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 (graduation).
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 to your master's of your choice and the bachelor assignment. If you have EC’s left, you can fill those in with minors or other modules or courses that complement the rest of your AT curriculum. You could also see if you like any of the courses in the admission matrices for other masters. 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 from another bachelor's programme in your third year of AT. The exception to this rule is that you can take a first year module if this is part of the admission requirements of your master's programme. Overlap in content between the modules of your choice and previously taken modules isn't allowed.
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: http://www.utwente.nl/at/forms/
Submit the course list form to the AT study advisor (for the second- and third years) Michiel Scholten. Depending on the content of your list, he will either sign it himself, send it to the Examination Board to ask their decision, or contact you about making changes.
Every AT student is required to do a 15 EC (420 hours) 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 all of AT modules 1 to 8, plus enough additional courses to reach 140 EC (temporarily reduced from 150 EC during the corona crisis).
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, especially if 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. This happens in 2 steps:
1. You request approval from the Examination Board. Submit the PDF form 1 month before the intended starting date. The purpose of this step is checking whether the proposed work is suitable for graduating AT. You need this approval before you start the work. The contact for this step is BEX-AT@utwente.nl
2. You register the bachelor assignment in Mobility Online. The purpose of this step is mainly to inform the university where you will be working. The contact for this step is BOZ-AT@utwente.nl. Direct links: fill out this form if you are working at the UT, or this form if you are working elsewhere (in NL or abroad). Submit both forms if you perform some work at the UT and some work externally.
You need to complete both steps 1 and 2 above.
Applying for the bachelor exam
The Examination Board does not automatically assume that you want to graduate when you meet the conditions, because some students want to remain enrolled in AT for longer to participate in an event or take additional courses. (Graduation terminates your enrolment as active student and thus your right to participate in exams and certain events - at least until your re-enrolment for a new programme is complete.)
Therefore, you need to give notice that you want to graduate by sending the ‘application form for the bachelor exam’ to the Examination Board. This PDF can be found on the same webpage as the other forms. Send it while still working on your final courses for AT, so that the staff can already start with the pre-graduation checks. If you aim to graduate before September, give notice in June or July (rather than August) so you leave yourself some time to solve any issues that might come up, such as an outdated course list.
The official date of graduation depends on when you took your final exam (which can also be the bachelor's colloquium). Although your graduation can only be confirmed when the result of your last exam is known, the official graduation date is the date on which you took this exam. Once BOZ receives your final result, they need some time to check all the conditions for graduation, and after this you receive a letter congratulating you with your graduation. At that moment, we also inform the central student administration (CSA) of your graduation. Master's programmes at the UT can then immediately see that you have graduated AT, even if you have not yet picked up the diploma or attended the ceremony.