Pre-master programs

To apply for a master’s degree program at TU/e you need to have the required level of prior education. Our pre-master programs exist to help students 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.

A pre-master program consists of a maximum of 30 ECTS worth of courses and will take you about 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 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. This program makes it easier to enroll in your preferred master’s degree program.


Before you can start with a pre-master program at TU/e, you need to meet the English proficiency requirements. Most pre-master programs also require confirmation that you have a sound level of mathematics. More information about the English and mathematics requirements is available here.

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 take a look at WisTU/e.

How to apply for a pre-master

Pre-master programs have an unusual status within the Dutch educational system. Although they prepare you for a master’s degree program, they are part of the bachelor’s degree phase for administrative purposes. This means you can apply as follows:

  • Go to Studielink and select the TU/e bachelor’s degree programs.
  • The pre-master programs will appear In the list that follows
  • During the application process, you will see the question ‘Start as?’
  • Choose ‘advanced-year’

The application deadline for a pre-master is 1 May (to start in September) or 1 November (to start in February).


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.