Admission / Enrolment

Transferring from HBO to Chemical Engineering

Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences (HBO) do not directly fulfil all the admission requirements. In order to start a Master's programme you first need to do a pre-Master’s programme to bring your knowledge up to the required level.

Admissible HBO degrees

Admission to the pre-Master’s programme depends on your Bachelor’s programme. Directly related to Chemical Engineering are:

  • Chemie
  • Chemische Technologie 

If you have completed another HBO programme of which you hesitate if it is enough related, you can also apply for admission. In that case, the admission committee will conduct an individual assessment procedure to determine if you have sufficient basic qualifications in Chemical Engineering to be admitted.


You can start the premaster during or after your Bachelor's degree. The application procedure and deadlines depend on the studyroute of your choice. 

Transferring from university of applied sciences (HBO) to Chemical Engineering

If you have a Bachelor’s certificate in Chemische Technologie or Chemie from a university of applied sciences (HBO), you will first need to complete a pre-Master’s programme totalling a maximum of 30 credits. You will then be able to enrol in a tailored Master’s programme in which the standard 20-credit internship is replaced with a number of homologation courses.

The specific components of both the pre-Master’s programme and homologation programme depends on your Bachelor's qualifications (Chemie or Chemische Technologie), the specialization you wish to do and your current level of knowledge.

The pre-Master’s and homologation programmes have the following objectives:

  • As students from HBO programmes often do not have all the requisite maths skills, the pre-Master’s phase focuses on this area with various courses in subjects such as calculus and linear algebra
  • To improve students’ knowledge in fundamental subjects such as materials science and process technology
  • To give students a more thorough grounding in fundamental theoretical subjects such as transport phenomena and thermodynamics

Students can complete part of the pre-Master's and homologation programmes as a minor during their Bachelor’s degree, provided they obtain approval for this from the programme administrations of both their own institution and the University of Twente.


For further information about the pre-Master's and homologation programmes please contact Mr. Akse through our dedicated form: requests by Dutch students may want to contact our Study Information Desk. International students may use our dedicated form.


Please follow the application instructions.

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