Chemical Engineering

Are you interested in joining the master’s programme in Chemical Engineering 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 have successfully completed the pre-master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the master’s programme in Chemical Engineering.

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 (Kies op maat).

Start date

The pre-master’s programme starts in September. University students start their master’s programme in consultation with the programme staff.  



A pre-master's programme contains 30 credits. This is a full-time study programme of one semester (except for the CPE track, which takes one year to complete) with courses in mathematics (12 credits) and domain-related courses (18 credits). Courses vary by specialization. 


Mathematics: Calculus A + B, Programming in Engineering

Domain related: Catalysis and Reaction Kinetics; Fundamentals of Solid; Industrial Chemistry and Processes; Advanced Materials Science, Chemical  & Technology of Materials


Mathematics: Calculus A + B, Programming in Engineering

Domain related: Catalysis and Reaction Kinetics; Chemical Reactor Engineering; Fluid Dynamics, Heat & Mass Transfer; Numerical methods

University students

For university students, the programme and study workload, or the number of credits depends on their previous education and will not be the same for everyone. Pre-master’s programmes for university students range from 10 to 30 credits.


The pre-master’s courses and the Master’s programme itself is taught entirely in English.


Eligibility for admission to the pre-master's programme in Chemical Engineering 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 Chemical Engineering is right for you. To this end, a few 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 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.

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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