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Modern Languages (MA)

Pre-master's programme

The pre-master's is a bridging programme for students who have applied for the MA Linguistics, 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 relevant specialization of the Master’s programme.

Diploma requirements

  • For students with an academic Bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to a Dutch wo Bachelor’s degree, who do not meet the requirements as specified for the master’s programme.
  • Students holding a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences [hbo] in one of the modern languages (lower secondary education certificate, tweedegraads).

Applicants with a Dutch university of applied sciences bachelor’s degree (HBO) or those with a comparable degree, can expect, if considered eligible, to be assigned the full 60 EC pre-master programme.

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 2 intakes: September and February.

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, and can have a study load of between 20 EC and 60 EC. 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 “Linguistics pre-master”. The programme prospectus of the pre-master has a yearly update for the upcoming academic year in June.

The premaster is taught in the target language and English.

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

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