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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 the latter case you can use the minor space of your current bachelor's programme to complete the pre-master's programme, thereby accelerating your ability to transfer to the master's programme.

After successful completion of all your pre-master's courses you can continue your studies in de master EST also in either Febraury or September.

programme 

FOR HBO STUDENTS

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.  

FOR research UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

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:

September enrolment

First semester

Quartile 1A

Quartile 1B

Research Methodology and Descriptive Statistics (202001402) (5 EC)

Inferential Statistics

Designing for learning in schools and organisations (202000264) (5 EC)

Research studio (202000263) (10 EC)


Academic Writing Pre-master (202001400) (5 EC)


February enrolment

First semester 

Quartile 1A

Quartile 1B

Research Methodology and Descriptive Statistics (202001402) (5 EC)

Inferential Statistics

Designing for learning in schools and organisations (202000264) (5 EC)

Research studio (202000263) (10 EC)


Academic Writing Pre-master (202001400) (5 EC)

Part-time programme

The part-time pre-master’s programme covers two semesters. When taking the programme in part-time mode, you take less courses per quartile and spread the study load over a longer period of time. This means that you have a lower study load per quartile, which gives you the opportunity to do something else (for example, part-time work) besides studying. You need to be able to attend classes at the university on two (and during the first semester three) days per week.


First semester

Quartile A

Quartile B

Research Methodology and Descriptive Statistics (202001402) (5 EC)

Inferential Statistics (202001403) (5 EC)


Academic Writing Pre-master (202001400) (5 EC)


Second semester

Quartile A

Quartile B

Designing for learning in schools and organisations (202000264) (5 EC)

Research studio (202000263) (10 EC)

Language

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

Admission

Whether you are 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

The pre-master’s programme 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, two rules apply:

  1. To remain eligible for the master's programme, candidates must fulfil the requirements of the pre-master’s programme within the maximum registration period of one year. Since 30 credits is equivalent to half a year of full-time study, this should not pose a problem. (Also part-time students, who study in the pre-master for a full year, must complete the pre-master's programme within this one year).
  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 most motivated and dedicated students complete the programme within max. two attempt per exam and 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 background (e.g. university of applied sciences, university background, Dutch, European or Non-EU (visa)). 

For direct application to the (pre-) master's programme after completion of your bachelor's programme, keep an eye on the application deadlines that apply for your background, and check them prior to your application.

For students who want to do the pre-master's programme during their Dutch hbo bachelor's programme – the so-called transfer minor – the application deadline in Kies Op Maat is earlier. 

For more information about the application route check.

Contact 

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

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