Mechanical Engineering

The pre-Master's programme is a transfer and bridging programme for higher professional education (hbo) or university education Bachelor's programme students who wish to obtain a university Master's degree, but who cannot be admitted directly. Students with an international Bachelor's degree can only apply directly for the Master's programme and do not have the possibility to participate in a pre-Master's programme. Once you’ve successfully completed the pre-Master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s programme of Mechanical Engineering.

As a University of Applied Sciences (hbo) student as well as a university student you can start on the pre-Master's during your Bachelor's degree as a minor (transfer minor/'Kies op maat') or after completing your Bachelor’s degree.

Start Date

Start date of the pre-Master's programme will be in September. After finishing you can enter directly in the Master's programme. Minor students can enter the Master's in February or September after finishing the pre-Master's programme.


For hbo students

A pre-Master's programme contains 30 credits.  This is a fulltime study programme of one semester and contains the following courses:


Course code

Quartile 1: September-November


Calculus A

5    EC


Linear Algebra

3    EC


System Analysis

4    EC


Academic Research Skills

3    EC


Quartile 2: November-February


Calculus B

3    EC



2,5 EC


Engineering Thermodynamics

3    EC


Elasticity Theory

2    EC


Academic Research Skills (continued)

4,5 EC



30 EC


for university students

The study workload, or number of EC the pre-Master’s programme for Dutch university students consists of, depends on your previous education and will not be the same for everyone. Pre-Master’s programmes for Dutch university students range between 15-60 EC.


The pre-Master's programme is taught in English.


If you will be eligible for admission to the pre-Master's programme in Mechanical Engineering depends on your previous education. Check the transfermatrix to see which Master’s programmes are accessible with your Bachelor’s programme or contact the pre-Master coordinator or find more information on admission.

You will be admitted to the Master's programme if you complete the pre-Master within one year.


For general information requests please contact our Study Information Desk.
For questions regarding the pre-Master's Mechanical Engineering contact the pre-Master coordinator the pre-Master coordinator Joyce Kemna

More info

Read more about our pre-Master's programmes.

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