In the Bachelor’s programme Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences you will trained to become a New Engineer. This means that you will get a base in Engineering, but also in Social Sciences. Next to that after finishing this Bachelor’s programme at the University College Twente, you will be able to solve worldwide problems. You will get this experience in project work and interactive courses. Read more about our project-based learning and Personal Pursuit on the next pages.

You are in Charge

The ATLAS curriculum is a framework that invites you to choose your own path. The programme is spread over six semesters. You start each semester by writing your own Personal Development Plan (PDP). One of the teachers will become your mentor and will personally guide you forward on your academic journey. In your PDP we want you to tell us what you think you need to learn and why – as well as how you propose to do it. Read more about guidance at University College Twente.  

Each semester you will write a Self-Evaluation Report (SER) based on the ambitions you described in your Personal Development Plan and on feedback you’ve had from students and staff. At UCT we don’t believe standardized tests and grades will help you in your learning or stimulate you in developing your talents. The SER is more than a reflection on your progress and development: it shows that you are in charge of providing proof of – and insight into – what you have learned in that particular semester. At the end of each semester your SER will be discussed and assessed by a panel of lecturers. 

Semesters Overview

The bachelor is a three-year educational programme, spread over six semesters and has a study load of 180 credits.

Semester 1: Movement & Human Behaviour

In the first semester Movement & Human Behaviour will be the theme of the project. The interaction between engineering and human behaviour will be the key aspect. In the Science & Math domain the courses Newtonian Mechanics, Calculus & Linear Algebra, Programming and Quantum Mechanics will be offered in order to support you in your project. For the Social Sciences domain a broad course will be given to introduce you to the variety and theories of the Social Sciences. 

Semester 2: Sustainable systems

The project for the second semester will be Sustainable Systems. Energy engineering, and Multidimensional Calculus & Optimization will be given in the Science & Math domain. The Social Sciences will cover Organizational Change, Emerging Technologies & Innovative Societies. Next to these courses you will have the freedom to choose your own courses. These courses are called Electives. They can be offered by University College Twente, but you can also choose to take courses from other studies at the University of Twente or even from other Universities.

Semester 3: Living under Extreme Conditions

Semester three will be focused around the project: Living under Extreme Conditions. For Science & Math you will do Lab work & Experimentation and Material Sciences. Next to that Ethics and Research Methodology & Experimentation will be given in the Social Sciences domain. Also in this semester you can choose your own Electives.

Semester 4: Wicked Problems

In the fourth semester you will have a lot of space to choose your own course. The project focuses on Wicked Problems. Problems that are too difficult and complex to solve with a single solution or cannot be completely solved at all! For Social Sciences you will get a course in Research Methodology & Statistics. In the Science & Math domain you will cover Big Data from the viewpoint of Informatics.

Semester 5: Electives semester

The fifth semester is also known as the electives semester. There will be no courses or projects offered by the University College Twente, but instead you can study abroad or at another university!

Semester 6: Electives & graduation

In the second semester of the third year you will choose electives and work on your graduation project. The graduation project as well as the electives will help you make sure that you will qualify for an Honours level Bachelor’s degree and that you will meet the entrance requirements of your preferred Master’s programme. Learn more about your future prospects after graduating from the ATLAS programme

Personal Pathways 

Every ATLAS student chooses an unique path during their six semesters in the programme. Students start off with the same courses in engineering, mathematics, and social sciences in semester 1. In each following semester they can explore or deepen their knowledge in subjects of their choice through electives and personal projects, hereby slowly developing their expertise. After their six semesters in the programme they have found their individual profile as an ATLAS engineer. 

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