Pre-master's Programme

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Mechanical Engineering

Are you interested in joining the master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering after you have obtained your bachelor’s degree? If so, you may be required to complete a pre-master’s programme first.

Students with an international bachelor degree can only apply directly for the master's programme and do not have the possibility to participate in a pre-master's programme.  

What is a pre-Master's programme?

The pre-master's programme is a transfer and bridging programme for higher professional education (‘hbo’ in Dutch) or university education bachelor's programme students who wish to obtain a university master's degree, but who cannot be admitted directly. Once you have successfully completed the pre-master's programme, you will be granted admission to the master’s programme of Mechanical Engineering.

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.

Pre-master's goal

The pre-master’s goal is to prepare you for the master’s programme. This means you will be taught various scientific skills and your skills in mathematics will be improved. You will also attend several courses related to mechanical engineering. If you manage to successfully complete the pre-master’s within one year, you will be able to enrol in one of these two master's programmes. After obtaining your master’s degree, you will be a mechanical engineer capable of taking the role of an engineering specialist or integrator and be able to serve as a team leader.

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

The pre-master's programme starts every September. After successfully completing the pre-master programme you can directly enter the master's programme.
Students doing their pre-master’s as part of their University of Applied Sciences degree (transfer minor/'Kies op maat') can enter the master’s programme in February or September after finishing their University of Applied Sciences bachelor's programme. 

Whether you are a University of Applied Sciences student or a university student, you can start the pre-master's programme during your bachelor's programme as a minor or after obtaining your bachelor’s degree.


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.


The pre-master’s programme is designed for students who have the motivation and capacities to obtain an academic degree from an English-taught master’s programme Mechanical Engineering. If you will be eligible for admission to the pre-master's programme depends on your previous education.

Requirements for Dutch students

International students

Students with an international bachelor’s degree can only apply for the master’s programme directly and do not have the option of participating in a pre-master's programme. 

More information on admission

Rules of the pre-Master’s programme

The pre-master’s programme 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:

Pre-Master application route

The application process for the pre-master's programme depends on your personal situation (application during or after your bachelor's programme) 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 programme during a hbo bachelor's programme – the so-called transfer minor – the deadline is earlier than the deadline for a pre-master's programme after the hbo programme.


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.

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