Pre-master's programmes

Are you a University of Applied Sciences student looking to obtain a university Master's degree? Or is your bachelor’s study insufficient for admission to the master’s programme of your choice? In either case, you can do a pre-master's programme. It will give you the knowledge and skills you need to participate in the master's programme.


Below you will find an overview of the pre-master’s programmes at Maastricht University. They have a maximum length of one academic year (60 ECTS).



For some master's programmes, admission arrangements have been made with higher-education institutions such as Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. Entry requirements may include completing a certain minor during the Applied Sciences bachelor’s or following specific courses, such as statistics, academic writing or methodology.

  Please note:   
​Prospective master’s students who would like to start in September 2020 have been in a state of uncertainty lately. Normally, you can only start a master's programme after you have completed a prerequisite bachelor's programme (and have met a number of other admission requirements). However, completing a bachelor’s programme according to schedule is currently a challenge in some places.

UM fully understands that the coronavirus crisis is affecting everyone. On the basis of this understanding, but above all on the basis of the confidence we have in students, UM has established a policy regarding the requirements for starting a master's programme in September. These rules apply to all students, whether they are following a bachelor's programme at UM or at another university (in the Netherlands or abroad). They also apply to students following a pre-master’s programme at UM or elsewhere.

The decision is as follows:

  • Students can start a pre-master programme in September 2020 if they have obtained at least 80% of the ECTS from the final year of their bachelor's programme (for a 3-year bachelor’s programme, a maximum of 12 ECTS from year 3 may be missing; all ECTS from years 1 and 2 must have already been obtained).
  • For students from a pre-master's programme, the UM master's programme will assess whether the student can start on the basis of the prerequisite knowledge that has already been attained. The 80% standard is a guideline.
  • At the start of the master’s programme, students who have not completed their bachelor’s degree will establish with the programme when their prior education will be completed (in any case, it must be completed during the 2020-21 academic year).
  • The generally applicable admission requirements will remain in force, such as language requirements or that the content of the student’s prior education must be appropriate for the chosen master's programme.

A good match

In case you haven’t made up your mind yet: UM is a great place for students coming from a university of applied sciences. First, because the focus isn’t on lectures, but on collaboration between students.

Under the supervision of a tutor, you team up with ten to fifteen students to tackle real-life challenges. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an active way of learning that gives you better retention of knowledge, enhances your motivation and encourages you to develop skills that are essential for the labour market in the 21st century. In short: PBL is all about you, your tutors are very approachable and you learn together in a dynamic way, helping form you into an assertive professional. 

  Read more about Problem-Based Learning