Pre-master's programme

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Applied Physics

Are you interested in joining the master’s programme in Applied Physics after you have obtained your bachelor’s degree? If so, you may 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.

StarT date

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


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. 


The pre-master's courses and the master's programme itself will be taught entirely in English. 


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.

Rules of the pre-master's programme

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:

Pre-master Application route

The application process for the pre-master's programme depends on your personal situation (application during or after your bachelor's programme) and your previous education (e.g. university of applied sciences or university background). You can apply for admittance online, see Students who integrate the pre-master’s programme in their programme of a University of Applied Sciences, can apply via kiesopmaat.

Keep an eye on the application deadlines and check them prior to your application (pre-master and master deadlines are most of the times identical). However, the deadline for university of applied sciences (hbo) students depends on the route you chose. For a pre-master's programme during a hbo bachelor's programme – the so-called transfer minor – the deadline is earlier than the deadline for a pre-master's programme after the hbo programme.


For general information please contact our Study Information Desk.

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