Types of Degrees

HAN University of Applied Sciences offers 10 bachelor degrees and 5 master degrees. Planning to do your master at HAN? Then you can also choose between a full-time or a part-time master. Whatever fits your needs best!

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What's a bachelor degree?

In the Netherlands, you can acquire a bachelor's degree at a university of applied sciences (like HAN) or a research university. What's the difference?

A bachelor's degree at a university of applied sciences is a 4-year program focused on practice-based learning. You gain a lot of knowledge and skills in practice. For example, you do an internship at an organization or company and work on real-life assignments from the field. 

A bachelor's degree at a research university takes 3 years to complete and focuses on independent, research-oriented study in an academic or professional setting. 

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Areas of study at HAN

Engineering & Technology

Do you get excited about designing, experimenting and programming? Put your passion for technology to good use! Discover more about Engineering & Technology here.


Natural Sciences

Want to improve plant species, discover the origin of diseases or find ways to clean up contaminated soil? Study natural sciences and get the know-how to approach these challenges.

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Economics & Business

Do you get excited about doing business in an international setting? Would you love to work in marketing, sales, logistics or finance? Then Economics & Business might be a good fit for you. Read more about Economics & Business.

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Behavior & Social Sciences

Are you fascinated by human behavior? Do you read people like an open book? Would you love to work in a field that allows you to help and empower people? Then Behavior & Social Sciences might just be the perfect fit for you!


Language & Communication

Are you always obsessing over the underlying meaning of a message? Are you intrigued by how language shapes our perception? Do you find joy in looking for the ‘right’ words? Then studying Language & Communication might just be the right step for you.

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What's a master degree?

A master's degree represents an advanced level of study in a specific discipline. Master’s degrees, like other graduate degrees, require a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Typically, a master's degree takes 1 to 2 years of full-time study to complete. 

You can choose for a master's degree at a research university or a university of applied sciences.

An academic master's at a research university is a stepping stone to a doctoral program. In an academic master, you focus on theoretical knowledge in a specific field of study. At a UAS like HAN, you learn practical skills and knowledge that you can immediately apply in the field you want to work in.

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For master students

Study full-time or part-time

Most of our master's degrees are also available part-time. Depending on your personal circumstances, a part-time master may be a better fit for you.

The main difference between a master's degree part-time or a master's degree full-time is the time it takes to complete. A typical master’s program (that is, full-time) tends to take a year to complete. On the other hand, a part-time master’s takes about two years to complete.

There's no difference in title between a degree that's earned part-time or full-time.

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Benefits of studying part-time

Depending on your personal circumstances, a part-time study may be a better fit for you. The main benefits of studying part-time are:

1. Flexibility: With a part-time master’s, you’re able to spread your study schedule across more days so that you can continue working or taking care of other responsibilities more easily. 

2. Professional experience: Not only is work experience beneficial for your career growth, but it can also be beneficial to your educational experience. You can apply industry knowledge to your coursework.

3. Less intensive: A parttime master's takes longer to complete, but it will be less intensive as your coursework is extended over that time period. For many students, studying part-time helps to relieve stress and makes for a more enjoyable academic experience. 

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