Pre-master's programme

Civil Engineering and Management or Construction Management

Are you interested in joining the master’s programme in Civil Engineering and Management or Construction Management and Engineering after you have obtained your bachelor’s degree? If so, you may be required to complete a pre-master’s programme first. 

Students with an international bachelor degree can only apply directly for the master's programme and do not have the possibility to participate in a pre-master's programme.  

What is a pre-Master's programme?

The pre-master's programme is a transfer and bridging programme for higher professional education (‘hbo’ in Dutch) or university education bachelor's programme students of Dutch universities who wish to obtain a university master's degree, but who cannot be admitted directly. Once you have successfully completed the pre-master's programme, you will be granted admission to the master’s programme in Civil Engineering and Management (CEM) or Construction Management and Engineering (CME). 

Pre-master's goal

The pre-master’s goal is to prepare you for the master’s programme in Civil Engineering and Management or Construction Management and Engineering. This means 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. If you manage to successfully complete the pre-master’s within one year, you will be able to enrol in one of these two master's programmes. After obtaining your master’s degree, you will be a civil engineer capable of combining technical and non-technical aspects of large infrastructural and construction projects.

Start Date

The pre-master's programme starts every September. After successfully completing the pre-master's programme you can directly enter the master's programme. Students doing their pre-master’s as part of their University of Applied Sciences degree (transfer minor/'Kies op maat') can enter the master’s programme in February or September after finishing their University of Applied Sciences Bachelor's programme. 

Whether you are an University of Applied Sciences student or a university student, you can start the pre-master's programme during your bachelor's programme as a minor or after obtaining your bachelor’s degree.


For University of Applied Sciences (Dutch HBO) students:

A pre-master's programme contains 30 credits. This is a fulltime study programme of one semester.

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)
Fluid Mechanics 1

4.5 EC
2 EC



2.5 EC



30 EC

For university students

The study workload, or number of EC, that the pre-master’s programme for Dutch university students consist of, depends on your previous education and will not be the same for everyone. Pre-master’s programmes for Dutch university students range between 10-30 EC.


The pre-master's programme is in English as is the required literature.


The pre-master’s programme is designed for students who have the motivation and capacities to obtain an academic degree from an English-taught master’s programme in Civil Engineering and Management or Construction Management and Engineering. Your eligibility for admission to the pre-master's programme in CEM/CME depends on your previous education.

Requirements for Dutch students

International students

Students with an international bachelor’s degree can only apply for the master’s programme directly and do not have the option of participating in a pre-master's programme. 

More information on admission

Rules of the pre-Master’s programme

The pre-master’s programme 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:

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.

For questions regarding the pre-Master's programme contact the pre-master coordinator. 

More info

Read more about our pre-Master's programmes.

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