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Computer Science (Transferminor/doorstroomminor)

This minor is meant for students from Universities of Applied Sciences who would like to continue their education with an academic Master’s programme in Computer Science. If you have finished the minor successfully, you can be directly admitted to the Master’s programme after graduation from your Bachelor’s programme.


The following subjects are covered:

  • Academic Research Skills with emphasis on formulating a proposal, carrying out the research and writing a scientific article in the area of computer systems, information systems, network systems or software engineering.
  • Calculus
  • Statistics and probability theory
  • Linear algebra
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Algorithms and data structures

The main learning objective of the programme is to lay a sound theoretical foundation under the practical knowledge that you already obtained during your Bachelor’s programme.

Aanvullende informatie

The language of instruction and assessment is English.

N.B. The learning agreement signed by the student and his Examination Board must have reached the UT-contactperson before the enrollment ends. Please also attach your most recent transcript of records.


This minor aims to attract students from Universities of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have the adequate motivation and capacities to complete an English-taught degree programme on university level.

The minor is open to students from related programmes such as technische informatica (technical computer science), Informatica (computer science), telematica (telematics), HBO ICT, and in some casesembedded systems and elektrotechniek (electrical engineering). In order to determine whether your current studies is sufficiently related to Computer Science, please check: and the website of Computer Science.

For those students whose current bachelor’s studies involves a non-related programme, admission is determined on an individual basis by the Admission Board.

In addition, the University of Twente assumes that students who start this transfer minor possess sufficient prior knowledge in mathematics (preferably Wiskunde B on so-called VWO-level) and that they are sufficiently proficient in English (benchmark score in this regard: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80). Students are supposed to assess themselves whether their competencies in this respect match with the recommended levels. Additional knowledge can be obtained by e.g. Babel en Boswell Bèta or Open Universiteit (or for Saxion students by following a preparatory course in math at Saxion).

Considering the programme of the minor you may realize that these requirements are related firmly to its contents: if you don’t meet the requirements, your chances of finishing the minor programme are low.

You need to have completed 120 EEs from the first two years of your current related bachelor’s studies before starting this transfer minor.  Please send with your signed Learning agreement a grading list containing all your bachelor courses with the obtained marks.


Calculus A (5 EC) written exam

Linear Algebra (3 EC) written exam

Discrete mathematics and introduction to mathematics (4 EC) 2 written exams

Statistics and probability theory (3 EC) written exam

Algorithms and data structures (5 EC) written exam

Academic Research Skills (10 EC) assignments and presentation: research proposal, scientific article, presentation

More information:


- Calculus A: Thomas’ Calculus. New International Edition, ISBN 9781783991587

- Academic skills: Practical Research: planning & design. ISBN-13: 9781292021171

- Discrete math: Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics and its Applications (5e edition) van Ralph P. Grimaldi ISBN 0-321-21103-0 (paperback), 0-201-72634-3 (hardcover)

- Reader Introduction to Mathematics (Available at the Union Shop)
- Reader Linear Algebra (Available at the Union Shop)
- Reader Probability Theory and Statistics (Available at the Union Shop)

Note. These books are based on the course contents of 2019-2020. The actual books can be found as part of the course descriptions for 2020-2021 in the course catalogue closer to the start of the new academic year.


The transfer minor is a full time study programme of 30 EC. Courses are spread over the five working days of the week, although occasionally a day may be “free”. Note that in this case students are assumed to spend their time in self-study.

There is one term of enrolment in September (ending in February, resits aside)