Honours programme

Honours Programme Bachelor


The aim of the TU Delft Honours Programme is to provide an additional challenge to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in their first year. Students get the opportunity, at an early stage of their studies, to learn about scientific methods and how to apply them, to come into contact with a network of scientists and other talented students, and to allow them to participate immediately in real research projects. Students can also choose to take part in an international programming competition. 

Over the course of two years, BSc Honours Programme students complete at least 20 ECTS credits (560 hours) for the Honours Programme.
In addition, the EEMCS students on the programme form an EEMCS-wide honours community and are all members of the TU-wide community for honours students.


The BSc Honours Programme involves a workload of at least 20 ECTS credits. Students who are enthusiastic and passionate about the programme may want to devote more time to it. 



All students on the BSc Honours Programme must participate in the TU-wide Bachelor’s Honours Programme activities (5 ECTS credits).More information about the modules offered can be found on the following website, https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/programmes/honours-programme-delft/honours-programme-bachelor/the-interdisciplinary-honours-programme/


Option 1

 (15 ECTS credits including writing a paper/report and organising a final symposium)

Students are assigned to research groups and participate in their research. The research projects chosen by the students are diverse, can involve more than one discipline and/or take place in an international context. Students carry out a small research project in an area which they find interesting (15 ECTS credits including writing a paper/report and organising a final symposium). Applied Mathematics students are also free to choose an Applied Physics research project.

NB: If you choose this variant, you carry out a small research project in a subject that really interests you. You can either do it on your own or with another student. If you don’t know much about the research projects which are currently underway, you can prepare by looking into the EEMCS Faculty research areas. Perhaps you found the content or subject of a first-year course unit so interesting that you would like to further immerse yourself in the topic. If you start your research in good time, you’ll be able to spread the work evenly over the first and second year of the Bachelor’s Honours Programme. If you prefer to work alone and at your own pace, this variant is the best way to approach your additional academic challenge.


Option 2

(15 ECTS credits including writing a paper/report and organising a final symposium)

Training for and participation in the preliminary rounds and, if you’re successful, the final stages of the Programming world championship.

Students who choose this option start in September and work in teams of three. Students need to spend about 4 - 8 hours a week training for the competition. They also receive expert coaching approximately once a fortnight. During these sessions, the supervisor gives the students tips about how to approach the assignments.
N.B. If you choose this variant, you will need to form a team with two other students. In the second year of your Honours Programme, you have time to write a report, organise the final symposium and take the TU-wide modules as part of your Honours Programme.

Option 3

(15 ECTS credits including writing a paper/report and organising a final symposium)

In this variant, students carry out research on behalf of a dream team that requires additional research performed by talented Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science students. Students take the initiative to become a member of a dream team and/or ask the dream teams whether they can carry out a research project for them. An overview of dream teams is available on the website. Essentially, the students are the R&D department for a dream team. Students are assigned to researchers from the EEMCS Faculty, who are responsible for supervising the research projects.
All students on the BSc Honours Programme must participate in the TU-wide Bachelor Honours Programme activities (5 ECTS credits).


Students who have finished their first academic year on time (P in 1) and have obtained at least an average grade of 8 for all study components are eligible for the Bachelor’s Honours Programme. If your average grade is between 7 and 8 you may apply but admission is not guaranteed.





If you want to enroll in the Honours Programme you can sent an email to programmesupport-eemcs@tudelft.nl before 1 September. Include the following in your application:

  • Motivation letter (max. 1 A4)

  • Which option you apply for

  • Transcript of Osiris records



At the end of the second year of the Bachelor’s Honours Programme (mid-March), a symposium is organised at which all BSc Honours Programme students from that cohort give a presentation about their research project. The symposium is organised by the students. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially new students on the Bachelor’s Honours Programme, first-year students who are interested in the programme, professors and other interested faculty staff members. 


Students are primarily assessed by their supervisors. They mainly give qualitative feedback about the student’s progress and results. All Bachelor Honours Programme students must write a paper or report about their (research) project(s).


Honours students are only awarded an honours certificate/classification if they complete the standard Bachelor’s degree programme and the extra Honours Programme on time (three years).


Paper as end product

All students on the BSc Honours Programme must write a paper. The paper must be good enough to submit to a conference. Scope of the paper: 4 - 6 pages. If a student decides not to do a research project, they are expected to submit a report detailing what they have done and what they have learned.


More information

Forms Honours Programme