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Pre-Master's programmes Graduate School of Humanities

If your academic Bachelor’s degree or degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) does not grant you (direct) access to the Master’s programme you are looking to do, in many cases you will be able to compensate for your deficiencies by doing a pre-Master’s programme. Students who are doing an academic Bachelor’s programme can also gain access to the Master’s of their choosing by doing a minor.

  • Compensating for deficiencies after your Bachelor’s: pre-Master’s programme

    If you have obtained an academic Bachelor’s degree that does not grant (direct) access to the Master’s of your choosing, you can do a pre-Master’s programme in order to meet the entry requirements. Because of your academic Bachelor’s degree, you will not need to take the two Academic Skills courses (2x6 ECTS) that are normally core elements of our pre-Master’s programmes, which means that your pre-Master’s will comprise 30 ECTS (instead of 42 ECTS).

    A degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) does not grant access to an academic Master’s programme. However, if you obtained an HBO Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, you will in most cases be able to meet the Master’s entry requirements by successfully completing a pre-Master’s programme. By default, pre-Master’s programmes comprise 42 ECTS. The courses Academic Skills and Philosophy of the Humanities are core elements.

    In all cases, you will automatically meet the Master’s entry requirements as long as you successfully complete the pre-Master’s within a year.

    You will find an overview of the Faculty of Humanities’ pre-Master’s programmes below. You can also check out the Master’s of your choosing in order to see whether it offers a pre-Master’s programme.

  • Compensating for deficiencies during your Bachelor’s: minor

    Are you doing an academic Bachelor’s and would you like to do a Master’s programme to which your programme does not automatically grant you (direct) access? You can increase your options in the Master’s phase by doing a minor. In the near future, this page will present you with an overview of minors which, when combined with the completion of an academic Bachelor’s, grant direct access to a Master’s programme. Depending on your personal study plan, other options may also be open to you. Please also visit our list of all of the minors that are offered by the Faculty of Humanities.

    HBO Bachelor’s: influx programme

    In certain cases, you can do an influx programme during your HBO Bachelor’s in order to compensate for your deficiencies, so that you are directly admissible to the Master’s of your choosing after completing your Bachelor’s. This applies in the following cases:

    • Archeologie voor Saxion-studenten (grants access to the Master’s Archaeology)
    • Minor Gebarenwetenschap/Sign Linguistics for students who are doing the programme Leraar/Tolk Nederlandse Gebarentaal at the Hogeschool Utrecht (University of Applied Sciences Utrecht)
    • Language, Literature and Education for students doing the English teacher training programme at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam
    • Militaire geschiedenis for students who completed one of the following programmes before September 2011:
      • Krijgswetenschap (Nederlandse Defensie Academie)
      • Internationale veiligheidsstudies (Koninklijk Instituut van de Marine)
      • Operatiën (Koninklijke Militaire Academie)

    Please note: this list is not yet complete and may be subject to change.

Procedure: enrolment via Studielink

If you need to do a pre-Master’s programme in order to meet the entry requirements of the Master’s of your choosing, you must submit an enrolment application in Studielink for the Master’s programme rather than for the pre-Master’s. The selection committee will assess your prior education, and the Admissions Office will subsequently inform you of the further procedure regarding your enrolment in the pre-Master's.

If you successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme within a year, you will automatically be admitted to the Master’s programme.

Overview pre-Master's programmes

The overview below shows you which pre-Master’s programmes are offered by the Faculty of Humanities, and which (English-taught) Master’s programmes they grant access to. For a complete overview of all pre-Master's programmes, including those in Dutch, check: pre-Master's programmes (in Dutch and English).

American Studies

Grants access to the Master's American Studies.

European Studies

Grants access to the Master's East European Studies; European Policy; and Identity and Integration.

Language, Literature and Education

Grants access to the Master's Language, Literature and Education.

Latin American Studies

Grants access to the Master's Latin American Studies.

Linguistics

Grants access to the Master's General Linguistics; and Language and Society.

Literary Studies

Grants access to the Master's Comparative Literature; English Literature and Culture; and Literature, Culture en Society.

Media Studies

Grants access to the following Master's programmes: Archival and Information Studies; Documentaire en fictie; Film Studies; Journalistiek en media; New Media and Digital Culture; Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image; and Television and Cross-Media Culture.

Theology and Religious Studies

Grants access to the Master's Spirituality and Religion.