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Do you have a bachelor’s from a university of applied sciences (HBO) or another university, and are you interested in taking the Master’s in Computer Science? In some cases, you may first need to complete a pre-master's before being admitted to this master’s.

What is a pre-master's?

The pre-master's is a bridging programme which will give you the knowledge and skills you need to embark on your master’s studies successfully. Following the completion of the pre-master's you will be admitted to the Master’s in Computer Science.

As an HBO student, you can start on the pre-master's after completing your bachelor’s. In some cases it is also possible to complete the pre-master's during your bachelor's as a transfer minor. 

Start Date

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


A pre-master's for HBO students contains 30 credits. This is a fulltime study programme of one semester and contains the following courses: mathematics (15 ECs), academic skills and introduction to research (10 ECs) and domain-related courses (5 ECs).

A pre-master's  for students with a bachelor’s from another university will depend on the content of the awarded degree. If the gap between obtained knowledge and required knowledge is less than 30 EC a pre-master's of 15 or 30 EC may be offered.

Rules of the pre-master's

The pre-master’s is designed to address any shortcomings in your prior knowledge, it is also an efficient way to find out whether studying at a research university in the field of Computer Science 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 are equivalent to half a year of full-time study, this should not pose a problem.
  • You must also earn sufficient marks with a maximum of one re-sit per course. This means you need to take the pre-master's seriously.

You cannot expect to be successful in the pre-master's 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 depends on your personal situation (application during or after your bachelor's) and your previous education (e.g. university of applied sciences or university background).

Keep an eye on the application deadlines and check them prior to your application (pre-master and master's 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 during an HBO bachelor's – the so-called transfer minor – the deadline is earlier than the deadline for a pre-master's after the HBO programme.


If you will be eligible for admission to the Pre-Master's in Computer Science depends on your previous education. More information on admission.

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