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Pre-Master’s programme

Engels (Educatie en communicatie)

This pre-Master's programme is taught in English and is aimed at students with a degree from a University of Applied Sciences (such as Dutch HBO) in English. It grants access to the Master's Engels (Educatie en communicatie), which is taught in Dutch.

If you successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme within a year, you will automatically be admitted to the Master’s Music Studies. However, you do need to complete the programme within one year, as you cannot start the Master's without fully meeting the entry requirements. After completing the pre-Master's programme you will not receive a diploma or certificate.


Please note: If you have obtained an academic Bachelor’s degree, you do not need to take the two Academic Skills courses (2 x 6 ECTS), which means that the programme will comprise 30 ECTS instead of 42 ECTS. Below you see the programme of the current academic year; the courses in the coming academic year may differ slightly. The Course Catalogue for the new academic year will be published in May.

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  • English Literature 4: Literary Theory
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  • English Linguistics 2: English and Englishes
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  • English Linguistics 5: Language in Society (pre-master)
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  • English Linguistics 3: Language in Use
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  • English Literature 5: Modern and Contemporary Literature
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UvA Course Catalogue: pre-Master's Engels (Educatie en communicatie)

Procedure: register via Studielink

  1. Check the application deadline
    As you must first submit an application for the Master's programme, the application deadline of the Master's programme applies. This is 15 May for students with a Dutch or EEA nationality, and 1 March for students with a non-EEA nationality.
  2. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the Master’s Educatie en Communicatie in de Taal- en Cultuurwetenschappen​
    You cannot enrol directly in the pre-Master’s, but you must follow the application procedure for the Master’s programme. Please complete all of the steps of the application process, including the application in MyInfo and the submission of all of the required application documents. This will ensure that you can automatically be admitted to the Master's in the following academic year.
  3. Wait for the admission decision
    The selection committee will assess your prior education. If you are able to meet the entry requirements for the Master’s by completing the pre-Master’s programme, you will receive a rejection for the Master's and a positive decision for the pre-Master’s.
  4. Submit an enrolment request in Studielink for the pre-Master’s English Language and Culture
    Only after you have been (conditionally) admitted to the pre-Master’s do you register for the pre-Master’s English Language and Culture in Studielink. If you successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme within a year, you will automatically be admitted to the Master’s Engels (Educatie en communicatie). 


The tuition fee rate for a pre-Master’s programme in the academic year 2023-2024 is €38.56 per ECTS, with a maximum of €2,314. This means that for a 42 ECTS pre-Master’s programme, the fee is €1,620; for a 30 ECTS programme, the fee is €1,157.

More information

Dr J. (Jeroen) Jansen

Faculty of Humanities

Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Letterkunde

Facts & Figures
Mode Full-time
Credits 30/42 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission University of applied sciences degree (HBO), Academic/research university degree (WO)
Starts in September