This Bachelor’s degree is a three-year programme with a mix of teaching methods, such as lectures, instructions, projects and self-study. Lectures take place between 8:45 and 17:30. A lecture consists of two 45 minutes blocks, with a 15-minute break in between. The projects will help you to apply your knowledge in a group and experience the practical use of the various subjects and how they interrelate. You will also practise your presentation and reporting skills.
The first and second years consist of courses in mathematics and physics, from fundamental to applied and from broad to in-depth. You will not take a minor in the third year, but will instead take even more regular courses and laboratory courses. The degree programme is concluded with the Bachelor’s project.
Check the detailed study plan for the double Bachelor of Applied Mathematics - Applied Physics here (in Dutch).
The curriculum of the first year is largely composed of mathematics and physics courses that form the foundation of the programme, such as:
- Analysis: this course can best be compared to Mathematics B in secondary school. You learn to differentiate and integrate, both in 2D and in higher dimensions.
- Mechanics and Relativity Theory: in this course, you learn to analyse mechanics using the related basic laws. The problems that you need to solve are very broad: from the movement of stars and collisions between masses to the theory of relativity.
- Thermodynamics: this course focuses on the conversion of different forms of energy, such as the heating and flow of liquids, for example. Mechanical machines, such as steam engines and solar panels, operate on the basis of these principles.
Furthermore, you will learn how to conduct physics-related research and give a technical presentation in an introductory laboratory course. In the spring, together with a number of other students, you will work on a project under the supervision of researchers. Examples of such projects include the creation of a test chip for a satellite or research in a nuclear reactor. You will also be introduced to programming and logical reasoning, and will take a technical elective.
From the first-years' weekend, you will take part in a mentor group of around ten students. This will allow you to quickly get to know your fellow students. In addition, you will be supervised by a student and lecturer mentor regarding the content of your degree programme, and you will also learn study skills.
In the second year, you will take more mathematics and physics courses, from fundamental to applied and from broad to in-depth. You will also learn to create mathematical models in co-operation with your fellow students, and you will conduct a number of physics-related investigations in pairs in various physics research groups.
In other degree programmes of TU Delft, the first half of the third year is reserved for a minor. The purpose of the minor is to broaden your knowledge. Since your double programme is already very broad in nature, this option does not exist; instead, you will take mathematics, physics and laboratory courses. In addition, you will start the 24-credit combined Bachelor's project that concludes the double Bachelor's degree programme. This project must contain both a mathematics and physics component. Examples include the simulation of the immune system during the wound healing process using cell colony models, or legionella contamination from hot water pipes. You have at least two supervisors for the Bachelor's project - one for each programme. Once you have completed all courses and the Bachelor's project, you will receive two Bachelor's degrees.
There is no possibility to do a minor during this degree programme!
Read more about: Admission requirements
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.