The curriculum

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.

Study plan

The Bachelor’s degree programme is a three-year programme (180 credits) consisting of six semesters. Five semesters have a set programme and you may choose your own subject for the sixth (the minor).


The Applied Mathematics degree programme consists of five modules:

  • Modelling and Applications
  • Numerical Methods and Differential Equations
  • Optimisation and Discrete Mathematics
  • Analysis
  • Stochastics

The first year of the programme revolves around fundamental mathematics. These courses are a level up from secondary school. You will also learn about something completely new in courses which focus on reasoning. You will apply the theory you learn during the first two years in projects of the Modelling course. In the third year, you will take courses and do a minor. The degree programme is rounded off with the Bachelor’s graduation project.

Year 1

In addition to courses in fundamental mathematics, you will get started this year with mathematical modelling as well as learning how to present a mathematical solution. Other courses include probability theory, algebra and programming. You will also take a technology elective module. And because the mathematics at university is so different from that at secondary school, a lot of attention is paid to personal supervision. You will take part in a mentor group of ten students from the beginning of the first year. A faculty mentor will supervise you on study skills for two hours a week.


Year 2

In the second year, you will take eight compulsory mathematics courses, from fundamental to applied and from broad to in-depth. You will also get to choose an elective from a list of approximately five courses, such as Advanced Statistics and Decision Analysis. So you can customise the Applied Mathematics degree programme a bit. You will also work on a project, by modelling a mathematical physical problem, such as an epidemic.


Year 3

You will begin the first half of the third year with a minor. In the third quarter, you will take two electives, helping you to set your own course. You will also take an intensive course in presentation skills. The degree programme is rounded off with the Bachelor’s graduation project. This involves working on a mathematical or practically oriented problem, such as creating a strategy for the Nuna solar car in South Africa or modelling wound healing. This project lasts three months and enables you to demonstrate that you can tackle a problem independently, and present your finding adequately both orally and in writing.



In the first semester 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. Applied Mathematics students, for example, choose minors as Mathematical Finance or Education. Alternatively, you can broaden your perspective by opting for a cohesive course package, an internship or a course abroad. A well-chosen minor can help you to find the career options that suit you, or decide which Master’s programme you want to do after your Bachelor’s degree programme.

More information about Minors

Read more about Admission requirements

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.