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.

You can find more information on the rules for enrolment that are relevant for you on the webpage of your study programme.

Admission requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

Enrolment before completing prior education (zachte knip)

If your study progress in the academic year 2021-2022 was not sufficient to complete your previous (bachelor’s) programme on time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will also be given the opportunity to conditionally start your pre-master's programme at UM in academic year 2022/2023 (for both a study start in September and in February).

This means that even if you have not yet completed your bachelor's programme, you can still start your pre-master's programme conditionally in academic year 2022/2023.

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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