The Bachelor's programme in Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS) at University College Twente is a three-year educational programme taught entirely in English. The ATLAS curriculum is firmly based in sciencemathematicsengineering and social sciences. You will learn about these subjects in interactive courses and workshops, and you will apply what you have learned in a project setting. Read more about our project-based learning and how you can design your own programme and go beyond the curriculum on the next pages.

Top-rated programme

As of November 2015, the ATLAS programme is ranked as a 'Top-Rated Study Programme 2016'. This places ATLAS among the best study programmes in the Netherlands. Interested? Read more about University College Twente in Facts & Figures.

No fixed courses, no exams, no marks

At UCT there are no fixed courses, no exams, no marks. You start each semester by writing your own Personal Development Plan. And you finish by presenting an extensive Self Evaluation Report, based partly on feedback you’ve had from students and staff on many different aspects of your performance and progress (feedback is a big buzzword here!). We want you to tell us what you think you need to learn and why – as well as how you propose to do it and whether, by the end, you’ve done it. 


The ATLAS curriculum is a framework that invites you to choose your own path. The programme is spread over six semesters, and has a study load of 180 credits.

The first two years

The first four semesters (i.e. the first two years) have a central theme to provide you with a structure within which you can plan and develop your learning. By basing our curriculum on themes, we ensure that the knowledge and skills you acquire are connected in a meaningful way and that you learn how technological and social developments influence and reinforce each other.

The third year

The final two semesters, i.e. the third year, centre on elective space and your graduation project. In the electives semester, you can study abroad or at another university. In the second semester of the third year you will work on your graduation project. This means your final year is entirely tailored to your specific needs and wishes. At the same time, 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 Pursuit

Throughout the ATLAS programme, you will devote 10% of your curriculum to your individual learning project. We call it Personal Pursuit. You can use this space to go beyond the curriculum and develop your talents, explore other interests and pursue your passion. Read more about going beyond the curriculum and pursuing your passion.

Download the course overview

You can download the curriculum for all three years using the download widget on this page. The PDF file will give you an overview of the courses and project work you can expect throughout the three years of the BSc programme Technology and Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS).


For one third of your curriculum, you will work in teams on semester-long, multidisciplinary projects. These projects offer you a chance to apply in practice the knowledge you have gained in  the courses. You and your team will be presented with an ill-defined situation, which you will need to re-define, identifying the problem and devising the solution by researching the relevant theory. Read more about project-based learning.


Our student-centred approach means that the learning process at University College Twente is driven by you. Throughout the process, a creative team of academic staff and teachers are on hand to offer support and guidance.

  • Tutors - a team of teachers who will coach your project team during the project assignment.
  • Advisors - experts you can consult if you have decided you need to acquire additional knowledge in order to complete your project assignment.
  • Lecturers - teachers who teach courses in science, mathematics, engineering and social sciences.
  • Mentors - teachers assigned to individual students at the beginning of each year to guide you forward on your academic path and to assist you in making decisions about your personal development – an essential aspect of our programme.
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