Honours programme

Honours Programme

Aim 

The aim of the TU Delft Honours Programme is to provide an additional challenge to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement in their very 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. 

Contents

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. 

Mandatory

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/

At EEMCS, you can also ‘earn’ ECTS credits by organising activities (lectures, excursions) for EEMCS honours student events (max. 2 of the 5 ECTS credits).

All BSc Honours Programme students are members of the TU-wide community for all honours students. At the EEMCS Faculty, you are also a member of the group of BSc Honours Programme students who have either finished or are still on the programme. This network can help you decide what you want to focus on during the programme and is a great way to exchange ideas and opportunities. All the students in this network have demonstrated their ambitions, and shown that they can and want to do more than just the standard programme. 

Options

On 1 September 2012, additional activities were added to the 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 championshi

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

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. You will need to look for at least one or two other ‘good’ students who also want to participate in the competition. The training starts in September. The majority of the work for this variant takes place in the first year (15 ECTS credits). In the second year, 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 (http://ddream.nl/) 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.
N.B. If you choose this variant, you will probably end up doing a few small research projects for your chosen dream teams. This often means that you will have to carry out research projects in a very short space of time; all the dream teams have deadlines because they constantly participate in competitions.This can be stressful and you will have to learn how to cope with peak periods. However, the students who take part in these large student projects are so enthusiastic and inspired that you can’t help but be motivated to give your all too.

All students on the BSc Honours Programme must participate in the TU-wide Bachelor Honours Programme activities (5 ECTS credits).
At EEMCS you can also ‘earn’ ECTS credits by organising activities (lectures, excursions) for EEMCS honours student events (max. 1 of the 5 ECTS credits). The Faculty also awards max. 2 ECTS credits if BSc Honours Programme students take on student teaching assistant activities.

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. 

Selection

Students who have finished their first academic year on time (P in 1) and have obtained at least an average grade of 7 for all study components are eligible for the Bachelor’s Honours Programme. Students who have obtained an average grade of 8 for all study components are admitted straight away. Students who have obtained an average grade lower than 8 are asked to write a motivation letter. The director of studies of the programme in question decides whether or not these students are admitted.

Assessment

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. The assessment committee comprises the supervisors, the director of education and/or directors of studies.

All Bachelor Honours Programme students must write a paper or report about their (research) project(s).

All Bachelor Honours Programme students must have obtained at least 5 ECTS credits for participating in and successfully completing the courses offered under the TU Delft Bachelor Honours Programme. This structure allows students to decide whether they want to obtain max. 1 ECTS credit by organising other activities.

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).

 

Final assessment

Assessors

Supporting documents

 

  • Year 2, mid-March
  • End of August: Submit approved paper/research report

 

 

  • Supervisors 
  • Director of Education 
  • Directors of Studies

 

 

  • Paper(s)/report
  • Presentation at a symposium 
  • Interim results and progress 
  • Time spent on the research project: recommended approx. 15 ECTS credits or 420 hours (incl. writing the paper and organising a symposium: approx. 60 hours). 
  • At least 5 ECTS credits obtained by participating in TU-wide courses/organising activities for students on the BSc Honours Programme

 

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.

Participation in (international) congresses

The Faculty encourages students on the BSc Honours Programme to take part in an (international) conference and present a paper and/or poster. You can receive funding from the Faculty for participating in such events and for the associated travel costs. Quite often, you will also receive a contribution from the research group you are working with. This allows you to participate and gain interesting experience without it costing you anything. You can also present your written paper at the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) student conference http://www.vsnu.nl/Subsites/Home/Voor-docenten.htm

EEMCS Contacts

Joanna Daudt, Project Manager, EEMCS Honours Programmes
Rik Lopuhaa, Director of Studies, Applied Mathematics
Joost de Groot, Bachelor’s Degree Programme Coordinator, Applied Mathematics
Nick van der Meijs, Director of Studies, Electrical Engineering
Hans Tonino, Director of Studies, Computer Science

 

Forms for the TU Delft Honours Programme

Download the forms here

Name author: M.L. Korterink
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