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Wish to follow the master's in Industrial Design Engineering? Find out if you need to follow a Pre-Master's first.

After you have sent in your application for the Master's in Industrial Design Engineering, a committee will check your eligibility. An outcome of this assessment may be that you first have to complete a pre-master's before you are admitted.

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 and your future master's. Learn more about pre-master's in general

What applies to you?

Do you want to get insights into the Pre-Master's? The type of pre-master's 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 will be taught various scientific skills and your knowledge in engineering and English will be improved. Also, you attend several courses related to engineering. If you manage to successfully complete this Pre-Master’s within one year, you are able to enrol.

    CONTENTS OF PRE-MASTER'S

    Contents for students with an engineering-oriented bachelor’s

    Quartile 1
    September - November

    EC

    Quartile 2
    November - February

    EC

    Design sketching 1

    2.5

    Calculus 1B

    3

    Project Human Product Relations

    7.5

    Product Market Relations

    2

    Introduction to Math + Calculus 1A

    4

    Project Ideation

    2.5

    Academic Research Skills

    4

    Discovery

    2.5



    Graphic Design

    2.5



    Academic Research Skills

    3

    Total of EC

    15


    15,5


    Contents for students with a design-oriented bachelor’s

    Quartile 1
    September - November

    EC

    Quartile 2
    November - February

    EC

    Physical ergonomics

    2

    Calculus 1B

    3

    Project Human Product Relations

    7.5

    Product Market Relations

    2

    Introduction to Math + Calculus 1A

    4

    Project Consumer Products

    8

    Academic Research Skills

    1

    Academic Research Skills

    3

    Total of EC

    14.5


    16

    Study load

    The Pre-Master's is a six-monthly, full-time study programme of 30.5 EC which you have to complete within one year.Also, you need to obtain sufficient marks with a maximum of one resit per course. We expect you to take the Pre-Master's seriously. You can't count on being successful if you approach the Pre-Master's halfway. 

    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 qualify for the (Pre-)Master's in Industrial Design Engineering, you have to meet certain conditions. How you apply, depends on whether you take the Pre-Master's during or after your HBO bachelor's.

    Costs

    You pay a fee per EC and this Pre-Master's is 30 EC. Each academic year, the amount per EC will be reassessed. Visit the tuition page for the current fees.

    If you choose to fit your Pre-Master's into your current HBO bachelor's, you can avoid extra costs; after all, you already pay tuition fees for your current bachelor's.

    Start date

    The Pre-Master's starts every September.

  • Dutch research university (Dutch WO)

    As a bachelor's student of UT or another Dutch research university, you first need to find out if you are directly admissible or you need to follow this Pre-Master's first. This may be necessary if you intend to follow a master's in a slightly different field of study than your current bachelor's.

    Contents and study load of the pre-master's

    Your Pre-Master's is tailor-made, there is no fixed format. The content and study workload (number of EC) depend on previous education and can vastly differ. 

    Basically, the Pre-Master's can take between three months and one year depending on your deficiency courses, the distribution of the EC to be acquired and possible resits that need to be taken. Pre-master’s programmes for university students range between 10-60 EC.

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    As a research university bachelor student, the admission requirements depend on your previous bachelor's or master's. Find out if you meet the admission requirements.

    START DATE

    The start date of your tailor-made Pre-Master's is determined in consultation with the study adviser.

    HOW TO APPLY AND DEADLINES

    If you find out you need to take a pre-master's, you have to sign up for the master's of your choice first. Before starting the application procedure you should always check the application deadlines. Some of our master's have deviant application deadlines.

    COSTS

    To follow a pre-master's you have to pay an amount per EC. The total amount is based on the number of EC’s from your pre-master's. 

  • International education

    As an international student, you first check whether you meet the admission requirements. If so, you need to sign up for the Master's in Industrial Design Engineering, as it is not possible to apply for the Pre-Master’s directly. The admissions committee assesses your enrolment and checks whether your prior education is sufficient to successfully complete the Master's. Perhaps you need this Pre-Master's to enhance prior knowledge. In this case, your Master’s application will be converted into an enrolment for the Pre-Master's in consultation with you.

    Contents, study load and costs

    The content and study load (number of EC) depend on the prior education programme and can vary. To follow the Pre-Master's, you have to pay an amount per EC. The total amount is based on the number of ECs of your Pre-Master's.

    START DATE

    The Pre-Master's starts every September.

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 effective way to find out whether studying at a research university is right for you. Therefore, the following rules apply:

  • You have to complete the Pre-Master’s successfully within one academic year.
  • There is a maximum of two exams per course.
  • If you do not successfully complete the Pre-Master's, it is not possible to start a pre-master's in another programme at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Twente.

Contact

Get in touch with our pre-master's coordinator when you have questions regarding your possibilities to follow a pre-master's.

For general information, please contact our Study Information Centre.

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