Pre-Master's Programme

This Master's programme admits students based on the following requirements:

  • motivation, talent and learning ability;
  • level of knowledge and general and research skills in the relevant field;
  • general academic level of thinking and working;
  • command of the language or languages of instruction.

We will also assess whether you are capable of completing the Master's programme within the set period. If deficiencies are found with regard to the required knowledge and skills, which can be remedied with a course load of max 30 EC, you first must successfully finish a pre-master's programme before you can start this Master’s programme. The Admissions Committee will determine which courses are required in your specific case. Read more about the fees for a pre-master's programme.

Please note: a pre-master's programme is composed of courses from the bachelor programme which are taught and examined in Dutch. 

What if you have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology or another non-technical area?

Many students who have a Bachelor’s degree in a non-technical area (e.g., psychology) contact us to enquire how to adhere to the admission requirements for technical courses. This always needs to be tailored to individual students’ backgrounds. However, in the past, we have advised students in psychology to take the following courses to obtain some general background in AI, logics and programming. The courses and codes are the names and codes of (Dutch-language) courses in Utrecht:

  • A general introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Kunstmatige Intelligentie (INFOB2KI, teaching period 2) or Intelligente systemin (INFOB3IS, teaching period 2)
  • A general introduction to formal logic such as: Inleiding Logica (KI1V13001, teaching period 1) or Logica voor Informatica (INFOB1LI, teaching period 2)
  • A general introduction to programming, such as: Imperatief Programmeren (INFOIMP, teaching period 1, time slot D) or Modelleren en Programmeren (KI1V13009, teaching period 2, time slot D)
  • A math course to cover mathematical foundations of Artificial Intelligence: Wiskunde voor KI (KI1V13005, teaching period 2)

You can find information on these courses in Utrecht in Osiris (only available in Dutch; type in the course codes).

You can either take these courses in Utrecht as Pre-Master’s programme or during your Dutch Bachelor’s degree, or see whether you can take equivalent courses at your home university. When in doubt, please contact us.

Please note: 
The Pre-Master's Programme is only available for:

  • Dutch students
  • Non-Dutch students with a Dutch educational background who do not need housing, and who do not have or require a residence permit for study purposes
  • Refugee students with a Dutch residence permit or a W-document who do not need housing

When in doubt about your residence permit, you can send an email to Utrecht University's International Student Admissions (ISA), including a copy of both sides of the permit. Please state clearly that you are inquiring about a Pre-Master’s programme.