Bachelor-before-master rule

All Dutch universities use the so-called bachelor-before-master rule. This means that you first have to completely finish a bachelor’s program or transition program before starting with a master’s degree program. 

Temporary adjustment bachelor-before-master rule

Because of the coronavirus, there was a temporary adjustment of the bachelor-before-master rule for students who started a pre-master's program or master's program as of September 2021. To be granted this adjustment, you had to meet a number of conditions.

For the 2022/2023 academic year, an adjustment applies again. On this page you can read what the conditions are.  

Moments of starting a master’s degree program 

All TU/e master’s degree programs have at least two starting moments for external students; at the beginning of the first and second semester. You could start with your master’s degree in September or February.   

Are you finishing a bachelor’s program or transition program at TU/e? Then you can register every month, as soon as you have graduated from your bachelor’s program.