Minor Airport of the Future

The minor Airport of the Future is jointly organised by the faculties of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE), Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), and Aerospace Engineering (AE). The minor is aimed at engineering students from all bachelor programmes offered at TU Delft, who are interested in the design, planning, management and operational aspects of airports.

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Minor description

An airport operates in a competitive, dynamic, complex, and unpredictable environment. Development and growth of any large airport is to a large extent determined by its ability to balance business realities, long-term expansion requirements, and environmental and social demands. The minor Airport of the Future is oriented to those engineering students who would like to understand how airports are designed, planned and operated in such a complex and uncertain environment. The issues confronting airports, both at the operational and strategic level, are truly multi-disciplinary in nature. The minor Airport of the Future is able to cover the entire multidisciplinary field of airport development, planning and operation through clustering of knowledge from various branches of science and technology available within the TU Delft.

The minor focuses on the actual problems that can arise in airport design and operation, and on the practical effective ways to deal with them. Theory and methodology appear only to the extent that they are relevant and useful. Participating students need no specific experience or skills to successfully complete the minor.

The domain of airport design, planning and operation involves a wide range of disciplines. By harnessing all of TU Delft’s expertise in the domain of airport development and operation, the full range of aspects can be covered within the minor in a comprehensive and coherent manner, including airport landside accessibility issues (CEG), passenger and baggage flows in an airport terminal (IDE), airside issues (AE) and microwave sensors and radars (EEMCS). Students participating in the minor will be exposed to the full array of multi-disciplinary issues, and will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, working together to produce “total solutions” for the key airport issues. In this sense, the minor Airport of Future provides an appealing opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of their own discipline.

Minor structure

The minor comprises four “blocks” of courses and associated exercises (each block is associated to one particular faculty), and is concluded with a comprehensive capstone project (6 ECTS) that helps students integrate and apply the multidisciplinary knowledge and strategies learned in the various courses.

  • Block 1: passenger and baggage flows in an airport terminal ( 6 ECTS, IDE)
  • Block 2: airport landside accessibility (6 ECTS, CEG)
  • Block 3: microwave sensors and radars for airport applications (4 ECTS, EEMCS)
  • Block 4: air transport and airport airside planning and operations (8 ECTS, AE)
  • Capstone project (6 ECTS)

More course information

For more information about the courses within this minor, please visit: brightspace-cc.tudelft.nl/course/2020/airport-of-the-future-minor-2017



Who may attend?

The minor is aimed at engineering students from all bachelor programmes offered at the TU Delft, who are interested in the design, planning, management and operational aspects of airports.

The minor Airport of the Future is designed in such a way that eligible students from all engineering disciplines can enter the minor programme, without the need for specific prerequisite courses. Students from all BSc programmes that enter the minor will follow one and the same minor programme, without any subdivision into tracks. They are also expected to all attain the same level of knowledge and skill (i.e., meet the minor exit qualifications) after completing the minor, regardless of their background. Engineering students from TU Delft are eligible to enter the minor once 90 ECTS of their respective BSc programme has been completed. Students that do not fully, but nearly, comply with these requirements may apply for admission, but acceptance will be judged and granted on a case by case basis.

The minimum number of participants is 15; the maximum number is 80. All courses, exercises and labwork are given in English only.

How to register?

For more information about registration and application, please go to: www.tudelft.nl/en/education/admission-and-application/minors/.