Intake of new Master’s students
In the 2019/20 academic year, 46,887 students started a Master's degree programme at a research university. Both the transfer rate of Bachelor's students and the intake of students coming from higher professional education and international students increased compared to the preceding year.
Transfer rate of Bachelor's degree graduates
An increasing number students are enrolling in Master's degree programmes at a different university than the one from which they obtained their Bachelor's degree. However, most Bachelor's degree graduates still opt for a Master's programme at the same university as where they completed their Bachelor's degree.
Intake of Master’s students from universities of applied sciences
The number of students from universities of applied sciences enrolling in a degree programme at a research university has increased.
Part of these incoming students took a pre-Master's programme in the Bachelor's phase in order to be admitted to the Master's programme. However, there are also students coming from higher professional education who were directly admitted to the Master's programme.
The national enrolment data does not show which students took a pre-Master's programme and which students are enrolled as regular students. As a result it is difficult to see in the data how the intake of hbo-instomers takes place.
Master’s intake of persons not previously enrolled in university degree programmes
This category mainly consists of international students. It also includes Dutch nationals not enrolled in academic higher education in the period starting in 1992 (when national data began to be collected). In addition, this category mainly consists of international students who enrol in a master's program directly from abroad.
International student intake
Students with a non-Dutch secondary education and a non-Dutch Nationality are regarded as international students. The intake of these students can be distributed across the categories mentioned earlier.
New intake: For the largest group of international students, enrolment in a Master's programme is the first introduction to higher education in the Netherlands. In addition,
Bachelor transition: a number of international students enrolling in a Master's programme have taken higher education in the Netherlands previously: as Bachelor's students, as pre-Master's students in the Bachelor phase or via a university of applied sciences.
> Use the visualization above for the data on international student master’s intake.