The TU Delft uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This means that every bachelor programme consist of 180 ECTS, 60 ECTS per year. The regular programme consists of 150 ECTS and the minor consists of 30 ECTS. After completing the bachelor programme, you will receive the BSc diploma, Bachelor of Science. Most students continue with a master programme after their bachelors. You can find more information about master programmes here.

This is an overview of the bachelor programme:


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First year
The first year is meant to gain a good view of what Applied Earth Sciences is all about. Students will have a few introduction courses, for instance Introduction to Minerals, Mining & Geo-Engineering, where all the master programmes will be discussed. During the ‘Nuldejaarsexcursie’ in August, every new student will be able to visit some companies. This excursion is organised by the MV and its purpose is to make sure that every new student will get a good impression of the subjects in our BSc degree and career options. More information about this excursion? Mail to During the first year students have several practicals about minerals and rocks and chemistry. It also consists of a few courses about geology and in the 4th period, students will go on fieldwork to the Eifel and the Ardennes to learn more about geology. Ofcourse, like every other TU Delft programme, the programme consists of many technical courses like mathematics, mechanics and even chemistry. Here, you can find more information about the courses in the first year.

At the end of the first year, students will receive a binding recommendation on continuation of studies (BSA). This means that you will have to gain a minimum of 45 ECTS during your first year of studies in order to be allowed to proceed to the second year. Which is 3/4 of the total number of credits you can achieve during the first year.

Would you like to learn more about the bachelor Applied Earth Sciences? The TU Delft organises some information activities for new students.

Second year
Courses in de second year go more into detail of the area of the study. This means there are more advanced courses about mathematics and mechanics, like Instrumentation & Signals with Python, Soil Mechanics and Statistical Spatial Data Analysis. Besides the technical courses, there are also a few more geological courses like Sedimentology & Reservoir Geology and the Geological Fieldwork to the Southern of France.

Here, you can find more information about the courses in the second year.

Third year
In the first half year every student can expand their knowledge with subjects that are not taught as part of your own study programme. The TU Delft offers several minors and electives for this part of the programme. It is also possible to do a minor at another University or to study abroad for half a year.

The second part of the year consists mostly of advanced courses in petroleum engineering and mining engineering and a Field Exploration Project. The final step in the programme is the Bachelors Thesis.

Here, you can find more information about the courses in the third year.

Bachelor thesis
To complete the bachelor programme, students have to do a project of approximately seven weeks. At the end of this project the student writes a bachelor thesis report and gives a oral presentation. The subject of the project can be almost everything in the field of study. Teachers from our department are willing to help the students, but students can also do a project at a company or research institution.