Are you interested in joining the Master’s programme in Educational Science and Technology after you have obtained your Bachelor’s degree? If so, you may be required to complete a pre-Master’s programme first.

What is a pre-master's programme?

The pre-master’s is a bridging programme for higher vocational education (hbo) or research university bachelor’s degree students, who wish to obtain a university master’s degree, but who cannot be admitted directly to the master’s programme because their previous education does not fully meet the entry requirements. In the pre-master’s programme these students get the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to embark on their master’s studies successfully. After successful completion of the pre-master’s programme you will be admitted to the master’s programme in Educational Science and Technology (EST). Read more general information about what a pre-master is.

Start date

There are two terms of enrolment: September and February.

You can take the pre-master’s after completing your bachelor’s degree or during your bachelor's studies as a transfer-minor. In that case you can use your minor space to complete the pre-master's programme, thereby accelerating your ability to transfer to the master's programme.



The 30 EC pre-master’s programme consists of general academic (15 EC) and domain-specific (15 EC) courses that will prepare you for acquiring the applied, design or evaluation-oriented, scientific reasoning and research skills needed during your EST programme.  


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

Full-time programme

The full-time pre-master’s programme covers one semester and includes these courses:

Part-time programme

The part-time pre-master’s programme covers two semesters.


The pre-master’s programme is taught in English. 


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

Self-study package

In order to find out whether you are motivated to do this master’s programme in the field of Educational Science and Technology, you can read the articles presented in the EST self-study package. Besides these relevant articles, the self-study package includes diagnostic questions that indicate your level of the desired prior knowledge in Educational Science. In case you are interested in this package, please contact the programme staff. Besides this informative purpose, we also do require students that are admitted to EST to read the materials of the self-study package prior to their actual start in pre-master’s trajectory.

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 Educational Science and Technology is right for you. To this end, a couple of rules apply:

  1. To remain eligible for the Master's programme, candidates must fulfil the requirements of the pre-master’s programme within one year. Since 30 credits is equivalent to half a year of full-time study, this should not pose a problem.
  2. 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 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). 

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 more information about the application route check:


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Programme coordinator.

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