The academic year consists of four periods of ten weeks. Three courses are taught in parallel for the first nine weeks: usually two courses worth six credits (= two days a week) and one course worth three credits (= one day a week). During this period you attend lectures, take part in work groups to help you understand the material better and carry out practical work in a laboratory. You are also expected to study the material that has been covered each day and check what preparation work you need to do for the following day(s).
The week starts at 8.30 on Monday and ends on Friday afternoon. You are expected to actively participate and to keep up with the material. Per course, there are two or three tests per period. If you have passed everything and fulfilled all the course requirements, you can use the tenth week to do something for yourself (personal or study related).
If you fail the course because you did not pass an exam but you did work hard throughout the period, you will have the chance to resit the exam in week ten.
You can find the full study plan in the programme overview for the Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Science & Technology (MST). If you choose to follow the chemistry track, you will study the different areas of the discipline in more depth: inorganic, theoretical, physical and organic and biomolecular chemistry. By contrast, the technology track covers a wider range of mathematics and physics-oriented subjects such as linear algebra and differential equations, physical transport phenomena, chemical reaction engineering, separation technology and product design.
Scientific research forms an essential component of both programmes.
Your first year starts with instructions on safety. After you have passed the test, you are permitted to do practical work. You will take a wide range of chemistry modules and gain a good grounding in mathematics and physics. This first year ends with an introduction to technology and a ‘Learning to Research’ project. Your results at the end of this year will determine whether you are permitted to continue on the programme.
In the second year, you will take a lot of basic modules and become acquainted with your choice of specialism (materials, synthesis or technology). This will include learning about organic chemistry (synthesis), solid-state chemistry (materials) or physical transport phenomena (technology).
In the third year, you will do a minor: a combination of modules on a specific theme, such as entrepreneurship or sustainability. If you have obtained sufficient credits, you may be able to spend time studying abroad. Finally, you will carry out a full-time 11-week research project in one of the research groups.
In semester 1 of year 3 of the Bachelor’s degree programme, you will have the opportunity to spend six months broadening your horizons and exploring a subject that interests you, in the way that suits you best. MST students choose a wide variety of minors, such as mathematics, software design, business administration, education minor, advanced MST, modern drug discovery, economics, law and management, or a minor at Chalmers (Sweden) or ETH Zurich (Switzerland). You could also choose to take a cohesive combination of modules at a foreign university as a way of broadening your horizons. A well-chosen minor can help you to find the career direction that suits you, or decide which Master's programme you want to take after your Bachelor's degree programme.
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.
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