pre-master's programme

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Wish to follow the Master's in Nanotechnology? Find out if you need to follow a Pre-Master's first.

After you have sent in your application for the Master's in Nanotechnology, 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.

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. Learn more about pre-master's in general

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 at 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 various scientific research skills and your knowledge in mathematics as well as domain-related topics is raised to an academic level. If you manage to successfully complete this Pre-Master’s within one year, you are able to enrol within the Master's in Nanotechnology.


    The content of the Pre-Master's depends on your educational background. 

    Study load

    The Pre-Master's is a one year, full-time study programme of 30 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. Take note that as we have annually only one intake in September for the Master's in Nanotechnology. Hence, you can only start with the Master in NanoTechnology the September after completing your pre-master

    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.


    The Pre-Master's will be taught partly in Dutch and partly in English. The Master's in Nanotechnology is taught entirely in English.

    Admission requirements and how to apply

    To qualify for the (Pre-)Master's in Nanotechnology, 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.


    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.

  • 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.

    Starting date

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

    How to apply and deadline

    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.


    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

    Did you obtain a degree at an international university and are you not directly eligible for this Master's? In some cases, you might be admitted into the Pre-Master's. However, there are some important conditions to take into account. Please contact us for more information. 

    What the Pre-Master's programme will look like for you, depends on your previous education and can vastly differ.

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:


For questions regarding the Pre-Master's or general questions about the Master's in Nanotechnology, you can contact our Study Information Centre.

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