Pre-Master

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Wish to follow the Master's in Biomedical Engineering? You might need to follow a pre-master's first.

After you have sent in your application for the Master's in Biomedical Engineering, a committee will check your eligibility. An outcome of this assessment may be that you first have to complete a pre-master's before being admitted. Depending on your previous education, only one or two specialisations are possible to start after a pre-master's.

What is a pre-master's?

A pre-master's is a transfer programme for students of a Dutch university of applied sciences ('hbo' in Dutch) or a research university who cannot be admitted directly to the master's they wish to follow. The goal is to bridge the gap between your current bachelor's (in a related field) and your future master's. Once you have successfully completed the pre-master's, you will be admitted to the master's. Learn more about pre-master's in general

The Pre-Master's for Biomedical Engineering is taught mainly in Dutch and partly in English. The costs of the Pre-Master's depends on the amount of EC of your programme. You pay a fee per EC, and, depending on your previous education, the Pre-Master's programme for Biomedical Engineering varies to a maximum of 60 EC. Each academic year, the amount per EC will be reassessed. Visit the tuition page for the current fees.

What applies to you?

Do you want to get insights into the Pre-Master's? The programme you need to take depends on your previous or current education, as well as the specialisation you will follow. What kind of education do or did you follow?

  • University of applied sciences (Dutch HBO)

    If you followed a (sufficiently related) bachelor's at a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO), it is mandatory to follow a pre-master's first to prepare you for this Master's. If you manage to successfully complete this Pre-Master’s within one year, you are able to enrol.

    Contents

    The Pre-Master's for Biomedical Engineering is always tailor-made, there is no fixed format. The content and the study load of the programme depends on your previous education as well as the specialisation you choose to follow. The Pre-Master's will consist of a maximum of 60 EC. This means that the Pre-Master's will take up to a maximum of one year. In any case, you will be taught scientific research skills as well as mathematics. That's why the following courses will almost always be part of the programme:

    Moreover, you will follow domain-specific courses, related to the specialisation you will follow.

    Do you want to know what the Pre-Master's would look like for you? Contact the study adviser. Make sure to mention your previous education, including an overview of the courses with course descriptions.

    Start date

    The Pre-Master's always starts in September. Once you have completed the Pre-Master's programme successfully, you can continue with the Master's in Biomedical Engineering. If you choose the specialisation in Bioengineering Technologies, you can continue with the Master's only in September. 

    During or after your bachelor's

    You have the option to follow (part of) the Pre-Master's during your current bachelor by taking courses in your minor space. It's an option worth considering as it saves you time and money: after all, you have already paid tuition fees for your bachelor's. A second option is to first get your bachelor's degree and then transfer to this Master's via the Pre-Master's. Contact the study adviser for your options.

  • Dutch research university

    As a bachelor's student at UT or another Dutch research university, you might be admitted into the Master's in Biomedical Engineering under the condition that you complete a Pre-Master's first. This might be the case when your bachelor's is in a (slightly) different field of study than the Master's in Biomedical Engineering. 

    Contents

    The Pre-Master's for Biomedical Engineering is always tailor-made, there is no fixed format. The content and the study load of the programme depends on your previous education as well as the specialisation you choose to follow. The Pre-Master's will consist of a maximum of 60 EC. This means that the Pre-Master's will take up to a maximum of one year. 

    Do you want to know what the Pre-Master's would look like for you? Contact the study adviser. Make sure to mention your previous education, including an overview of the courses with course descriptions.

    Start date

    The Pre-Master's always starts in September. Once you have completed the Pre-Master's programme successfully, you can continue with the Master's in Biomedical Engineering. If you choose the specialisation in Bioengineering Technologies, you can continue with the Master's only in September. 

    During or after your bachelor's

    If you have elective space in your current bachelor's, you have the option to follow (part of) the Pre-Master's during your bachelor's. It's an option worth considering as it saves you time and money: after all, you have already paid tuition fees for your bachelor's. A second option is to first get your bachelor's degree and then transfer to this Master's via the Pre-Master's. Contact the study adviser for your options.

  • International education

    The Pre-Master's is taught mainly in Dutch, so if you are a non-Dutch speaking international student, you do not have the option of participating in a pre-master's. You can only apply for the Master's directly (if you are admissible). 

What is expected of you?

The Pre-Master's is designed not only to address any deficiencies in your prior knowledge, but it is also an effective way to find out whether studying at a research university is right for you. Therefore, the following rules apply:

Contact

If you have any questions about the (Pre-)Master's in Biomedical Engineering, contact the study adviser!

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