Checklist for third year of Advanced Technology

In your third year there are a few important events that you need to pay attention to. This document aims to describe: the course list, finding a bachelor assignment and requesting approval and applying for the bachelor exam.

Course list

Once you have decided which master's programme you wish to continue with (usually before the end of your second year), make an appointment with the contact person for that programme (can be found online) to discuss the compulsory and optional subjects for your third year of AT. Don’t just assume that the subjects listed in the ‘route to master programmes’-document are still correct. Contact person details can be found in the master requirements matrix.

Make a plan for your third year which includes the modules that are required for the admission of your master's of your choice and the bachelor assignment. If you have EC’s left, you can fill those in with minor or other modules or courses that complement the rest of your AT curriculum. Please note that your third year programme needs to be approved by the Examination Board before you are able to start with the third year. In principle, it is not allowed to take first year modules in your third year. The exception to this rule is that you are allowed to take a first year module if this is part of the admission requirements of your master's programme. Overlap between the modules of your choice and previous taken modules isn't allowed.

Have the form ‘Request agreement for admission to the master programme’ signed by the master of your choice (it is not compulsory but we strongly advise you to do so).

In case you need (more) help compiling your course list, consult the AT study advisor.

Make sure your course load of the programme is at least 180 EC.

Once you have compiled your course list, fill in the form request approval course list which can be found on:

Submit the course list form to the AT study advisor (for the second- and third years) Mrs. Simone van Lin via email.

You will receive a letter/e-mail from the Examination Board stating whether your course list has been approved of.

Bachelor assignment

Every AT student is required to do a 15 EC bachelor assignment. You can start thinking about your bachelor assignment once you start planning your third year. Keep in mind that before you can start your B-assignment you need to have finished at least 150 EC.

The first step in finding a bachelor assignment is reading up on the research groups at the UT and their research topics. Make a list of groups that you might be interested in, and find out more about those. Once you’ve got your list down to about two or three groups, make an appointment with the contact person for bachelor assignments (name can be found on the group’s website) for those groups.

During your appointment with the group’s contact person it is important that you are well-prepared, and that you get your questions answered. At this point it is also essential that you talk about planning, this is especially important if for example you need to take a subject parallel to doing your B-assignment, or if you want to continue during the summer.

If you decided upon a bachelor assignment you need to start the bachelor assignment registration procedure, to request approval for your bachelor assignment. Start the registration procedure in Mobility Online and follow the instructions mentioned in the AT checklist. This way, you will ask the board of examiners to approve your bachelor assignment.
After you finished the application in Mobility Online, your bachelor assignment will be discussed by the Examination Board. After the meeting of the Examination Board, you will receive a letter/e-mail stating whether your bachelor assignment has been approved of and who the external examiner in your bachelor assignment committee will be. After you have received approval from the Examination Board you are allowed to start your bachelor assignment.  

More information on the bachelor assignment, and the way it will be assessed, can be found below.

Applying for the bachelor exam

When you have nearly finished all your AT courses, you can apply for your bachelor exam. This is done by filling in the ‘application form for the bachelor exam’ which can be found on the same website as the other forms. Hand in the form at BOZ-AT (Citadel H332) addressed to the Examination Board of AT. Your application will be discussed during the next meeting of the Examination Board, if you meet all the requirements they will declare that you passed your bachelor exam, and you will be invited for the next bachelor graduation ceremony.

Bachelor´s assignment

The individual Bachelor’s assignment is the completion of the Bachelor’s program. The main objective of the BSc-assignment is for the student to learn to apply a suitable research methodology under supervision. One important prerequisite of the assignment is that it has to reflect the multidisciplinary character of the Advanced Technology (AT) programme.

The assignment is performed under supervision of a Bachelor’s Assignment Committee (BAC). The assignment can be done in one of the research chairs of the UT. Under certain conditions, the assignment can be done (partially) at an external organization.


The student performs scientific research of a limited size and profundity under the supervision of a member of the scientific staff. During the first weeks of the assignment, the student has to define a research plan in accordance with the daily supervisor and the BAC. The assignment is completed with a written report (the BSc-thesis) and a public oral presentation.


The BSc-assignment has a study load of 15 EC (credits), which corresponds to duration of 420 hours (or 10.5 weeks of 40 hours etc.).

Educational objectives

The main objective of the BSc assignment is for the student to learn to apply a suitable research or design methodology under supervision. A list of the learning objectives of the BSc programme is defined in the programme specific part of the Education and Examination Regulations (the "OER"). After the BSc-assignment the student is able to perform technological research at BSc-level and communicate on the outcomes.  This implies that the student is able to:

  1. Analyse a problem with some complexity in the field of Advanced Technology.
  2. a. prepare, execute and analyse experimental or theoretical research in Advanced Technology.
    b. design, build and test a device.
  3. write a scientific report describing the result.
  4. give an oral presentation of the results to an audience of peers and is able to answer questions on the subject.
  5. be self-sufficient in organizing the work.
  6. collaborate and interact with the staff of a research group.

BSc-Assignment Committee

The BSc-Assignment Committee consists minimally of the three following members:

1. A chairperson, which is a professor or UHD of the UT research-chair in which the assignment is done,
2. A daily supervisor, which is a member of the scientific staff (this can be the chairperson),
3. A ‘external member’ of the permanent scientific staff, preferably a member of the teaching staff of AT

The external member is added to committee to:
1. ensure that BSs-assignments are assessed in a similar way,
2. provide additional knowledge and alternate views from other fields,

If the daily supervisor is a PhD-student, then preferably the supervisor of the PhD-student should be added to the committee in order to monitor the interests of the bachelor student concerned.

To assign a grade to the student for his or her assignment, at least the abovementioned members should be consulted (otherwise, the grade is not valid).

In addition to the abovementioned members, also scientific experts from outside the chair may be part of the BSc-Assignment Committee.

The BSc-assignment takes place in one of the chairs of the University of Twente. An external assignment is only possible by exception, to be judged by the Examination Board. In case of an external assignment, a scientific staff member from the UT (professor or UHD) has to take the responsibility for the assignment, and acts as chairperson of the BSc-Assignment Committee.

The needed form is uploaded at the AT website:

Assessment checklist BSc-assignment AT


• Problem analysis:
o Contents and structure of research plan,
o Use of relevant scientific literature

• Execution of the graduation assignment:
o Application of research plan (methodology),
o Basic theoretical skills,
o Basic experimental skills

• Analysis of the results:
o Application of data analysis,
o Feedback to the research goals

Report and presentation

• Report (BSc. thesis):
o Contents and structure,
o Design and lay-out,
o Language,
o Discussion of results, conclusions and recommendations,
o Literature references, list of symbols, description of laboratory set-up, etc.

• Presentation:
o Contents,
o Message, and connection to public,
o Explanation about methods and results,
o Style of presenting and use of audio-video support tools,
o Discussion and response to questions

General aspects

• General aspects:
o Originality and creativity,
o Attitude, effort, pace, dedication, commitment, organization,
o Co-operation with “problem owner” and with co-workers