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Premaster's programme

When a student cannot admitted directly to the EE master’s programme, because of prior knowledge problems, sometimes a premaster’s programme can be offered. This will be the case if the admission committee estimates that after such a programme the student will have a good chance for a successful completion of the master’s programme.

A premaster’s programme has a study load of 15EC or 30EC. In most cases a 30EC premaster’s programme will be proposed. In general the programme will be tailor made to fulfil the needs of the individual student. If the admission committee decides to offer a premaster’s programme the student will be informed about the programme during the admission process.


All master’s and premaster’s courses are taught in English.

Admission to the master’s programme

The premaster’s programme has been separated formally from the master’s programme. The student will only be admitted to the master’s programme, if all courses of the premaster’s programme have been completed with a sufficient examination result. The full premaster’s programme must have been completed successfully within a year after the start of the programme. If not, the student will be rejected for admission to the master’s programme. Note that you can only start with the master’s programme after you have completed the premaster’s programme and you have been admitted to the master’s programme. This is according to Dutch legislation (“harde knip”).

Premaster’s programme for Dutch HBO students

For students with a suitable HBO degree (Dutch university of professional education) a fixed premaster’s programme has been formulated. The admission committee may also offer this programme to international students if the programme is suitable for them. In the setup for the Dutch premaster’s programme also the master’s programme has been adapted somewhat. The setup of the programme is as follows:







Premaster’s programme

Max 15

Homologation (bridging) courses

Add to 60

Compulsory specialization courses and electives


30 or 35

Compulsory specialization courses and electives

10 or 5

Philosophical and Societal courses


Individual Project


Master’s thesis project



Master’s thesis project (continued)

Starting date of the premaster’s programme

The premaster’s programme for HBO-students is only available in the autumn semester, starting at September 1st.

Premaster’s courses for HBO-students

The premaster’s programme is carried out during the first semester of the academic year (autumn) and consists of the following courses:




Study load (EC)

Quarter 1




Calculus A



Linear Algebra



Digital Logic and Computer Organization



Linear Systems



Academic Research Skills





Quarter 2




Calculus B



Linear Systems



Electricity & Magnetism HBO



Academic Research Skills








Note that the courses Linear Systems and Academic Research Skills are taught during the whole semester. Linear Systems starts in week 5 of the first quarter.

The course Academic Research Skills teaches the student how to setup and carry out technological research in a systematic way. Topics are:

  • How to formulate a research question
  • Literature search
  • How to formulate a research plan
  • Ethical topics (fraud and plagiarism)
  • Carrying out research
  • Oral and written communication.

Starting the master’s programme

The master’s programme can be started in the beginning of Quarter 3 (February). However this assumes that all examinations of the premaster’s courses have been passed successfully. If one or more examinations have been failed, a resit will be offered in quarter 3. This will delay the start of the master’s programme.

Adaptations of the master’s programme for students from HBO-universities

Homologation courses (after the HBO-premaster’s programme)

Homologation courses (bridging courses) are advanced bachelor courses, that you may have to follow after your premaster’s programme. Formally they are part of the master’s programme and as such they are included in the 120 EC study load of the programme. The courses depend on the chosen specialization and will be selected by the programme mentor of your master specialisation.

Individual project

The Individual project (10EC) will replace the internship in case the student is from a Dutch HBO-university. It serves as a preparation for the master’s thesis. During the project attention is given to the following aspects:

  • Describing the assignment, the problem(s) and the framework of the project
  • Looking for theoretical support for solutions, opinions and statements.
  • Motivating choices, while solving a problem
  • Distinguishing main and side issues
  • Planning your work
  • Reporting orally and in written form about your work.You can choose a chair which participates in the Electrical Engineering program for your Individual Project. All chairs will have a list of available projects, to choose from. The project is placed in the second year (see above).

HBO-minor students

During the third or the fourth year of most HBO-programmes the possibility is offered for a minor-programme that can be chosen by the student. For students, following a suitable HBO-programme it is possible to spend this period to take the Electrical Engineering premaster programme. After successful completion of the premaster programme they will return to the HBO-university to complete their HBO-programme with a final project. After having finished their HBO-programme, including our Electrical Engineering premaster’s programme, these students can be admitted directly to our Electrical Engineering master’s programme.

If you carry out our premaster’s programme within an HBO minor-programme, the same conditions will apply for admission to the master’s programme. Of course an additional condition for admission to the master’s programme is that you will have received your HBO-degree.

Coordinator premaster’s programme

Dr. M.J. Korsten

Zilverling room 1022