applied Physics.

You can start with the pre-Master's during your hbo Bachelor programme, by taking it as a transfer minor. You can also start after completing your Bachelor’s programme.

Start Date

Start date of the programme will be the 1st  of September. After finishing the pre-Master's programme you can enter in September or February in the Master's programme.


Completing the pre-Master's programme will gain you 30 credits. It is a fulltime study programme of one semester with courses in mathematics and physics.


  • Calculus A
  • Calculus B
  • Linear algebra A
  • Modelling
  • Optics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Introduction to Solid State Physics


The pre-Master's courses will be partly taught in Dutch and partly in English. The Master's programme is taught entirely in English.

Rules of the pre-Master's

The pre-Master’s is designed not only to address any deficiencies in your prior knowledge, but it is also 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 couple of 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 also 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 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.


If you will be eligible for admission to the pre-Master's programme in Applied Physics depends on your previous education. More information for hbo students on admission.


For general information requests please contact our Study Information Desk.

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