Wish to follow the Master's in Psychology? You might need to follow a Pre-Master's first.
After you have sent in your application for the Master's in Psychology, 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.
Please note: to qualify for the (Pre-)Master's in Psychology, you have to meet certain conditions. Find out if you meet the admission requirements.
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.
The Pre-Master's for Psychology is taught entirely in English. The costs of the Pre-Master's depends on the amount of EC of your programme. You pay a fee per EC, and, depending on your previous education, the Pre-Master's programme for Psychology can range from 10-45 EC, with 45 EC being standard for HBO students. Each academic year, the amount per EC will be reassessed. Visit the tuition page for the current fees.
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?
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, several rules apply. In practice, almost all motivated students manage to complete the programme within the given time.
Within the Pre-Master's, a Binding Recommendation ('Bindend Studieadvies' in Dutch) is applicable. This means that if you get a negative Binding Recommendation, you cannot continue with the (Pre-)Master's and you will not be able to start over again. The Binding Recommendation is based on several requirements, including the following ones:
- You must have obtained at least 20 EC of the Pre-Master's within one semester.
- You must have completed the generic academic part of the Pre-Master's (30 EC) within the first year.
- There is a maximum of one resit per course to pass an exam or assignment.
- The preparation module for the specialisation should be successfully completed on the first attempt.
During the introduction period of the Pre-Master's, all requirements will be explained to you in more detail.
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.
For questions about your admission to this Pre-Master's, contact the study adviser (firstname.lastname@example.org). For general information about the Master's in Psychology, you can contact our Study Information Centre.