Embedded Systems

pre-master's programme

Embedded Systems

If you have a university of applied sciences (HBO) degree, you may be admitted to the Master’s of Science programme in Embedded Systems. However you will first need to complete a six-month pre-master’s programme before being admitted to the master’s.

What is a pre-Master's programme?

The pre-master's programme 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 programme, you’ll be granted admission to the master’s programme in Embedded Systems.

Start Date

The pre-master’s programme is only available in the autumn semester, starting at September 1st.. After finishing the pre-master's programme you can start on the master's as of the 1st of September or the 1st of 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) 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%).

1) Only for students with a background in Computer Science
2) Only for students with a background in Electrical Engineering
Students with a different background (e.g. Embedded Systems) will take a course, chosen by the programme mentor.

As a hbo-student you can start on the pre-master's after completing your bachelor's degree. Saxion students may be able to take the pre-master's programme during their bachelor's degree as a transferminor.


The pre-master's programme as well as the masterprogramme is entirly 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 Embedded Systems 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 Embedded Systems depends on your previous education. More information on admission.


For general information requests please contact our Study Information Desk.

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