The Bachelor’s degree programme lasts three years and each year is divided into quarters. This means that you will have an examination week four times each year. Each quarter begins with eight weeks of lectures, tutorials and projects. These take place between 08:45 and 17:30. The ninth week is a lecture-free week (revision week), which is followed by examinations. A number of the larger lectures are taken together with the students of Mechanical Engineering.

Study plan

The Marine Technology degree programme consists mainly of mathematics, physics and typical subject-related courses. In the first year the emphasis is on mathematics and physics.

The first year
The first year focuses on mathematics, physics and mechanical engineering. This technical basis is essential for you to undertake the rest of the Marine Technology degree programme. You should not underestimate the amount of mathematics and physics in the programme. Both the level and the amount are higher than you are used to at school. During the project-based education you will make calculations that you apply to a practical example. You will calculate the stability of ships, analyse the construction process, determine the ship’s construction, study the resistance and drive mechanism of a ship and build a floating crane.

The second year
The emphasis in the second and third years shifts from basic theory to marine technology subjects. This includes learning more about resistance, propulsion and drive mechanisms. Mathematics, however, will continue to be an important component in the second year. The basic knowledge acquired during the first year is further expanded and applied. And in the second year, the lectures will be supplemented by project-based education and laboratory courses.

The third year
In the first half of the third year, you will choose a minor to take. This may be a minor within the faculty or at another faculty, at other universities in the Netherlandsor abroad. The second semester is mainly devoted to the Bachelor’s final project, a research or design assignment you will carry out with a small group of fellow students. Students who achieve a pass will receive the title of Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Besides studying, you can also participate in various student teams, such as the Solar Boat Team. In this team you can help build a solar boat to compete against other designs from teams from Europe and the rest of the world.


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. For example, you can follow one of the minors the 3mE faculty offers. Alternatively, you can widen your world by opting for a cohesive course package, an internship or a course abroad. A well-chosen minor can help you to find the career direction that suits you, or to discover which Master’s programme you would like to take after your Bachelor’s degree programme

More information about Minors.

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.