Pre-master's programme

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Achieved a dutch degree an wISH TO FOLLOW THE MASTER'S IN civil engineering and management? FIND OUT IF YOU NEED TO FOLLOW A PRE-MASTER'S FIRST.

After you have sent in your application for the Master's in Civil Engineering and Management (CEM), 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.

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 Dutch 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 and your future master's. Learn more about pre-master's in general


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

  • University of applied sciences (Dutch HBO)

    As a bachelor's student from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO), it is mandatory to follow a pre-master's first to prepare you for this Master's. You will be taught various scientific skills and your skills in mathematics will be improved. You will also attend several courses related to Civil Engineering and Management. If you manage to successfully complete this Pre-Master’s within one year, you will be able to enrol.

    course overview


    Course code

    Quartile 1: September-November


    Calculus A

    4 EC


    Academic Research Skills

    3 EC


    Design Project Urban Development

    6 EC



    2 EC


    Quartile 2:  November-February


    Calculus B

    3 EC


    Probability Theory and Statistics

    3 EC


    Academic Research Skills (continued)

    4.5 EC


    Fluid Mechanics 1

    2 EC



    2.5 EC



    30 EC

    study load

    The Pre-Master's is a six-monthly, full-time study programme of 30 EC which you have to complete within one year. We expect you to take the Pre-Master's seriously. You can't count on being successful if you approach the Pre-Master's halfway.

    You can start the Pre-Master's during your bachelor's as a transfer minor or after obtaining your bachelor’s degree. The content is the same, but the way of enrolling is different.


    The Pre-Master's programme is taught in English.

    Admission requirements and how to apply

    To qualify for the (Pre-)Master's in Civil Engineering and Management, you have to meet certain conditions. How you apply, depends on whether you take the Pre-Master's during or after your HBO bachelor's.


    You pay a fee per EC and this Pre-Master's is 30 EC. Each academic year, the amount per EC will be reassessed. Visit the tuition page for the current fees.

    If you choose to fit your Pre-Master's into your current HBO bachelor's, you can avoid extra costs; after all, you already pay tuition fees for your current bachelor's.

  • Dutch research university (Dutch WO)

    As a bachelor's student of UT or another Dutch research university, you first need to find out if you are directly admissible or you need to follow this Pre-Master's first. This may be necessary if this Master's comprises a slightly different field of study than your current bachelor's.

    Contents and study load

    Your Pre-Master's is tailor-made, there is no fixed format. The content and study workload (number of EC) depend on your previous education and can vastly differ. 

    Basically, the Pre-Master's can take between three months and one year depending on your deficiency courses, the distribution of the EC to be acquired and possible resits that need to be taken. Pre-master’s programmes for university students range between 10-60 EC.

    Start date

    The start date of your tailor-made Pre-Master's is determined in consultation with the study adviser.


    The Pre-Master's programme is taught in English.

    Admission requirements

    As a research university bachelor student, the admission requirements depend on your previous bachelor's or master's. Find out if you meet the admission requirements.

    How to apply and deadlines

    If you find out you need to take a pre-master's, you have to sign up for the master's of your choice first. Before starting the application procedure you should always check the application deadlines


    To follow a pre-master's you have to pay an amount per EC. The total amount is based on the number of EC’s your pre-master's consists of. 

  • International education

    As student holding a foreign degree, you can only apply for the master’s directly and do not have the option of participating in a pre-master's. 

    Get in touch with us if you have additional questions.  


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:


Get in touch with our pre-master's coordinator when you have questions regarding your possibilities to follow a pre-master's.

E.C.M. Luijkx MSc (Elora)
Coordinator Pre-Masters Faculty ET & Master Industrial Design Engineering
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