Knowledge of physics is the foundation of technological development. In this challenging programme, you deepen your knowledge of the fundamental laws of physics and focus on the technical applications at the same time. You are not afraid to dig deep into the theory and work with abstract mathematical concepts, and you always ask yourself what you can do with it in practical situations. You do this together with enthusiastic fellow students, who, like you, want to understand everything, and with inspirational and internationally renowned top-quality lecturers.


The Applied Physics Bachelor's degree programme lasts three years and consists of 15% mathematics, 40% general physics, 15% applied physics, 25% laboratory courses, projects and research, and 5% societal orientation.

The programme is a combination of lectures (in which the lecturer explains the theory), tutorials (in which you study the theory and practise applying that theory with a group of students), laboratory courses (in which you learn to experiment and practise oral and written reporting), projects (in which you collaborate with a group of students on analysing and designing technology) and individual self-study.

In the first year, we offer a tightly scheduled curriculum with 40 contact hours per week. You will be present at the faculty from 8.45-17.30. Challenging, but necessary for adopting the right study attitude and successfully completing the first year. This year consists of 8 blocks of 5 weeks. Each period is concluded with an examination week. You will take 1 physics course, 1 mathematics course and 1 laboratory course or project in each block. In this way, you can focus intensively on a small number of courses per block.

In the second and third years, the number of contact hours will decrease to 28 hours per week and you will study increasingly independently. The amount of mathematics will decrease and the amount of physics and applied physics will increase. You will take a so-called minor for six months in the third year. You will study a subject that is very different from physics and that you choose yourself. For example: mathematics, mechanical engineering, medical technology, computer science, law and economy, finance, entrepreneurship or Japanese studies. This can also be done abroad. In the second half of the third year, you will complete the Bachelor's degree programme with an independent research project.

Internship & study abroad

The programme Applied Physics does not include an internship. However, in the subsequent Master programme a three-month internship is included. In case you have high grades during your Bachelor programme, you can be eligible for a minor abroad during your third year.

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Additional challenge

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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. 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.
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Would you like to be responsible for a world first? At TU Delft you have the opportunity to be involved in unique student projects in which students from many disciplines work together. Projects worked on by these Dreamteams include the world’s fastest bicycle, the fastest solar-powered car and the altitude record for amateur-built rockets. Dreamteams compete in worldwide competitions and achieve fantastic results that put TU Delft on the map.
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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.
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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.

Vereniging voor Technische Physica

The Association for Applied Physics (VvTP) is the study association for students of the Applied Physics Bachelor's programme and the Applied Physics Master's programme. The VvTP functions as a quality monitor of the education and is responsible for providing some information when you choose a minor, Bachelor's Final Project subject or specialisation. In addition, the VvTP organises excursions that prepare students for their career and offer them opportunities to work for the leading companies in the industry.

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Study load per week

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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.


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