Excellence Track Applied Mathematics

What exactly is the Excellence Track (ET)?

This is a track within the bachelor Applied Mathematics offering extra challenges to our best students representing 12 additional ECTS credits per year. Additionally, in the second year, the practical assignments are more comprehensive and include on-site work with industry or other partners. In the third year, the excellence track students take one extra elective in a Mathematics minor, and the bachelor project is 24 instead of the usual 18 ECTS.


What are the admission criteria?

You can apply for the Excellence Track when your grade for pre-university level Mathematics is at least 9 and you have an average of at least 8 for all subjects. If you meet both conditions you will be asked to submit a reference letter and you will be invited for an interview.

Are there admission criteria for the 2nd and 3rd year of the Excellence Track?

To be admitted to the 2nd and 3rd year of the Excellence Track, you must have completed all your first year courses including all ET modules by the end of the first year.

Binding Study Advice

Is there a BSA (Binding Study Advice)?

As an Excellence Track student, you take the same written exams as the regular students. On top of that, you take separate exams for the additional ET modules. The BSA is based on the grades for the regular written exams. Passing or failing for the additional modules has no consequences for the BSA (it does have consequences for being admitted to the 2nd year ET, of course).


Do I pay additional tuition fees?

No additional fees are charged for enrolling into the ET.

How expensive are the books?

Information about book prices can be obtained from the student association of Applied Mathematics (W.I.S.V. Christiaan Huygens) They sell the books. For 2nd hand books you can look at boeken.tudelft.nl.


How do I sign up?

Registration is not difficult: you can sign up before May 1st for the bachelor Applied Mathematics through Studielink. In addition, you must send an email to studiestart-ewi@tudelft.nl before July 1st in which you write that you wish to apply for admission to the Excellence Track.

Can I enroll at a later moment?

If, during your first year, you feel you could do the Excellence Track after all, you can still apply to enroll to the Excellence Track starting in the 2nd year. To be admitted, you must have completed your first year courses including all ET modules by the end of the first year. In this respect it is good to know that the additional ET modules are open to all students.


Is there additional guidance?

Throughout your bachelor studies you get a personal mentor. This is a senior staff member whom you meet every two weeks. You can ask him/her any questions you may have.


How many hours will I have to study?

An average student needs 28 hours of study to obtain 1 ECTS point. This means that an average student must study 40 hours per week for the regular 60 ECTS programme. The ET has 12 additional ECTS points per year, bringing the total to 72. But excellent students generally spend less time than average students on 1 ECTS.


Should / can I take a minor?

Some restrictions apply to the Excellence Track: students in this track must follow the Mathematics minor. It has two obligatory courses: Philosophy of Mathematics and one so-called Proseminar, which is a course in seminar format. In addition to these, four electives are chosen from the course portfolios of Delft, Leiden and Mastermath. Attending master level courses is permitted, subject to approval of the director of teaching. The study load of this minor is 36 ECTS (as opposed to 30 ECTS for a regular minor).

Master programmes

Which master can I do after the Excellence Track Applied Mathematics?

After the bachelor Excellence Track in Applied Mathematics you have access to all masters which are open to students with a bachelor in Applied Mathematics. Currently EEMCS is studying the option of extending the Excellence Track into its master programmes.

Options for students in the regular programme

Is it possible for a regular student to attend some of the excellence track modules?

The excellence track modules are open to all students. In order to be assigned to the ET group, you must express your interest to the lecturer of the course.


What if the Excellence Track is too much for me?

If you feel you have misjudged the level of the Excellence Track or the amount of work, you can stop at any time and continue as a regular student with your bachelor studies. It is a good idea to discuss this with your mentor.

Additional Information

Is there any additional information on the Excellence Track?

To get an idea what it is like to study Applied Mathematics you can join a shadow day. You can sign up through meeloopdagen.tudelft.nl.

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