Professional & (pre-) Master Skills in English

Learning a language is one thing, but maintaining your language skills and being able to apply these skills professionally in a range of situations is crucial for your future career. Are you that motivated, ambitious student who aims for an international career, or would you like to continue your education internationally and do a (pre-) master study? If so, then Professional & (pre-) Master Skills in English is the minor you should follow to help you on your way to a successful future.

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The six modules of this minor provide you with the necessary practical professional and academic skills to fully operate at the highest level in any professional and/or academic environment in English. This minor is particularly aimed at students who already have a good command of English (B2, C1 or C2 level) or who have obtained a higher Cambridge certificate.

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Start date September, February
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code M-PROSKILLS
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

In this minor you are going to put your knowledge and skills in English into practice through a wide variety of professional and academic assignments. You will understand and profess the norms and professional etiquettes that are required in an international business setting or academic environment. The six modules of this minor provide you with the necessary practical professional and academic skills to fully operate at the highest level in any professional and/or academic environment in English.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator Nienke Spanauf or the academic coordinator Karin van Gastel.

The Professional & (pre-) Master Skills in English minor programme takes place during one semester and contains the following:

Course unit title ECTS
Advanced English 1 5
Advanced English 2
The English Speaking World
Skills 1:
Argumentative essay writing, discussions of professional and academic articles, Corporate Communication and Marketing communication, Public Affairs, press releases and Public Relations, European Tenders

Skills 2:
Holding and preparing Presentations of international affairs, Extensive application training, Organising - preparing - chairing - and participating in meetings, discussions,  debates, etc.

The Final:
an individual academic or professional paper needs to be produced and presented


Please note that the programme reflects a (logical) bundle of courses/subjects and should normally be followed as such. By choosing this package you will have to participate in ALL the courses included. It is not possible to combine (two or more) programmes in one single period.

In our course guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

Download the module guides for specific information regarding each course individually:

In order to participate in this minor programme you need to present proof of good command of English (B2, C1 or C2 level) or a higher Cambridge certificate.

In case you English language capabilities are not yet up to the required standard for this programme, you could prepare yourself by attending our two-week Summer Course Cambridge English First (B1+ → B2) starting mid-August.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Ready for an international adventure?

Why Choose HU?

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

City centre of Utrecht

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