Pre-master programs

You are eligible to be admitted to a pre-master program at TU/e, if you have a relevant Bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education (HBO or WO in the Dutch system). In addition, as of September 2020, you will need to comply with the English proficiency requirements. Also, most pre-master programs require proof that you have mastered a certain level of mathematics. That way, you can be sure that you have the skills needed to successfully complete a pre-master program at TU/e. You can find more information about the individual pre-master programs in the menu on the left.

MATHEMATICS
To be able to successfully complete a pre-master program at TU/e, you must have a sound understanding of mathematics B or T. Therefore, when you apply for a pre-master program, you must provide proof that you have the required minimum level of mathematics: pre-university (VWO) mathematics B or T.

You can do this by:

  • Having a pre-university (VWO) degree that includes mathematics B, or
  • Passing the mathematics B test that is offered by TU/e, or
  • Providing a certificate for Mathematics B or T from one of these external institutes:

If you want to start a pre-master in September, you need to fulfil the requirements by 1 September of that same year. If you start in February, you need to fulfil the requirements by 1 December of the previous year. You cannot start your pre-master if the requirements are not met. In other words: your grade needs to be known before 1 September or 1 December, respectively.

TU/e mathematics B test
The TU/e mathematics B test is provided three times a year: in April, May/June and November. You can choose when you want to take the test. If you fail the test, you can choose to participate again the next time the test is offered. To take the mathematics test at TU/e, you will pay a fee of approx. €80 per test.

More information about registration and practice exams for the mathematics B test offered by TU/e will published on this webpage early next year.

Exceptions
Do you want to apply for a pre-master program at the department of Built Environment or Industrial Design? The mathematics requirements do not apply. However, because a sound level of mathematics is indispensable to successfully complete your education at TU/e, it is strongly recommended to test your knowledge of mathematics before starting these pre-master programs.

Do you want to apply for a pre-master program in Mathematics? More stringent requirements may apply. Please contact the student administration of the Mathematics department for more information.

English
To successfully participate in a TU/e pre-program, you need to have a sound knowledge of the English language. Therefore, you need to provide proof that you have (at least) a pre-university (VWO) level in English by means of:

The costs of obtaining a certificate differ per institute. More information is available on the TOEFL website, the IELTS website or at the British Language Training Centre (BLTC). It is estimated that the costs currently vary between €230 and €350.

Timing
If you want to start a pre-master in September, you need to fulfil the English proficiency requirements by 1 September of that same year. If you start in February, you need to fulfil the requirements by 1 December of the previous year. You cannot start your pre-master if the requirements are not met.

It is up to you to decide where and when you obtain your certificate. Please check the websites mentioned above for available dates.

To conclude
1 September and 1 December are strict time limits. If you cannot comply with the requirements for mathematics and English within these limits, you cannot be admitted to the pre-master program. You will have to wait until the pre-master starts again. Thus, it is advised that you comply with the requirements in a timely manner.

The English and mathematics requirements for the pre-master will be included in the Program and Examination Regulations, starting 2020-2021.