Is the double degree programme difficult?

The Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics double degree programme is a combination of two of the most challenging degree programmes at TU Delft. The programme demands a lot of your time: you are expected to spend about 50 hours a week on your studies. It is important to work hard from the outset. If you study hard, attend the lectures and keep on top of everything, you will most likely do well. 

Mandatory Matching

Applied Physics considers it important that every prospective student experiences what it is like to pursue this study before actually starting the programme. For that reason, matching activities are mandatory for this programme for students starting in the academic year 2020-2021. This means that you have to do these matching activities in order to be registered for this programme. For more information, please refer to the study programme website.

How do I apply?

You should apply for both programmes via Studielink before 1 May. In addition, you must send an e-mail before 15 July to studiestart-ewi@tudelft.nl stating that you would like to apply for admission to the double Bachelor's programme. If you meet the requirements, you will be admitted to the double Bachelor's programme in Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics. 

We admit only the top 5% of students in physics and mathematics.
If you have a Dutch VWO-diploma, your final grades in physics and mathematics B need to be at least 8. The grade point average of these subjects needs to be at least 8.5.

For students who apply with an International Baccalaureate, the requirements are a) a grade of at least 6 for physics (HL) and mathematics (HL/SL) and b) a grade point average of at least 6.5 for these subjects. For the requirements for students with other non-Dutch diplomas, please contact Dr Erik Schoorlemmer.

If you meet the requirements, you will receive confirmation on around 15 August that you have been admitted to the double Bachelor's programme in Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics. 

Difference in degree programmes

What is the difference between Mathematics/Physics and Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics?

Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics and ‘ordinary’ Mathematics/Physics are not really as different as most people think. In principle, Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics is not easier or more challenging than ‘ordinary’ Mathematics/Physics. Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics have a specific focus on the application of both disciplines, not just in the domain of technology. For example, they also cover applications in finance and healthcare.

What is the difference with double degree programmes at other Dutch universities?

TU Delft is the only university in the Netherlands that offers a double Bachelor’s programme in applied mathematics and applied physics. The ordinary double Bachelor's programme in Mathematics/Physics is offered at Groningen University, the University of Amsterdam, Radboud University, Utrecht University and Leiden University.

Gender ratio

What is the gender ratio in the degree programme?

Contrary to what most people think, mathematics is not a degree that is only for men. For some years now, one-third of first-year Applied Mathematics students have been female. Currently, the figure actually exceeds 40%. For Applied Physics, 18% of students are female, and for the double Bachelor's programme that figure is approximately 17%.

Degree programme

Where can I find information about the courses I will be taking?

The courses in the Bachelor's degree programmes are listed on the degree programme website. All of the individual courses of our degree programmes can be found in the online prospectus.

If you are interested in finding out about the first-year lectures, visit OpenCourseWare, where you can view recordings of previous lectures. You can also participate in online trial studying.

How much mathematics is taught in the first year?

In the double Bachelor's degree programme, the ratio between mathematics and physics courses is approximately 50:50.

What is the official language of the programme?

The official language is Dutch, but the lectures of Applied Mathematics will mostly be taught in English. An adequate knowledge of English is therefore essential in order to participate. Some Applied Physics courses are taught in English, and some in Dutch.

In which language are the books written?

During both the Bachelor's and Master's programmes, all the books and almost all study materials are in English.

What are the lecture times?

A special timetable has been compiled for students of Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics to enable them to attend as many courses as possible.

1st and 2nd hour 08:45 - 10:30 
3rd and 4th hour 10:45 - 12:30


5th and 6th hour 13:45 - 15:30
7th and 8th hour 15:45 - 17:30

Mostly you have eight hours of lectures or other educational activities a day: you can find your timetable at https://mytimetable.tudelft.nl/.


What will I have to tackle at the start of the degree programme?

You will have a lot to tackle at the start of your degree programme. There are a lot of choices to be made. Do you want to live on your own or continue living with your parents? How are you planning to finance your studies? You will have your first lectures, examinations, and assignments. Are you planning to join a sports club or other association? The website welkom.tudelft.nl is a useful resource, containing information, links and an introductory video.
W.I.S.V. Christiaan Huygens (CH) is the Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Engineering study association. Vereniging voor Technische Physica (VvTP) is the Applied Physics study association. In August, both associations organise the introductory weekend for first-year students known as Eerstejaarsweekend (EJW). During the EJW, you can become acquainted with the degree programme, the faculty, the study associations and, most importantly, especially with each other.

During the Introduction Week (OWee) you can discover the city of Delft and its student life. The week is intended for all new students who are about to start their studies in Delft.

On the first day of lectures, a Bachelor's kick-off event is held to provide you with information about the two faculties and studying in Delft. You will also attend a lecture with information about your own degree programme. The faculty mentors and student mentors will show you around in the first few weeks. They will tell you more about Brightspace (the education information system), Osiris (the administration system for grades and registering for exams), the lecture-response groups, credits, the binding recommendation on the continuation of studies and the compulsory progress tests.


Do I need a laptop?

Yes, every student needs a laptop. TU Delft offers a range of computer rooms, but you are expected to purchase your own laptop. You will need a laptop for laboratory courses and projects, and it is also useful for private study. It is up to you which operating system you choose. Thanks to the laptop project you can buy a good laptop at university. Laptops bought via the laptop project are fully supported: if it stops working, you can bring it in to be repaired while you continue working on a temporary replacement laptop. 


What form do the examinations take?

Written examinations last two or three hours and usually take place in a large hall with the entire group of first-year students. A written exam typically consists of a number of questions that require you to apply the knowledge and the skills you have learned in the course. These questions can be open-ended or closed-ended questions, or a combination of the two.

Another way of assessing the knowledge and skills that you have acquired on a course might be an oral final presentation in combination with a written report.

Some courses can only be completed by carrying out assignments, which are handed in online. The final mark of many courses is partially determined by interim tests.

In the third year, the grand finale of your double degree is the Bachelor’s final project, an individual research project in one of our research groups. This research results in a written report and an oral defence.


Do students get supervision?

Applied Mathematics operates a compulsory mentor system in the first year. You will receive supervision in groups of ten students from a faculty mentor. Attention is paid to study skills and course-related supervision and you can discuss problems or concerns with the mentor and with each other. It is a place to become acquainted with each other, the faculty and TU Delft all at the same time.

At Applied Physics you are assigned to a mentor group of about 10-12 freshmen supervised by two elder double degree student mentors. The student mentors pay attention to practical and personal issues and study skills. Thereby, the mentor group provides for a couple of other students you will know some better. The mentor group is formed in het Eerstejaarsweekend (EJW). 

There is also an academic counsellor to discuss your progress, study schedule and other plans. Students with a disability, such as a physical disability, dyslexia or an autism spectrum disorder, can call on the academic counsellor for assistance.

TU Delft also organises various workshops and training courses on study skills, such as stress management, thinking constructively and studying with dyslexia. For more information, visit the website of the TU Delft Career Centre.


How much holiday will I have?

The academic calendar year is made up of four periods, called quarters. They each consist of ten weeks, with the exception of the fourth quarter, which has an additional week to compensate for the large number of public holidays during that term. Scheduled examinations also take place in these four terms. You have two weeks of Christmas holiday, one week in the spring and nine weeks in the summer in term five. Your summer holiday will be shorter if you have to retake exams in weeks 3, 4 and/or 6 of term five or need to catch up on other work (e.g. reports).

Student accommodation

Is it easy to find student accommodation and how can I arrange this?

The earlier you register, the greater the chance you will find a room quickly. So register on time, for example, with duwo.nl (the largest provider of student accommodation in Delft). For more information on student accommodation, click here. You can also find a room via kamernet.nl, but this may involve a voting-in process as these rooms are privately offered.


What is the difference between a study association and a student association?

Each degree programme at TU Delft has its own study association. The study association represents the interests of the students and organises study-related activities, such as educational trips, lectures and excursions, as well as social activities.

Student associations are not affiliated with a degree programme or with TU Delft. They have more of an external social function. There are all kinds of student associations, ranging from general interest to ones based on culture, sports or politics. 

Do I have to join a study association?

The CH and VvTP study associations organise interesting and fun activities throughout the year. They also organise the book sale (members receive a discount). The books are on sale from the first day of lectures. You can also contact them if you have any questions, comments or complaints about the examinations, lecturers or courses.

You can get acquainted with the study association during the introductory weekend for first-year students, the Eerstejaarsweekend (EJW). This is organised annually and takes place during Owee, the Welcoming Week.

During the EJW, you will get to know other new students of Applied Mathematics and/or Applied Physics, and you will receive a lot of information about studying at the faculties of EEMCS and AS. This is not an initiation but a fun weekend designed to help you get acquainted with the degree programme, your fellow students and the study association. We therefore recommend that you take part.

Do I have to join a student association?

No, you don't, but it is a good way to get to know people, especially if you are new to Delft. You can find more information about student associations here.


Is it possible to stop doing either of the programmes during the double degree?

Occasionally, a student realises that he/she has underestimated the level of Applied Mathematics/Applied Physics or the amount of work involved. In that case, you can stop doing either of the programmes at any time. In the first few weeks, it is easy to opt for just Applied Mathematics or Applied Physics. It becomes more difficult as the year progresses. You will need to take into account that you have to catch up on certain courses you have missed in Applied Mathematics or Applied Physics. This may lead to a delay in your studies. Whatever the case, you should first make an appointment with the academic counsellor.