The Double Degree in Physics and Liberal Arts and Sciences (DDLP) is a unique programme that integrates the liberal arts educational approach, pioneered in the Netherlands by University College Utrecht (UCU) with the traditional physics training offered by the internationally recognised Department of Physics of University Utrecht (UUDP). More specifically, it offers an innovative model to train physicists combining sound disciplinary knowledge in physics with broader communication competences and interdisciplinary perspectives. By pursuing both degrees simultaneously you optimise time, facilitate planning for a prospective Master of Science degree in Physics, and avoid paying the higher institutional tuition fees for a second bachelor degree. 

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

The Programme

The total number of credits in the DDLP in physics and mathematics courses and modules, both at UCU and UUDP, including the graduation thesis is 125 ECTS. In the 1st year you complete the UCU wide requirements courses and the physics and mathematics courses required to pre-register to the DDLP at the end of the year. During the 2nd 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, based on a set of motivation criteria and academic performance, you are admitted to the DDLP. For the remaining semesters of your programme, you take courses at both UCU, broadening your LA&S training and the UU Department of Physics. You conclude your programme with a 15 ECTS Bachelor thesis. The time needed to complete DDLP is three and a half to four years. This means that in addition to the three regular years at UCU the extra time needed is half a year 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 are well prepared to apply to all master’s programmes in physics at UU, elsewhere in the Netherlands, or abroad.


Check out the DDLP booklet to find out how to join this programme.

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