Application Process

How to Apply

To start an MSc application, fill in and submit the online application (if the link does not work, please try using another internet browser, as some browsers are known to have difficulties in showing the page). After submitting your online application, you will receive an e-mail with the link to the upload portal of TU Delft. This portal allows you to upload the required documents.

Please note that you may apply for one MSc programme only and that incomplete applications and applications submitted by mail or e-mail wll not be processed.

Detailed instructions

  • The closing date for applications for the next term, starting August 31st, 2017 is
    – December 1, 2016 for all EU/EFTA and Non-EU/EFTA students applying for a Comprehensive Scholarship
    – April 1, 2017 for all EU/EFTA and Non-EU/EFTA students NOT applying for a Comprehensive Scholarship.

    Once the application deadline has passed, it will no longer be possible to apply

  • Create a profile in the TU Delft online application system. Follow the online instructions, complete all required pages and submit your application electronically. Note, that the application requirements differ for EU/EFTA and Non-EU/EFTA students as detailed in the table at the bottom of the page. 
  • All applicants are required to pay an application fee of € 100
  • Before you apply for admission to the 2017-2019 MSc programme, please check whether you meet the admission  requirements, as described on our website.

Applicants from EU/EFTA universities

Applicants who have received high-quality Bachelor’s degrees in related subject areas (e.g. earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, engineering) from European universities with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 75% of the scale maximum are eligible to enter the joint Master’s programme.

Applicants from universities in other countries

Applicants who have received high-quality Bachelor’s degrees (e.g. a minimum upper second-class honors in the U.K. type of system or minimum grade-point averages of 75% in other systems) in appropriate subject areas (e.g. earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, engineering) from top universities in other countries may be eligible to enter the Joint Master’s programme.

Language Requirements

The language of instruction is English. All students are required to have sufficient proficiency in English to participate in classes taught in English.

All students need to submit one of the following language test results:

Proof of English language proficiency :

  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 21 for each section and an overall band score of at least 90 (internet-based test). Please note that we only accept the TOEFL internet-based test
  • or IELTS (academic version) with a minimum score of 6.0 for each section and an overall Band score of at least 6.5.
  • or proof that you have passed the University of Cambridge ‘Certificate in Advanced English’ with a minimum grade Aor the University of Cambridge ‘Certificate of Proficiency in English’.

Please note:

  1. Exempt from the English language test are:
    1. Students who followed their BSc at one of the partner universities of IDEA League Applied Geophysics (TU Delft, RWTH Aachen, ETH Zurich)
    2. Nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada
    3. Applicants who obtained a bachelor’s degree in one of the mentioned countries
  2. Certificates older than two years are not accepted
  3. For EU/EFTA nationals, the English language certificate may be uploaded until 1 July provided that all other required application documents are uploaded before the application deadline of 1 April
  4. Nationals of the People’s Republic of China only: for visa purposes you need a Nuffic certificate as proof of your English language proficiency. In order to obtain the Nuffic certificate you will need to take the IELTS or TOEFL internet-based test.

Essay Requirements*

The extensive essay should be a text of 2000-3000 words in English that covers the following points:

  1. a concise summary of courses taken during your Bachelor’s studies, together with the grades obtained
  2. a short description of your Bachelor’s thesis or final Bachelor’s assignment(s)
  3. a review of your most favoured subjects, explaining why they are favoured
  4. a review of your least favoured subjects, explaining why they are not favoured
  5. your motivation to complete a Master’s programme in Applied Geophysics
  6. your interest in the Joint Masters programme
  7. examples of three research themes in Applied Geophysics that appeal to you, together with the reasons why they are interesting

Required Documents

  EU/EFTA StudentsEU/EFTA Students applying for a tuition scholarshipOther students
1.A scanned copy of page(s) of your passport which states your name, date of birth, place of birth and the passport expiration dateYESYESYES
2.English language test (see details)YESYESYES
3.Résumé/Curriculum Vitae in EnglishYESYESYES
4.Certified copy of your academic degree(s)YESYESYES
5.If applicable; certified translations of your degree(s) in English, French, Dutch or GermanYESYESYES
6.Certified copy of your academic transcript(s)YESYESYES
7.If applicable; certified translations of your academic transcript(s) in English, French, Dutch or GermanYESYESYES
8.Two reference letters in English, French, German or DutchNONOYES
9.An extensive essay*NONOYES
10.Motivation letterNOYESNO

Please note:

The scanned documents need to be submitted in a PDF format
Certified copies of documents should bear original logos and original stamps of the offices that issued the original documents. Alternatively, certified translations should bear original logos and stamps of the sworn translators who did the translations. Forms and letters of reference should also bear original signatures.
Two reference letters in English, French, German or Dutch. The letters need to be signed, scanned and uploaded by the applicant and they can be:
– one from a professor or an assistant professor from the faculty from which you graduated
– one from your employer, if you alreadey have work experience

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