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Pre-Master's programmes

Would you like to do a master but you don’t meet the requirements for direct entry?

No need to worry. That is what our Pre-Master's programmes are for.

Pre-Master's programmes are designed to help you enter one of FEB Master's programmes when you have certain deficiencies in your academic background. Once you have successfully completed the Pre-Master, you can enroll in the corresponding Master's programme without any trouble.

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Pre-Master's programmes

Most (HBO) students apply for Standard Pre-Master programme. This programme is the main route to enter a majority of our Master's programmes. Find out more about the difference between HBO and University.

The standard Pre-Master's programmes start in September and take one year (60 EC). We also offer non-standard and tailor-made Pre-Master's programme. Please read carefully the conditions and entry requirements for these programmes.

Choose a Pre-Master's programme

Standard Pre-Master

  • Pre-MSc Accountancy and Controlling
  • Pre-MSc BA Change Management
  • Pre-MSc BA Health
  • Pre-MSc BA Management Accounting and Control
  • Pre-MSc BA Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Pre-MSc BA Strategic Innovation Management
  • Pre-MSc Economic Development and Globalization
  • Pre-MSc Finance
  • Pre-MSc Human Resource Management
  • Pre-MSc International Business & Management
  • Pre-MSc International Financial Management
  • Pre-MSc Marketing
  • Pre-MSc Supply Chain Management
  • Pre-MSc Technology and Operations Management

Non-standard Pre-Master

Tailor-made Pre-Master

* From September 2020, the Pre-MSc Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies will be offered as a non-standard Pre-Master's programme. Please note that entering the Pre-MSc EORAS with an HBO degree and a BSc Bedrijfskunde (Business Administration) or a BSc International Business from University of Groningen is not possible.

Structure of standard Pre-Master

Each standard Pre-Master programme is structured as described in the table below.

Period Course EC
1.1 Mathematics * 5
Master specific courses 10
1.2 Business Research Methods * 10
Master specific courses 5
2.1 Research paper 5
Master specific courses 10
2.2 Research paper 5
Master specific courses 10

*  The courses Mathematics and Business Research Methods are required to enter the Research Paper. Go to course catalogue.

Mathematics

A lot of students in the Pre-Master have difficulties with the course in Mathematics. This means you need a sufficient level of mathematics before you start in the pre-Master. You can check your level of mathematics online (login: gaststudent; password: hbo).


EC Rules for Pre-Master

60 EC after one year
After one year, if you have passed all the courses of the pre-Master, you are automatically admitted to the Master's programme.

50 EC after one year
After one year, if you have completed at least 50 EC of the Pre-Master - including the compulsory courses Mathematics and Business Research Methods - you cannot start the Master's programme. However, you can get an extension for the Pre-Master of maximum one year. In that year you have to complete the remaining EC's of the Pre-Master programme, after which you are admitted to the Master's programme.

Less than 50 EC
After one year, if you have not completed at least 50 EC of the Pre-Master's programme, you have failed the Pre-Master programme. Admission to our pre-Master programme is valid for only one year and you can enter only once. You cannot continue in the Pre-Master and you cannot proceed to the Master's programme. If you wish, you can enter the regular Bachelor of Science programme (most of the times with exemptions).

Admission requirements

With a HBO diploma

The admission requirements for our Pre-Master's programmes have become less restrictive. If you have an NVAO accredited HBO degree (240 EC) you can enter our Pre-Master's programmes. However, your Pre-Master year might be more demanding. Of course, this all depends on your motivation to succeed. You determine your own study success.

Please note that entering the standard Pre-MSc Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies with an HBO degree and a BSc Bedrijfskunde and BSc International Business from UG is not possible.

With a WO diploma

If you have a Business or Economics related university (WO) degree, please check the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) whether or not you are directly admissible to a Master's programme.

With a non-Dutch diploma

English language requirements: our Pre-Master programmes are entirely in English. Your level of English must be sufficient to study successfully. We accept the following test results: IELTS 6.0 overall (Speaking 6, Writing 5.5); TOEFL iBT 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 20); or C1 Advanced (Cambridge Advanced), and University of Groningen Language Center Test with minimum of B2 on all items.

How to apply

The Pre-Master's programmes only start in September. Depending on your previous education and the Pre-Master you decide to apply, you need to follow the following steps:

Students with a Dutch diploma

In order to apply for the standard Pre-Master's programmes you need to register in Studielink. Please note that the name of the Pre-Master programme in Studielink might differ from the name of the Pre-Master you decided to follow. See below which programme you need to register for in Studielink:

  • Pre-MSc A&C (HBO-AC), choose: Business administration, pre-master accountancy and controlling (for hbo-ac), 30 EC (English taught)
  • Pre-MSc A&C (HBO-BE & General Programme), choose: Business administration (pre-master English taught)
  • Pre-MSc programmes BA (all profiles), HRM, Marketing, SCM or TOM, choose: Business administration (pre-master English taught)
  • Pre-MSc programmes Finance or Economic Development & Globalization, choose: Economie en bedrijfseconomie (pre-master, English taught)
  • Pre-MSc Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies, choose: Econometrie & operationele research (pre-master, English taught)
  • Pre-MSc programmes IB&M or IFM, choose: International business (pre-master, English taught)

Please read the instructions for your registration in Studielink very carefully and follow the steps precisely.

For the non-standard, tailormade Pre-Master's programmes and applicants with a WO diploma, you need to register in Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS). Please note that for these programmes, you are required firstly to register for the Master's programme of your choice. If you do not meet the requirements for direct admission, the Admissions Board will check your application in order to determine whether a Pre-Master programme can be offered.

Deadlines

The application deadline for students who have a HBO diploma is 1 July.

The application deadline for students who have a WO diploma is 1 July. This applies to the Pre-MSc Accountancy and Controling and (standard) English Pre-MSc (including Pre-MSc Econometrics, Operations Research and Actuarial Studies).

The application deadline for the tailor-made Pre-MSc Ecomics for students with a WO diploma is 1 June.

Students with a non-Dutch diploma

For applicants with a non-Dutch diploma, it is not possible to apply for the Pre-Master's programmes directly. You have to apply for a regular Master's programme at the Faculty of Economics and Business*.  
*If you have obtained a bachelor diploma from a university in a non-EU/EEA country, a sufficient GMAT/GRE score will have to be uploaded in order for the Admissions office to start processing your application for a Master's programme.

If your credentials and educational background are insufficient for direct admission into the Master's programme, the Admissions Office will check your application in order to determine whether a Pre-Master programme can be offered.  

To apply for a Master's programme, you need to register online on Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS). For more information on the application steps, see How to apply.

Deadlines

The application deadline is 1 June.



Please read more about tuition fees here.

Georgi Dosev (Pre-Master Finance, Bulgaria)
Georgi Dosev (Pre-Master Finance, Bulgaria)
"I decided to do my Pre-Master at the University of Groningen due to the level of education, the international accreditations and the city itself. I think the Pre-Master is very comprehensive and detailed, a good preparation for ​my Master's next year. I find the teaching style very structured and that helps me a lot to manage all the study workload. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, I joined the Risk study association, where I learned so much about investing and managing assets."
Last modified:02 June 2020 4.26 p.m.