Chemical Engineering

pre-master's programme

Are you interested in joining the Master’s programme in Chemical Engineering upon completion of your Bachelor’s degree? 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 in which you will gain the knowledge and skills needed for successful participation in the Master’s. Once you’ve completed the pre-Master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s programme in Chemical Engineering in which the standard 20-credit internship is replaced with a number of courses to broaden your knowledge.

As a HBO student you can start on the pre-Master’s after completing your Bachelor’s degree or during your Bachelor's degree as a transfer minor.


A pre-Master's programme contains 30 credits. This is a fulltime study programme of one semester with courses in mathematics (12 EC) and domain-related courses (18 EC). Courses vary by specialisation. 

track Molecules & Materials Engineering:

Mathematics: Calculus A + B, Linear algebra A.

Domain related: Catalysis and Reaction Kinetics; Industrial Chemistry and Processes; Advanced Materials Science; Chemistry and Technology of Inorganic Materials

Track Chemistry & Process Engineering:

Mathematics: Calculus A + B, Linear algebra A + B.

Domain related: Catalysis and Reaction Kinetics; Industrial Chemistry and Processes; Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer; Numerical Methods


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

start date

You can start the programme in September. After finishing the pre-Master's programme you can enter in February or September in the Master's programme.

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 Chemical Engineering is right for you. To this end, a couple of rules apply:

  • We ask you to fulfil the requirements of the pre-Master’s 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 one re-sit per course. This means you need to take the pre-Master’s programme 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. That said, 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 Chemical Engineering 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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