Computer Science

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

What is a pre-master's programme?

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

As a HBO student you can start on the pre-Master’s programme after completing your Bachelor’s degree. In some cases it is also possible to complete the pre-Master's programme during your Bachelor's degree as a transfer minor. 

Start Date

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


A pre-Master's programme 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 programme for students with a Bachelor’s degree 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 programme of 15 or 30 EC may be offered.


The programme is taught in English.

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 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 is 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.


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


For general information requests please contact our Study Information Desk.

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