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African Studies (MA)

Pre-master's programme

The pre-master's is a bridging programme for students who have applied for the MA African Studies, but who, according to the Board of Admissions, still have deficiencies in their educational background. Once you have completed the pre-master’s programme, you will be admitted to the Master’s programme.

Diploma requirements

  • students with a bachelor’s degree at a university of applied sciences in the field of humanities and/or social sciences, equivalent to the level of a Dutch hbo bachelor’s degree
  • students with an academic bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch WO bachelor’s degree, who do not meet the admission requirement of holding a BA in the Humanities or Social Sciences as mentioned in the master’s diploma requirements.

English language requirements

The English language requirements for a pre-master's programme are identical to the language requirements for the master's programme for which admission has been requested. These requirements must be met before the start of the pre-master.

Application procedure pre-master programme

In order to apply for the pre-master programme, you must first apply for the master’s programme.

After submitting your application for the master programme in Studielink, the Board of Admissions will decide whether you can be directly admitted to the master’s programme, whether you will first need to complete a pre-master’s programme, or if you’re not eligible for either programme because the deficiencies are too extensive.

Students who have been offered a pre-master programme, will find the procedure for the registration into the pre-master programme stated on their admission statement.

Start date

This pre-master offers 1 intake: September. Depending on the individual student’s educational background, the Board can also decide whether a start in February would suit instead.

More information

This pre-master is tailor-made. The Board of Admissions will decide based on your educational background what the pre-master should look like. The pre-master consists of bachelor-level courses and may include an academic skills course and/or a final assignment comparable to a bachelor’s thesis.

For more information on the content of the pre-master programme, see the Prospectus. Search for “African Dynamics”. The programme prospectus of the pre-master has a yearly update for the upcoming academic year in March.

The pre-master is taught in English.

Read more about tuition fees for pre-master programmes here.

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