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Bachelor’s programme in Aerospace Engineering

Programmes 7 November 2007, 00:00

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering has around 1600 students, and this makes it one of the largest faculties at TU Delft. This faculty enjoys an excellent international reputation and is unique in Europe.

Aerospace Engineering is the only degree programme in which you start and graduate in the same field.

The field of aeronautics and space technology is part of our everyday lives.

  • Do you know how many people and how much cargo are transported by air every year?
  • Why does a Formula 1 car have wings? And how do they work?
  • How can you build a windmill to generate maximum energy and a minimum of noise?
  • How can you predict floods and earthquakes?

Admission requirements/previous education

  • Pre-university diploma with pure mathematics and physics
  • Pre-university education: natural sciences and technology subject cluster
  • Pre-university education: natural and health sciences subject cluster supplemented with pure mathematics II Higher professional education: with a first-year diploma in a related discipline

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering has around 1600 students, and this makes it one of the largest faculties at TU Delft. This faculty enjoys an excellent international reputation and is unique in Europe. Its degree programme is exceptionally broad. Besides the focus on developing aircraft and spacecraft systems, the programme also devotes attention to applying these systems – earth observation, wind energy and sustainable energy for example. What’s more, the faculty has an extensive package of high-tech facilities.

Within the study programme, much attention is given to teamwork and the development of communication skills. We educate professionals who can work well with others and function effectively within an internationally oriented field of activity. The atmosphere within the faculty is personal, open-minded and enthusiastic.

Aerospace Engineering is the only degree programme in which you start and graduate in the same field. Naturally, you take a lot of general theory courses at first, but you still get enough variation by sitting in on real aerospace lectures as well.

Learning to work in teams is acquired straightaway during your first year. Your team gets a room with computer facilities so that you can work on an assignment together, complete with calculations and reports. This gets you prepared for your future working environment. During your second and third years, the foundation laid in your first year is expanded upon and applied.

This is done by such means as laboratory courses. In one of these, you and five other students board our business jet, a Cessna Citation II – the faculty’s flying classroom – and take measurements while in the air. You finish off your third year with a major design synthesis exercise completed as a group in which you apply everything you’ve learned in the first three years. This assignment can range from designing an aircraft to planning a Mars mission.

The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering is the only faculty at Delft that offers not only a Bachelor’s programme taught in Dutch but also a complete Bachelor’s programme taught in English. Due to the versatility of this degree programme, your education will be so broad that you can apply for a job at many places.

About 40% of our graduates work in the aerospace sector, either here in the Netherlands or elsewhere. Around 60% do not work in the AE industry. This is because AE engineers are much in demand among large multinationals located in the Netherlands and abroad. You might be employed at Philips, Shell, TNO, or ABN AMRO, but you might also start working for a consulting or engineering firm. And you can always start your own company, of course.

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