The Applied Earth Sciences bachelor study programme lasts three years. During your bachelor's you will become acquainted with a fascinating, multifaceted field. You follow a wide range of subjects and are active in the 'real world' from the start.Thanks to the many excursions, fieldwork assignments and study trips, you apply your theoretical knowledge and learn the ins and outs of the field, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

In addition to the general programme you can take minors (packages of optional subjects), study abroad or do an internship. You will end your bachelor programme with your bachelor end project, in a field of your interest. Once you have your diploma you can transfer to a follow-up Master’s degree programme.


Academic years are subdivided into four, equal, 10-week educational periods (quarters). Every quarter centres on a theme. Theory, practice and skills are provided in a combined manner on the basis of these themed modules. As is the case in the current programme, the basic courses will continue to be geology, maths, physics and chemistry. Furthermore, you will learn about Applied Earth Sciences applications. Per quarter you will take various basic sciences and application courses. 



Mathematics & AES

Most high school pupils expect an combination of geography and mathematics when hearing about Applied Earth Sciences. But in practice, the mathematics provides the basis for the programme.

Read moreDuring the bachelor you follow 5 mathematics courses, but in practically all other subjects you will be needing your mathematical knowledge as well. This knowledge is applied to the subject ‘Earth’. Think about a dyke for example. When water flows under the structure it  decreases the stability of the dyke. Through mathematics you can quantify this water stream and predict how safe the dyke truly is. So by applying the mathematics you can make something visible that you cannot directly see. This way you apply mathematics to the world!

Study Schedule

Below you see the study schedule of the first 3 years. The colours correspond to 4 learning lines; Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, Geology and Applied Earth Sciences.


Binding recommendation

TU Delft employs the BSA system: the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies. This means that you must obtain at least 75 per cent of your credits (i.e. 45 of the 60 ECTS) in your first year in order to continue your programme. If you receive a negative binding recommendation on the continuation of studies, you will not be permitted to enroll in this programme again in the next 4 years.

Study load per week

12 hours

9 hours

19 hours

Study association

The study association, the MV, is for all students, PhD’s, alumni and employees involved with Applied Earth Sciences. Besides the activities that support the programme, the MV is also involved in supplementary activities for each of these target groups. Our commissioner of education supports students in educational committees and in case of complaints.The MV also has its own pub in the city centre of Delft and is very active!

Student support and guidance

During your studies, you are not on your own. In your first year of study you will be assigned a mentor who will help you to familiarise yourself with the campus and your study programme. Your mentor is there to answer questions you have during your new life as a student. In addition, every degree programme has academic counsellors to help you with questions about your degree programme and everything related to it. If you have questions about matters such as study planning, study delay and studying with a disability, we have a group of student counsellors, psychologists and study and careers advisers who are ready to help. Together they form the Student & Career Support team.

Additional Opportunities

Delft Honours Programme Delft
The Delft Honours Programme is for ambitious students who are looking for a challenge over and above what their curriculum offers. This is in addition to your regular study programme in the 2nd and 3rd year. It gives you the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge in or outside your field of specialisation, to work on your personal development, and to collaborate with students on other programmes.
More information about the Delft Honours Programme

At TU Delft you have the opportunity to be involved in unique student projects that bring together students from various disciplines. These incredible student projects include the world’s fastest bicycle, the fastest solar-powered car, and the altitude record for amateur-built rockets. Our teams compete in worldwide competitions and achieve fantastic results that put TU Delft on the map.
More information about Dreamteams

Top sporting talent
Do you want to become a top-level athlete while studying for your degree? TU Delft supports students who combine their studies with top-level sporting activities and invests in the development of talent in and outside the lecture halls. Because it is often difficult to combine a regular programme of study with a top-level sports training programme, we offer special facilities and provisions for recognised top-level athletes. This includes coaching by academic counsellors and top-level sports coordinators, financial support in the form of the Graduation Support Scheme, sponsorship, and access to the sports facilities at X.
More information about top-level sport

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