Acces and Admission

2.1 The programs at TU/e

TU/e offers three-year Bachelor’s programs and two-year Master’s programs. More information on the education provided within the Bachelor-Master structure can be found in chapter 4. All the following information applies to the initial education given by TU/e, i.e. the Bachelor’s-Master’s programs following pre-university education. However, TU/e also provides post-initial education, which can only be taken after successfully completing a Master’s program. TU/e’s post-initial programs are the programs of TiasNimbas, PhD programs and design programs

For information on the Undergraduate programs within the Bachelor College, see their page.

For information on the Graduate programs, see their page.

The CROHO is a national register of all programs offered by Dutch institutes of higher education and higher professional education. It includes information about whether the program is full-time or part-time. Programs that are not listed in the CROHO are not programs as referred to in the WHW. The CROHO is managed by the DUO.

The structure of the program can be seen in the OER for the program (see also 

TU Eindhoven Honors Academy

The TU/e Honors Academy is designed for Bachelor’s and Master’s students who are looking for – and are able to take on – an additional challenge on top of their regular degree program. The TU/e Honors Academy offers Honors programs for both Bachelor's students and  Master's students. More details on the setup of the programs can be found at

More information on the formal procedure for application, selection, admission and assessment is provided in the OER of the Bachelor’s program for Bachelor’s students, while the Honors regulations for Master’s students are in the annex of the Master’s program OER.

See also  and

Intake via a pre-Master’s program

Higher professional education (HBO) graduates or university Bachelor’s graduates can be admitted to direct-access Master’s programs by taking a pre-Master’s program worth up to 30 credits within the Bachelor’s program at the TU/e. Students with a HBO background must enroll by July 1st at the latest (or December 1st if they intend to begin on February 1st) in order to participate in a pre-Master’s program. Students with a university background must enroll by September 1st at the latest (or December 1st if they intend to begin on February 1st). Between July 1st and September 1st or between December 1st and February 1st students can enroll at the ESA information desk.

There are pre-Master’s programs for all the Master’s degree programs at the TU/e with exception of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Engineering. For these latter programs a tailored program can be offered in exceptional cases. In cooperation with the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the TU/e also offers ‘excellence tracks’, which are designed for excellent HBO students who take extra modules at the TU/e in addition to their HBO program. This enables them to complete all or part of the pre-Master’s program during their HBO program, which will result in a time gain for these students.  

The Admissions Committee for the relevant Master’s program will determine the study load for the pre-Master’s program no later than August 15th (or January 15th in the case of programs beginning on February 1st), so that the fees for the relevant program can be set on the basis of the established program. Pre-Master’s students pay fees according to the number of credits (they no longer pay regular tuition fees).

Students must have completed the pre-Master’s program before beginning a Master’s program. For students who started a pre-Master’s program on or after September 1st, 2012, there was an obligation to complete 75% of this program within one year. This requirement has been tightened as of September 1, 2016. Students who enroll in a pre-Master’s program on or after September 1 must complete 100% of the program within the set term (a maximum of two semesters) If a student fails to do so, he will not be permitted to enroll for the same pre-Master’s program, or another pre-Master’s program relating to the same Bachelor’s program, for a period of three years. 

If a student cannot complete the pre-Master’s program within six months of its initiation and therefore is demonstrably disadvantaged due to the timetabling of the pre-Master’s program, it is possible for the pre-Master’s program to be extended with Master’s program study components to a maximum of 15 credits, if the student has in principle attained 15 credits and the Examination Committee has granted permission for this. The Examination Committee shall assesses whether the timetabling of the pre-Master’s program did not permit for its completion and whether a student has sufficient prior knowledge to take specific Master’s components. Completed Master’s components do not count towards the 75% of the pre-Master’s program that the student must complete within one year. Any Master’s program study components that a student has taken and completed during the pre-Master’s program count as exemptions in the Master’s program. 

More information on pre-Master’s programs and how to enter them can be found at or in the relevant OER for the Master’s program.  

Further information on the programs

Legislation and regulations:

  • Articles 7.3, 7.3a, 7.3b, 7.3c, 7.7 and 7.13 of the WHW
  • Article 7.57i of the WHW 
  • OERs of the individual programs
  • TU/e Administration and Management Regulations




  • Departmental academic advisors
  • ESA, tel.+31 (0)40-2474747,

2.2 Required prior education and additional admission requirements for Bachelor’s programs

2.2.1 Prior education requirements for Bachelor’s programs

Individuals who want to enroll as a student or external student in one of TU/e’s university Bachelor’s programs must meet the following prior education requirements:

a.  VWO (pre-university education) certificate;

b.  HBO (higher professional education) certificate, with a complete propaedeutic exam, propaedeutical phase or final examination;

c.  WO (university education) certificate, with a completed propaedeutic exam, propaedeutical phase or final examination;

d.  a certificate specified by the Minister, issued in the Netherlands or elsewhere, which is considered to be at least equal to a VWO certificate;

e.  a certificate specified by the CvB, issued in the Netherlands or elsewhere, which is at least the equivalent of the VWO certificate in the opinion of the CvB;

f.  possession of an entrance-examination (colloquium doctum) decision.

2.2.2 Requirements for the subject package; deficiencies

The Minister of OCW has specified the profiles on which a VWO diploma must be based for a student to be admitted to a specific Bachelor’s program, as well as the subjects that must have been tested as part of the final VWO examination. For TU/e, this means (on the basis of the VWO profiles available as of August 1st, 2007) that: 

  • the Nature and Technology profile grants unconditional admission to all Bachelor’s programs;
  • the Nature and Health, Economics and Society, and Culture and Society profiles do not grant admission to TU/e Bachelor’s programs, unless the specific prior education requirements, as specified in the appropriate ministerial order, have been met before the start of the program (see ‘Further Information’ section). 

The requirement of a sufficient prior education also applies to holders of a 'certificate' as referred to in 2.2.1 under b through e. They, cannot be enrolled either until the deficiencies have been rectified. 

2.2.3 Knowledge of Dutch and English

Students who have a certificate awarded abroad (in the above-mentioned cases under 2.2.1., d and e), and who wish to enroll for a Bachelor’s program must provide proof that they have sufficient knowledge of the Dutch and/or English languages. The Dutch-language requirement does not apply to the Bachelor’s programs in Architecture, Building & Planning; Data Science; Industrial Design, Computer Science and Engineering (majors: Software Science and Web Science), Electrical Engineering (majors: Electrical Engineering and Automotive), and Innovation Sciences (major: Psychology & Technology and Sustainable Innovation) as they are given in English. 

The programs of Chemical Engineering, Applied Physics, Applied Mathematics, and Mechanical Engineering shall be given in English from the academic year 2017-2018. For admission to an English Bachelor’s program, students must provide evidence that they have sufficient knowledge of English. The requirements for the standard of English are specified in the OER of the Bachelor’s program in question. 

For admission to a Master’s program, students must provide evidence that they have sufficient knowledge of the English language. The requirements for the standard of English are specified in the OER of the Master’s program concerned. The English-language requirements do not apply to the Dutch-taught Master’s degree program in Science Education and Communication. The Master’s program Medical Engineering is partly given in Dutch and partly in English. 

The ESA provides Dutch and English language courses. The use of Dutch or foreign languages in teaching is further elaborated on in Chapter 4, section 4.8.

Further information on mandatory prior education and additional admission requirements for Bachelor’s programs

Legislation and regulations: 

  • Articles 7.24 to 7.29 of the WHW; 
  • Order of the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science of April 3rd, 2014 regarding admission to higher education, Annex A, further requirements for degree programs and academic education;
  • entrance-exam decision (colloquium doctum): see the relevant article in the OERs of the various Bachelor’s degree programs



For more information:

  • Departmental academic advisors
  • ESA/Language Center, tel. +31 (0) (40) (247) 47 47;
  • Central Admissions Committee, tel +31 (0) (40) (247) 47 47

2.3 Admission to the program after the propaedeutic phase

All Bachelor’s programs, as referred to in section 2.1 of this statute, have their own propaedeutic phase. After completion the student can receive a certificate. With regard to binding recommendations on the continuation of studies, it has been determined that a student is permitted to take second-year study components and sit interim examinations if he has received a positive study recommendation, see section 4.7.

Anyone holding a Dutch or foreign diploma that the CvB considers at least equal to the P-examination of a Bachelor’s program can be granted exemption from this examination. 

Further information on admission to programs after the propaedeutic phase


  • Articles 7.30 of the WHW



Information from:

  • Departmental academic advisors
  • ESA, tel. +31 (0)40 247 47 47 ,

2.4 Admission to university teacher-training programs

TU/e offers students the opportunity to qualify as pre-university education (VHO) teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science or O&O. There are two options:

  • students can obtain a limited second level teaching qualification (permission to teach at VMBO, or the first three forms at HAVO or VWO) as part of the Bachelor’s program by successfully completing two cohesive elective packages (worth 30 credits in total), which together constitute the ‘statutory education minor’. The packages as such are widely accessible, but the teaching qualification can only be obtained by students of the Bachelor’s degree subjects specified in the table for education minors drawn up by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). Students can also obtain the second-level teaching qualification after completing such a Bachelor’s program by participating in the so-called ‘education module’. Its contents the same as the ‘statutory education minor’; 
  • a first-level teaching qualification (permission to teach all years in secondary education) is linked to the Master’s degree program in Science Education and Communication (SEC) with the following specializations: VHO teacher of mathematics, VHO teacher of physics, VHO teacher of chemistry, VHO teacher of Computer Science and VHO teacher of O&O. This Master’s program is worth 120 credits with enrollment in September or February, and the first of each month if a Bachelor’s program was completed the TU/e. If the ‘statutory education minor’ was successfully completed then exemptions may be requested.Students can also obtain a declaration of competence (equivalent to a qualification) as transfer students, as participants in the national programs Education TraineeShip (OnderwijsTraineeShip, OTS) or Teach First (Eerst de Klas, EdK), and on the basis of components in the Master’s programs in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Computer Science (educational track).

Entry to the Master’s program in SEC (teacher training) is possible via several routes:

  1. After the Bachelor’s program, the Master’s degree in SEC (teacher training) is directly accessible from the Bachelor’s programs in Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering & Chemistry or Computer Science and Engineering (majors Software Science and Web Science), Industrial Design and Architecture, Building and Planning. Admission is also possible from various other scientific Bachelor’s programs, such as Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences with limited additional subject requirements that can often be met within the SEC Master’s program. 
  2. By including teacher training in the Master’s programs in Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering and Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In this way, students become qualified teachers, but do not receive the SEC Master’s title. 
  3. Through a double degree, in which the Master’s program in SEC (teacher training) is combined with a Master’s subject at TU/e. The TU/e double degree regulations has special different stipulations for combinations with the Master's program in SEC. In addition to the Master’s subject degree, the student is awarded the SEC Master’s title. The total number of credits for a double degree depends on the subject, and is between 150 and 180 credits for the two Master’s programs.
  4. Students who hold a Master’s degree in a technical subject or an exact science can take a condensed program of one year based on EVCs. These students may qualify for exemptions, for example if the 'statutory educational minor' was completed.

Further information on the teacher-training programs
Flexible structure within the educational minor

The program is divided into modules worth 15 credits each that are concluded with a certificate. Students can choose to include one or more modules in their electives or, with the permission of their Examination Committee, in their Bachelor's and/or Master's degree program.


There is a series of financial schemes specifically for students of the teacher training or Master’s programs in education.

Students who first enroll for a teacher-training SEC Master’s program in or after September, 2015, in the areas of Physics, Mathematics or Chemistry may be eligible for additional funding of the costs of study. This additional funding amounts to a single lump sum of €5,000. This allowance is converted into a gift if students attain their first degree qualification within the nominal study term or up to six months after that. The regulation is complicated and has a number of supplementary conditions; please contact the program coordinator for details (

Information on TU/e university teacher-training programs can be obtained from the persons listed below. See also ESOE

Further information on the university teacher-training program

Legislation and regulations:

  • Article 7.30.c of the WHW 

For more information:

  • Eindhoven School of Education, phone no. +31 (0) (40) (247) 30 95
  • Dr H.J.M. Sterk (teacher for Mathematics)
  • Dr L. de Putter-Smits PDEng (teacher for Physics)
  • ir. P.F.A.M. Janssens (teacher for Chemistry)
  • drs. E. Quant (teacher for O&O)
  • C.H.T.A. Brans MSc (coördinator Master's program SEC)

2.5 Master’s program admission requirements

The following admission requirements apply for enrollment in one of the aforementioned Master’s programs: 

  • a degree from the preceding Bachelor’s program; this gives the graduate unconditional admission to one or more Master’s programs within a department. In some cases, the Bachelor’s program must have contained a specific specialization. This has to be mentioned in the OER of the Master’s program in question.
  • students who have not obtained a degree from the preceding Bachelor’s program and are not taking the program, as described under a, need proof of admission, to be granted by the Department Board.

All students must obtain their Bachelor’s degree before starting a Master’s program (this is known in Dutch as the ‘harde knip’, or Bachelor-before-Master rule). Students enrolled in a pre-Master’s program must complete it before they can begin the Master’s program (see also section 2.1, Intake via a pre-Master’s program). The Bachelor-before-Master rule is set out in the relevant OER. 

Based on the provisions in the WHW, the CvB has established TU/e 2016 Regulations for Admission to Master’s Programs, which specify how proof of admission can be obtained. In order to obtain proof of admission, the student must submit a written request to the TU/e.  This must be done before the start of the academic year to which the request applies, unless the CvB decides otherwise. The request must be submitted to the ESA, where administrative procedures relating to the request and the decision on whether to grant it or not will be dealt with. If all the conditions are met, the ESA will issue the proof of admission on behalf of the Department Board.

Proof of admission will be granted if the student meets all the admission requirements for the Master’s program. The requirements are equivalent to the levels of knowledge, insight and skill obtained on completion of the preceding Bachelor’s program.

The proof of admission is valid for a limited period of time. The proof of admission will state the period within which the student must have enrolled for the Master’s program concerned. Foreign students can find more information on registering for a TU/e Master’s program at

Further information on Master’s program admission requirements

Legislation and regulations:

  • Articles - 7.30b, 7.30c, 7.30d and 7.30e of the WHW 
  • TU/e regulations for admission to Master’s programs 2016, approved by the CvB on June 16, 2016

For more information:

  • departmental academic advisors 
  • ESA, tel. +31 (0)40 247 47 47,