'Harde knip'

On September 1st, 2012, the TU/e will introduce the ‘harde knip’ system. Under this system, you will not be able to start a Master’s program until you have completed your Bachelor’s program. HBO and transition students will have to complete their transition program before starting their Master’s.

The ‘harde knip’ system is a consequence of the introduction of the Bachelor’s-Master’s structure in 2002. Since then, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs have been separate programs with their own admission criteria and end requirements.

Who falls under the ‘harde knip’?
The ‘harde knip’ system applies to all students who want to start a Master’s program at the TU/e on or after September 1st, 2012. That includes students who are already enrolled and who will not yet have started their Master’s program on September 1st, 2012.

Current system will no longer apply
The current system will no longer apply after the introduction of the ‘harde knip’. That means that Bachelor’s students who have obtained 150 credits or more will no longer be able to start the Master’s program. The rule that transition students can enroll in the Master’s program during their transition program will also no longer apply.

Starting dates
From September 2012, it will be possible to start the Master’s program on at least two dates:: the beginning of the first semester (September) and the beginning of the second semester (February). Some Master’s programs start four times a year, at the beginning of each quartile. You can find more information on the programs’ own sites. If you have not completed all components of your Bachelor’s program, you can start your Master’s program a semester later, but not earlier. Under this system, you can only follow the Master’s program and take Master’s examinations if you have been admitted to the Master’s program concerned.