Master SC


When a student cannot admitted directly to the S&C 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 finished with a sufficient examination result. The full premaster’s programme must have been finished 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



Homologation (bridging) courses






Individual Project



Compulsory specialization courses


10 or 5

Philosophical and Societal courses


20 or 25




Master’s thesis project



Master’s thesis project (continued)

*) to be discussed with your programme mentor

Starting date

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

 Premaster’s courses

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



Control Engineering



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 Introduction to Technological Research 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.

 Homologation courses (after the premaster’s programme)

Homologation courses (bridging courses) are advanced bachelor courses, that you 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. Some homologation courses are taught in Dutch although more and more courses are taught in English now. In case of a Dutch course, the international student will have to cover the theory in self-study but will receive support from the lecturer regarding exercises and practical work. As an international student, please consult the coordinator international students.


Individual project

The Individual project replaces the internship. 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 Systems & Control program for your Individual Project. All chairs will have a list of available projects, to choose from. The project is placed in the second semester. During the semester, also homologation courses and an elective are programmed. The remaining time can be spent to the project. In case there are too many re-examinations, the project might be postponed but this will lead to some delay while carrying out the programme.

 HBO-minor students

The third year of most HBO-programmes is dedicated to 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 Systems & Control premaster programme. After successful completion of the premaster programme they will return to the HBO-university to finish their HBO-programme with a final project. After having finished their HBO-programme, including our Systems & Control premaster’s programme, these students can be admitted directly to our Systems & Control 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