Construction Management and Engineering/CIVIL Engineering and Management

Are you interested in joining the Master’s programme in Construction Management and Engineering or Civil Engineering and Management after you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree? If so, you may be required to take a pre-Master’s course. Check the admission requirements to find out whether you are eligible for the 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) 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’ve successfully completed the pre-Master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s programme in Construction Management and Engineering (CME) or Civil Engineering and Management (CEM).

Pre-Master's goal

The pre-Master’s goal is to prepare you for the Master's programme in Construction Management and Engineering or Civil Engineering and Management. This means you will be taught various scientific skills and your skills in mathematics will be improved to a higher level. 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.

Starting Date

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

Students from a University of Applied Sciences (hbo) in the Netherlands, as well as university students can start the pre-Master's during their Bachelor's programme as a minor or after completing their Bachelor’s programme. Questions about the pre-Master can be directed to the pre-Master’s coordinator.


for hbo students

A pre-Master's programme contains 30 credits. This is a full time 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

30 EC

for university students

The study workload (or number of EC) involved with the pre-Master’s programme for Dutch university students, 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. International students can only apply directly for the master.

You are more responsible for your own progress compared to the university of applied sciences.Sten Aardoom

Read more about the pre-Master's experience of Sten.


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. Whether you will be eligible for admission to the pre-Master's programme in CEM/CME depends on your previous education. Check the transfer matrix to see which Master’s programmes are accessible with your Bachelor’s programme or contact the pre-Master’s coordinator. You will be admitted to one of both Master’s if you complete the pre-Master’s within one year.

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

Find out more about admission.


For general information, please contact our Study Information Desk.
For questions regarding the pre-Master's programme contact the pre-Master coordinator Joyce Kemna

More info

Read more about our pre-Master's programmes.

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