Pre-master programs

To do a master’s degree program at TU/e, you need to have the required prior educational experience. Our pre-master programs exist to help students to make up for any deficiencies between a particular master’s degree program’s entry requirements and their previous Dutch HBO or Dutch bachelor’s degree programs. If you are currently studying at a Dutch HBO and you already know which master’s degree program you want to follow at TU/e, take a look at the HBO TOP minor. That program may make it easier to enroll in your preferred master’s degree program.

Course content 

A pre-master program consists of a maximum of 30 ECTS worth of courses and will take you 6 months to a year. Completing a pre-master program does not give you a bachelor’s degree. Instead, you will receive admission to the matching master’s degree program. If it has been a long time since your last formal mathematics classes, or if you just want to brush up on your math skills before starting your pre-master program, we offer evening classes in basic math and a summer course in Calculus.

Practical information about applying 

Pre-master programs have an unusual status within the Dutch educational system. Although they prepare you for a master’s degree program, they fall under the bachelor’s degree phase for administrative purposes. This has a couple of effects that you need to be aware of when applying. 

Application process 

You need to apply via Studielink. You will find the pre-master programs under bachelor’s degree programs. The 1 May deadline for application applies, the same deadline as for master’s degree programs. (Or 1 November deadline for pre-master programs that start on 1 February.) 

  • During the application process, you will see the question ‘Starts in the first year?’ 
  • Choose ‘no (authorization required)’. 
  • Now you will see a dropdown menu with the pre-master programs. 


For the Dutch student aid system, too, the pre-master programs are officially part of the bachelor’s degree phase. If you apply for financial aid, therefore, you should not mention the pre-master program but the bachelor’s degree program the pre-master courses come from.