Pre-Master's Programme

If you do not meet the entry requirements you might be considered for a Pre-Master's programme. The Pre-Master's programme comprises no more than 60 EC. After you successfully finish this programme you will be admitted to the Master’s.

A Pre-Master's Programme is only available for students with a Dutch educational background who do not need housing, and who do not have or require a residence permit for study purposes. When in doubt about your residence permit, you can send an email to Utrecht University's International Student Admissions, including a copy of both sides of the permit. Do not forget to state clearly that you are referring to a Pre-Master’s programme. 

Do you have a university Bachelor's degree, but do you not comply with the entry requirements?

The Pre-Master's programme generally comprises 30 EC (in some cases the ommittee may decide otherwise).

Check the entry requirements to see if you are eligible for a Pre-Master’s programme. Please note: A Pre-Master's Programme is only available for students with a Dutch educational background who do not need housing, and who do not have or require a residence permit for study purposes. When in doubt about your residence permit, you can send an email to Utrecht University's Admissions Office, including a copy of both sides of the permit. Do not forget to state clearly that you are referring to a Pre-Master’s programme.   

Courses

You may choose one of the following two specialisations of the Bachelor's programme in History:
 

  • Political Conflict in Modern Europe
    In this specialisation we study, among other things, revolutions, Hitler’s and Stalin’s totalitarian regimes, and the historical roots of contemporary populism from an international comparative perspective from the eighteenth century until the present. In this way, you gain in-depth knowledge of the political history of modern Europe, and insight in the most pressing political issues of our times.
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  • The Great Challenges: Crises, Inequality and Sustainability
    In this specialisation you will analyse why some present-day societies have achieved high living standards, accessible educational systems, and healthy environments, while others have failed to do so. You will discover that at the root of long-term developments usually lie choices and decisions made by ordinary men and women trying to create a better future for themselves and their local communities, whilst dealing with adversity and crisis.
 Period 1 Period 2
Period 3 Period 4

You may give your preference for one of the two specialisations, but placement is decided upon by the Bachelor's programme, where regular BA students have priority. 

Please note: the courses above are part of last year's programme and give a good impression, but the content of your programme may differ. 

Do you have a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences?

The Pre-Master's programme generally comprises 60 EC (in some cases the Admissions Committee may decide otherwise). You can do the programme full-time or part-time.  

We offer a Pre-Master's for students who have a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied Sciences which relates to our Master's programme, for example Journalism or Leraar Geschiedenis.

Entry requirements

Check the entry requirements to see if you are eligible for a Pre-Master’s programme. Please note: A Pre-Master's Programme is only available for students with a Dutch educational background who do not need housing, and who do not have or require a residence permit for study purposes. When in doubt about your residence permit, you can send an email to Utrecht University's Admissions Office, including a copy of both sides of the permit. Do not forget to state clearly that you are referring to a Pre-Master’s programme.   

Courses

Full-time

You may choose one of the following two specialisations of the Bachelor's programme in History:
 

  • Political Conflict in Modern Europe
    In this specialisation we study, among other things, revolutions, Hitler’s and Stalin’s totalitarian regimes, and the historical roots of contemporary populism from an international comparative perspective from the eighteenth century until the present. In this way, you gain in-depth knowledge of the political history of modern Europe, and insight in the most pressing political issues of our times.
 Period 1 Period 2
Period 3 Period 4

 

  • The Great Challenges: Crises, Inequality and Sustainability
    In this specialisation you will analyse why some present-day societies have achieved high living standards, accessible educational systems, and healthy environments, while others have failed to do so. You will discover that at the root of long-term developments usually lie choices and decisions made by ordinary men and women trying to create a better future for themselves and their local communities, whilst dealing with adversity and crisis.
 Period 1 Period 2
Period 3 Period 4

You may give your preference for one of the two specialisations, but placement is decided upon by the Bachelor's programme, where regular BA students have priority. 

In addition you take the following courses: 

Please note: the courses above are part of last year's programme and give a good impression, but the content of your programme may differ. 

Part-time

Year 1

Year 2

In period 1 till 3 you will take courses from one of the two following specialisations of the BA History (see the descriptions above):

  • Political Conflict in Modern Europe 
  • The Great Challenges: Crises, Inequality and Sustainability

You will follow the first three courses from the specialisation: the introduction, Research Seminar A and the case course. You may give your preference for one of the two specialisations, but placement is decided upon by the Bachelor's programme, where regular BA students have priority. 

In period 4 you'll write your Bachelor's thesis (level 3).

Please note: the courses above are part of last year's programme and give a good impression, but the content of your programme may differ. 

COSTS

Have a look at the costs of a Pre-Master’s programme (in Dutch). 

Samenwerken bij de UU. Credit: Donna van Rosmalen