Embedded Systems

If you have a degree of a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO), you may be admitted to the Master’s in Embedded Systems. 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 successfully. Once you have completed the pre-master's, you will be granted admission to the Master’s in Embedded Systems.

Start Date

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


The pre-master’s is carried out during the first semester of the academic year (autumn) and consists of the following courses:





Calculus A



Calculus B



Linear Algebra



Linear Systems



Algorithms, Datastructures and Complexity for Embedded Systems



Digital Logic and Computer Organisation



Instrumentation for Embedded System1)




Self-tuition projects Pre-Masters Embedded Systems (programming project)2)



As an HBO-student you can start on the pre-master's after completing your bachelor's. HBO-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 Embedded Systems 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 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.

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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