pre-master's programme

Are you interested in joining the Master’s programme in Nanotechnology upon completion of your Bachelor’s degree? In a number of cases you might be required to complete a pre-Master’s programme first.

What is a pre-Master's programme?

The pre-Master's programme is a transfer and bridging programme in which you will gain the knowledge and skills needed for successful participation in the Master’s. Once you’ve completed the pre-Master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the Master’s programme in Nanotechnology in which the standard 15-credit internship is replaced with a number of courses to broaden your knowledge.

As a hbo student you can start on the pre-Master’s after completing your Bachelor’s degree or during your Bachelor's degree as a transferminor.


A pre-Master's programme contains 30 credits. This is a fulltime study programme of one semester with courses in mathematics (13 EC) and domain-related courses (17.5 EC).

Mathematics: Calculus A + B + C, Linear Algebra A

Domain related: Intro Solid State Physics; Molecular spectroscopy; Electricity & Magnetism; Chem. and technology of anorganic materials


The pre-Master’s courses will be partly in Dutch and partly in English. The Master’s programme itself is taught entirely in English.


You can start the programme in September. After finishing the pre-Master's programme you can enter in September in the Master's programme.

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 Nanotechnology 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 one re-sit per course. This means you need to take the pre-Master’s programme seriously.
  • You cannot expect to be successful in the pre-Master’s programme 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.


If you will be eligible for admission to the pre-Master's programme in Nanotechnology depends on your previous education. More information on admission.


For general information requests please contact our Study Information Desk.

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