Wish to follow the Master's in Health Sciences? you might need to follow a pre-master's first.
After you have sent in your application for the Master's in Health Sciences, a committee will check your eligibility. An outcome of this assessment may be that you first have to complete a pre-master's before being admitted.
Please note: to qualify for the (Pre-)Master's in Health Sciences, you have to meet certain conditions. Find out if you meet the admission requirements.
What is a pre-master's?
A pre-master's is a transfer programme for students of a Dutch university of applied sciences ('hbo' in Dutch) or an (international) research university who cannot be admitted directly to the master's they wish to follow. The goal is to bridge the gap between your current bachelor's (in a related field) and your future master's. Once you have successfully completed the pre-master's, you will be admitted to the master's. Learn more about pre-master's in general.
The Pre-Master's for Health Sciences is taught partly in Dutch and partly in English. The costs of the Pre-Master's depends on the amount of EC of your programme. You pay a fee per EC, and, depending on your previous education, the Pre-Master's programme for Health Sciences can range from 15-30 EC. Each academic year, the amount per EC will be reassessed. Visit the tuition page for the current fees.
What applies to you?
Do you want to get insights into the Pre-Master's? The programme you need to take depends on your previous or current education. What kind of education do or did you follow?
University of applied sciences (Dutch HBO)
As a bachelor's student from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO), it is mandatory to follow a pre-master's first to prepare you for this Master's. You are taught scientific research skills and you will gain knowledge in health-specific subjects. If you manage to successfully complete this Pre-Master’s within one year, you are able to enrol.
The content of the Pre-Master's depends on your starting date. When are you planning on following the Pre-Master's?
The Pre-Master's is a six-monthly, full-time study programme of 30 EC which you have to complete within one year. You can count on roughly 12 to 15 contact hours per week: the rest is self-study.
You can start the Pre-Master's during your bachelor's as a transfer minor or after obtaining your bachelor’s degree. The content is the same, but the way of enrolling is different.
Admission requirements and how to apply
To be able to enrol in the (Pre-)Master's in Health Sciences, you have to meet certain conditions. For example, your bachelor's should be sufficiently related. Find out more about your admission and application as a HBO student.
Dutch research university
As a bachelor's student at UT or another Dutch research university, you might be admitted into the Master's in Health Sciences under the condition that you complete a Pre-Master's first. This might be the case when your bachelor's is in a (slightly) different field of study than the Master's in Health Sciences.
In general, the Pre-Master's for university students of a related bachelor's consists of 15 EC. The content of the Pre-Master's depends on your starting date. When are you planning on following the Pre-Master's?
If you start your Pre-Master's in February, the content of the programme will be determined on an individual basis and might not be the same for everyone.
During or after your bachelor's
If you have elective space in your current bachelor's, you have the option to follow the Pre-Master's of 15 EC during your bachelor's. It's an option worth considering as it saves you time and money: after all, you have already paid tuition fees for your bachelor's. A second option is to first get your bachelor's degree and then transfer to this Master's via the Pre-Master's.
If you're interested in following the Pre-Master's during your bachelor's, contact the programme coordinator.
Admission requirements and how to apply
To be able to enrol in the (Pre-)Master's in Health Sciences, you have to meet certain conditions. For example, your bachelor's should be sufficiently related. Find out more about your admission and application as a Dutch university student.
As an international university student, you might be admitted into the Master's in Health Sciences under the condition that you complete a Pre-Master's first.
Contents and study load
What the Pre-Master's looks like, depends on your previous education and might not be the same for everyone. Find out if you are eligible first. If the outcome of the admission assessment is that you need to follow a Pre-Master's first, the transfer programme will be tailormade.
What is expected of you?
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 Health Sciences is right for you. Therefore, the following rules apply:
- We ask you to fulfil the requirements of the pre-master’s programme within one year. Since the amount of 30 credits is equivalent to half a year of full-time study, this should not pose a problem.
- You must earn sufficient marks with 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 study programme. That said, in practice, almost all motivated students complete the programme in the allotted time.
For questions about your admission to this Pre-Master's, contact the study adviser mentioned below. For general information about the Master's in Health Sciences, you can contact our Study Information Centre.