Pre-master's programme

The Psychology pre-Master’s programme is for students who want to do our Master’s programme in Psychology after having obtained either a university Bachelor’s degree in another field, or a psychology-related Bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences (‘hbo’ in Dutch).

If you are graduating from a university of applied sciences, we advise you only to sign up for the Psychology (pre-)Master’s if you are among the top students in your course (with an average grade of 7.0 or higher). In addition to that, it is important that you are motivated to gain deeper knowledge and to learn to think scientifically.

If you have a psychology-related degree from a university of applied sciences, or a university Bachelor’s degree in some other field, you can use the pre-master to gain the knowledge and skills you will need to successfully transfer to the Psychology Master’s. For example, you will need knowledge of basic psychology and of conducting research in the field of social sciences. Without this knowledge, you will not be able to start out in the Psychology Master´s. 

You can do the pre-Master’s programme after completing your other programme, but you may also be able to incorporate it in your current programme as a transfer minor.

Start Date

There are two terms of enrolment. You can start either in September or February.

Courses Pre-master's programme

The pre-master's programme aims to provide students, who have at least a (research) university bachelor's degree or a related HBO (university of applied sciences) (168SP / 240EC) degree, with the theoretical psychological basis and the design and research skills that qualifies them for studying in the Master of Psychology.

The content of the pre-master’s programme

The pre-master's programme Psychology consists of a generic / academic part (30 EC), a module that prepares for the specific master’s specialization (15 EC) (admissibility depending on previous education) and a tutorial package (so called ‘zelfstudie deel’) with written test (0 EC, study load approximately 5EC) in the summer (holiday).

Generic / academic part (30 EC)

The generic part consists of methods and statistics courses, research and design courses and an orientation to the Psychology disciplines. This generic component which is offered twice a year is the first part of the pre-master. Students start with this part on September 1 or on February 1st. The generic part is as follows:

Professional ethics/Beroepsethiek (192993100)

Besides these courses the student has to finish the obligatory component Professional ethics (192993100, 0EC). This module, the student can autonomously finish by enrolling for the course in Osiris. After that the course will be visible in Blackboard and the student can follow the instructions.

Module that prepares for the master’s specialization (15 EC)

The second part of the pre-master consists of a module to prepare for the (elected) master’s specialization. Students follow a 15EC (full-time) module (from the BSc program) in block 1A or 1B. Whether a student is admitted to a particular module (and the accompanying specialization) depends on the previous education of the student. This part of the pre-master’s programme is offered only once a year: in semester 1.

More information about rules and regulations of education in modules is available in the UT Bachelor's OER 2016-2017.

Written test based on self-education (study load 4 to 5 EC) (in summer)

Prior to the 15EC module, the student has to successfully complete a written test in the summer (holiday) (preparation based on self-education). This self-education takes the form of knowledge gathering around one of the basic disciplines of psychology, which is relevant to the (chosen) master’s specialization. Some of the students for instance gather knowledge in the field of social psychology, and other students gather knowledge in the field of cognitive psychology.

Schematic overview of the pre-master's programme

Schematically the complete pre-master's program is as follows:

Please note that the above sequence of pre-master components is obligatory.


The pre-master’s programme is taught in English (except for the written test in the summer (in Dutch)).


The Master’s programme is offered on a full-time basis, with a study load of about 40 hours per week. We do not offer evening or weekend courses. The pre-Master’s programme involves courses on three or four days per week, and two to eight hours of classes on any given day.

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 efficient way to find out whether studying at a research university in the field of Psychology is right for you. To this end, in the pre-master Psychology programme several rules, as a Binding Recommendation (Bindend Studieadvies), are applicable. In case of a negative binding recommendation (e.g. the student does not meet (one or more of) the requirements as listed below) the student will be excluded from further following courses (this means that the pre-master is terminated) and is no longer entitled to enroll in the pre-master and master’s programme Psychology at the University of Twente .

The following rules/requirements apply in the pre-master Psychology (and transfer minor):

- Within a period of two blocks/quartiles (one semester) the student must have obtained at least 20EC of the pre-master’s programme. Possible exemptions granted are not included in the EC’s to be gained. If the student does not meet this requirement the student is excluded from further following courses (with which the pre-master is terminated).

- Within a period of four blocks/quartiles (the first year) the student is required to have successfully completed the generic / academic part of the pre-master (30EC). If the student does not finish the 30EC generic part within four blocks/quartiles the student is excluded from further following courses (with which the pre-master is terminated).

- The student can attempt for a pre-master's course at an exam / assignment up to a maximum of two times. Students who, after the second exam attempt, have not passed one (or more) pre-master's course(s), are excluded from further following courses (with which the pre-master is terminated).

- To be allowed to start the 'Pre-Master Research Practical’ course (in the second block/quartile) a minimum grade of 5 needs to be achieved for the course "Research Methodology and Descriptive Statistics' and the course "Academic Writing" needs to be successfully completed. When a student does not successfully complete the ‘academic writing’ course in the first attempt/block, then the opportunity of an early second/re- exam attempt (at the beginning of the second block/quartile) is offered. When this early re-exam is successful, it is possible to take the ‘Pre-Master Research Practical’ course in the second block/quartile (without study delay). 

- To be allowed to start with the (15EC) module in preparation for the master’s specialization, the:

- (Written) exam (‘zelfstudie’ part) in summer must be successfully completed (grade 6). A re-examination of this written test (in summer) is (only) possible when the student attended the first opportunity and achieved a minimum grade of 4,0.

- entire generic / academic part of the pre-master (30 EC) must be successfully completed.

- The module in preparation for the master's specialization must be achieved at the first attempt (under predetermined conditions repair of a part of the module is possible).

Note: The above rules apply also to students who are taking the transfer minor.


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


If you have any questions, please contact our Study Information Centre or send an e-mail to our studyadvisor ( 

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