Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section where you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions in relation to our pre-experience Bachelor and Master programmes.
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What is the difference between a research university (WO) and a university of applied sciences (HBO)?
There are two types of higher education in the Netherlands: research-oriented (WO) and profession-oriented (HBO):
Research-oriented education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) is traditionally offered by research universities, such as Erasmus University which Rotterdam School of Management is a part of.
- Programmes at research universities focus on theoretical aspects of the field of study.
- Prepares students for undertaking independent research.
- Lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. At research universities you can also pursue a PhD degree.
- Fewer contact hours and more course material to study independently.
- A Bachelor's program at a research university requires the completion of 180 credits (three years of study) and graduates obtain the degree of Bachelor of Arts, of Science, or of Laws (BA/BSc/LLB), depending on the discipline.
Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO) is offered by universities of applied sciences (hogescholen)
- Programmes at universities of applied sciences prepare students for particular professions
- Tend to be more practically-oriented.
- They lead to either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
- More contact hours (e.g. lectures / tutorials) during which course material is taught in a classical setting.
- A Bachelor's degree in the applied arts and sciences requires 240 credits (four years of study); in most cases, graduates obtain a degree indicating the field of study (for example, Bachelor of Engineering, B Eng, or Bachelor of Nursing, B Nursing).
- Last update:
- Monday, 12 August 2019