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Are you interested in joining the master’s programme in Nanotechnology after you have obtained 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 for higher professional education (hbo) or university bachelor's programme students who wish to obtain a university master's degree but cannot be admitted directly. Students with a related previous education will gain the knowledge and skills needed for participation in the master’s programme. Once you have successfully completed the pre-master's programme, you’ll be granted admission to the master’s programme in Nanotechnology.

As an hbo student you can either start your pre-master’s programme after completing your bachelor’s programme or during your bachelor's programme as a transfer minor.

Start date

You can start the programme in September. After finishing the pre-master's programme you can start the master's programme in February. University students start their master’s programme in consultation with the programme staff.  


HBO students

A pre-Master's programme contains 30 ECTS credits. This is a full-time study programme of one semester with courses in mathematics (12.5 credits) and domain-related courses (17.5 credits). Domain-related courses include Intro Solid State Physics; Molecular spectroscopy; Electricity & Magnetism; and Chemistry and Technology of Inorganic Materials. Students with a background in Chemical Engineering need to take the course in Electricity & Magnetism; students with a background in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics must take the course in Physical Chemistry.


University Students

For university students, the programme and study workload, or the number of credits depends on their previous education and will not be the same for everyone. Pre-Master’s programmes for university students range from 10 to 30 credits.


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


Eligibility for admission to the pre-master's programme in Nanotechnology depends on your previous education. Check out more information on admission for HBO students.

Hbo requirements

Besides addressing any deficiencies in your prior knowledge, the pre-master’s programme is 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 few requirements apply:

  • We ask you to fulfil the requirements of the pre-master’s programme 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.

Pre-master Application route

You can apply for admittance online, see Students who integrate the pre-master’s programme in their programme of a University of Applied Sciences, can apply via kiesopmaat.

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).


For general information please contact our Study Information Desk.

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