Double Degree in Physics and Liberal Arts & Sciences 

The Double Degree in Physics and Liberal Arts and Sciences (DDLP) is a unique programme and opportunity. You will learn about the fundamental principles and laws that govern our physical world, all in the context of a Liberal Arts and Sciences education, which promotes interdisciplinary perspectives and knowledge. The DDLP is made possible through the collaboration of University College Utrecht (UCU), the pioneer liberal arts education college in the Netherlands, and the internationally recognised Department of Physics of University Utrecht (UUDP).

After completion of this programme you will have two fully accredited bachelor’s degrees, one in Liberal Arts and Sciences and one in Physics.

THE PROGRAMME

You will follow courses and modules in physics and mathematics, both at UCU and UUDP, including the graduation thesis. The courses you take at UCU will count for your UCU degree, the courses you take at UUDP, in combination with the Physics courses completed at UCU, will count for your degree in Physics. You conclude your programme with a 15 ECTS bachelor thesis in Physics, which counts for both degrees. In your first year at UCU you complete the general UCU requirements and the physics and mathematics courses required to pre-register for the DDLP at the end of the year. During your second year you complete several DDLP-required courses in which you will be gradually introduced to the different class formats and methods at the Department of Physics. At the end of the year, you are admitted to the DDLP if you complete all required courses with at least a C. From your 5th semester onwards, you will be taking courses at both UCU, broadening your LAS training, and the Department of Physics.

The time needed to complete the DDLP is three and a half to four years. This means that in addition to the three required years at UCU, the extra time needed is 6 months to one year. Four years is the recommended time if you start in Fall. If you start in Spring it is possible to complete DDLP in three and a half years. After completing this programme you will be very well prepared to apply to all the master’s programmes in Physics at University Utrecht, or elsewhere.

enrolment in studielink

While following the DDLP programme, you need to be simultaneously registered during your third and fourth year, in both degree programmes of the double degree: Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) at UCU, and Physics.

You will need to do the following:

  • For the LAS programme at UCU, you need to re-enrol in Studielink, following the instructions usually sent out by the Central Student Administration (CSA) during the summer.
  • For the Physics programme, you need to apply in Studielink, following your approval to join the DDLP programme by UCU, before the start of your third year. 
  • In your application, there is no need to re-upload documents you submitted already as part of your original application to UCU (such as your high school transcript or your English language score), only a statement that you will join the DDLP programme.
  • In your fourth and final year of the DDLP programme, you can simply re-enrol in Studielink, for both LAS at UCU, and the Physics programme.

TUITION FEES

You only need to pay tuition fees once for each academic year. For EU/EEA students this will be the prevalent (statutory) UCU tuition fee rate; for non-EU/EEA students this will be the (statutory) Physics tuition fee rate during the period of double registration, as the highest fees are payable whilst registered on two bachelor’s degree programmes.

HOUSING

Students enrolled in DDLP are not eligible for housing on-campus at University College Utrecht in year 4.

REGISTRATION FOR COURSES

  • Courses that you take at UCU (courses starting with UC…) count towards your UCU degree (some will also count for your Physics degree)
  • Courses that you take at UUDP (courses starting with NS..) count towards your Physics degree
  • There is no need to request UUDP courses as Off-Campus Courses (OCC’s) at UCU.
  • You will register for the thesis at UUDP (on an NS research project course code); the thesis will count towards both degrees.

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