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Pre-master guide

When do you need to follow a pre-master programme?

On the master programme webpages you can see if you are directly admissable to a master programme. If you are not, you can usually follow a pre-master programme. Once you have finished your pre-master you are directly admissable to the master. Do you have questions about if you are directly admissable after checking the website? Contact our Study Advice department via study.advice.fss

The pre-master programmes start in September and consist of 60 ECTS (1 year).


The application deadline for the pre-master programmes is August 15. For Real Estate Studies there is a selection procedure for the pre-master programme. There are 12 places available. The application deadline is May 1st.

See below the steps to take if you are interested in a pre-master as a student with a Dutch previous education and a student with an international previous education.

Pre-master guide for students with an international previous education

1. Apply in Studielink for your master of choice at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences
2. Register in the Online Application System (OAS)
3. Our Admission Office will check your application
4. If you are not directly admissable, you will be informed about the pre-master programme

Pre-master guide for students with a Dutch previous education

1. Check if the pre-master programme of your choice is right for you
2. Check if you meet the admission requirements
  • English language requirement:
  • English at VWO (Dutch higher education) level or equivalent to this level, with the subsequent test scores:
    • University of Groningen Language Center Test (minimum of B2 on each section)
    • TOEFL iBT: (minimum overall score 80, reading: 18, listening: 18, speaking: 20, writing: 21)
    • IELTS: 6.0 (minimum if 6.0 on all sections)
    • Cambridge English C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency (CAE or CPE): minimum score of 169
  • If a student is a native English speaker, an exemption can be given by the Admission Board.
  • Contact study.advice.fss for more information about taking the English test. Please apply as soon as possible for the language test. The available spots fill quickly, especially in July.
  • Your weighted average has to be 7,0 or higher (of year 2 until 4 of the Applied Sciences study programme if you have done this)
  • For the additional admission requirements for Real Estate Studies see the selection procedure
3. Apply at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences
  • Fill out the online application form and upload your documents. Please upload all your documents at the same time.
4. Get information about payment Information about payment for the pre-master programme
5 . Get informed about studying at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences See our information page for new pre-master students

Last modified:10 December 2019 10.51 a.m.