Pre-master Globalisation and Development Studies

Pre-master programme

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. If you successfully complete this Pre-master's programme, then you can start on the Master's programme.

Who is the Pre-master's course for?

For admission to the Pre-master's course you must have either a relevant bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or another BA or BSc title that does not grant direct admission into the master's programme. You also have to satisfy the language requirements. The admissions committee of the programme will decide whether you are admitted.

Language requirements English Pre-master

As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 is required for this study programme.

You automatically meet the language requirements for this study programme if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • you have completed a bachelor’s or master’s study programme where the language of instruction is English
  • you have obtained an International or European Baccalaureate, a US high school diploma or UK GCE A-levels
  • you have completed a Dutch-taught programme at a university of applied sciences in the Netherlands (HBO) and are able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English, for example by English taught courses, internships or work experience in an English environment.

If none of these conditions apply, you can submit one of the following language test certificates (minimum scores between brackets). If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application.

  • IELTS (6.5)
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (575)
  • TOEFL Internet test (90)
  • TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310)
  • Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)]
  • or similar accredited certification

Please note that UM can reject your application or set additional requirements if there are reasonable doubts about your English language proficiency.


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Application for and admission to the Pre-master's programme

Registration can be done via Studielink as of 10 October 2018. Application deadlines: Non-EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 May 2019. EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 June 2019. For more info: masteroffice-fasos[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

Documents needed:

  • A copy of your passport or your EU identity card (valid on 1 September 2019)
  • A certified copy of your diploma, including the supplement and associated list of grades*
  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A letter of motivation. In English.
  • Result of your language test, with a satisfactory result (if applicable)

*If you have not yet graduated you can upload your official lists of grades from your bachelor's programme.

Acceptance or rejection to the Pre-master

After the Admission Board has decided on your application, you will receive an email regarding acceptance or rejection to the Pre-master year.
The tuition fee for the pre-master’s programme in 2019/2020 is €2083 for EU and NON-EU students.


Pre-master courses Globalisation and Development studies

The programme is composed of the minor Globalisation and Development and key courses taken from the Bachelor's programmes European Studies and Arts and Culture. You will gain a foundational knowledge in the field of study, get acquainted with problem based learning (PBL). And you will also train skills like speaking in English in public.

The Pre-master year equals 60 ECTS. You have to pass all 60 credits (ECTS) of the Pre-master year in order to be accepted to the master’s programme.  

Semester 1 - 30 ECTS

Semester 2 - 30 ECTS





Skills EUS2509 Research Methods: Introduction to Qualitative Methods



Skills EUS3500 Research Methods: Interviewing 




Power and Democracy



Skills EUS2507 Research Methods: Introduction to Quantitative Methods



Paper MGD3003 Bachelor thesis 12 3

You can find detailed information in the course descriptions of the Bachelor's programmes European Studies and Arts and Culture.