If you have a university of applied sciences (HBO) degree, you may be admitted to the Master’s in Electrical Engineering. However, you will first need to complete a six-month pre-master’s before being admitted to the master’s.
What is a pre-Master's?
The pre-master's is a transfer and bridging programme which will give you the knowledge and skills you need to embark on your master's studies succesfully. Once you’ve completed the pre-master's, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s in Electrical Engineering.
The pre-master’s is only available in the autumn semester, starting at September 1st.. After finishing the pre-master's you can start on the master's as of the 1st of September or the 1st of 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 (4 ECs) and domain related courses (11 ECs).
You can expect to spend forty hours per week on the programme, which is divided into lectures (25%), tutorials (25%) and self-study (50%).
Credits (1 credit equals 28 hours of study)
Digital Logic and Computer Organisation
Academic Research Skills
Engineering System Dynamics1)
Electricity & Magnetism HBO2)
Academic Research Skills
One course will depend on the specialisation you want to choose. If you choose the specialisation Robotics & Mechatronics for your master’s programme:
- The course Engineering System Dynamics will give you an introduction in modelling the behaviour of multidisciplinary (e.g. electromechanical) systems. Courses during the master’s programme will learn you later how to control them.
If you choose one of the other specialisations:
- The course Electricity & Magnetism gives you a thorough introduction to the theory of electric and magnetic fields. This should enable you to design electronic systems such that they will function in a reliable way.
As an HBO-student you can start on the pre-master's after completing your bachelor's. Saxion students may be able to take the pre-master's during their bachelor's as a transfer minor.
The pre-master's as well as the master's is entirly taught in English
If you will be eligible for admission to the Pre-Master's in Electrical Engineering depends on your previous education. More information on admission.
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 Electrical Engineering 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.
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 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.
For more information about the application route check: https://www.utwente.nl/en/education/master/continue-studying-hbo/pre-master/admissionrequirements/
For general information requests please contact our Study Information Desk.
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