The Nuffic Glossary is a list with explanations of terms used in Dutch education.
Also known as: professional master's degree programme; master's degree programme of higher professional eduation; master's degree programme with an applied emphasis; HBO master's degree programme.
Training that prepares students for professions in specific areas. There are two types of master's programmes at universities of applied sciences: the first builds on the specific competencies acquired during the bachelor's phase, and the second adds breadth to a student's education. This takes the form of additional theory and an appreciation of multidisciplinarity.
In both cases, students become more skilled at acquiring knowledge on their own, at conducting or directing applied research, and at making carefully considered judgements. Professionally oriented master's degree programmes last one or two years (or longer in exceptional cases).
Source: Report of the Commissie Accreditatie Hoger Onderwijs, 2003.