Content and Structure of the new MSc programmes

What is the biggest difference between the current and the new MSc programmes?

  • The new MSc programmes are built upon modules. In the first year, students start in Q1 with a broad and common faculty module Modelling, Uncertainty, and Data for Engineers (MUDE). This modules is identical for all three master’s programmes. During the first year, students also follow a the core programme module. In Q2 they choose one of the track A modules. In Q3 the students will start to follow their own track / learning line. In Q3 they can choose one of the associated A-modules, and in Q4 they take track B modules for applying knowledge from Q1 and Q2.

  • The following image explains how the programmes are built upon modules:

  • In the second year, Q5 (Q1) is an elective quarter in which students can opt for a JIP, MDP/internship, exchange, or courses at TU Delft or other universities. In Q6 (Q2) of the second year they choose crossovers based on research/design themes in which students from our faculty join. Students can also opt for two in-depth courses. This way, students will have the freedom to design their own personalised programme.

  • Students make a well-informed choice for a track within CE/EnvEng or for a learning line within AES, after the MUDE module and the core programme module. These two modules contain fundamentals for the entire programme but also more generic topics which are relevant for all following modules.

  • The admission will be per Master’s programme. There are no additional requirements for tracks or learning lines.

What will be the relation between technical and theory subjects?

There is a good mix between theory and application. In each programme students start with gaining more theoretical knowledge that leads to application in the later stages of year 1. Furthermore, the programmes are using many projects and examples from practice to illustrate the theory.

Which tracks are available in new MSc programmes?

  • The MSc programme AES will consist of four learning lines:

    • Climate & Weather

    • Earth Observation

    • Geo-Resource Engineering

    • Geo-Energy Engineering

  • The MSc programme CE has six tracks:

    • Structural Engineering

    • Construction Materials Engineering

    • Hydraulic Engineering

    • Hydraulic and Offshore Structures Engineering

    • Traffic and Transport Engineering

    • Geotechnical Engineering

  • The MSc programme EnvEng offers three tracks:

    • Resource and Waste Engineering

    • Water Resources Engineering

    • Atmospheric Environment Engineering

How are the current tracks of AES be related to the new learning lines?

The MSc programme AES will consist of four learning lines. The content of the current tracks Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources will correspond with the learning lines of the same name. The current track Geoscience and Remote Sensing will be divided in learning lines Earth Observation and Climate & Weather.

The new MSc programme Environmental Engineering will include the track Water Resource Management. How is this different from the current Water Management?

Water Management and the environmental technology specialisation are fully reflected in the Water Resources track.

Environmental science is partly reflected in the Atmospheric Environment Engineering track when it comes to air quality and urban climate. Global climate and climate modelling are part of the MSc programme AES.

How are the current tracks of CE be related to the new tracks?

  • The current Building Engineering and Structural Engineering track will be restructured in a new Structural Engineering track. Construction materials will be a new track but in the current programme it is a specialisation within the Structural Engineering track. It also needs to be noted that this current specialisation focuses on materials and environment, whereas the new track construction materials will put the emphasis on materials and mechanics.
  • Hydraulic and offshore Structures will be a new developed track, including elements that can be found in the current programme as well.
  • The current CE Water Management and Environmental Engineering tracks will be discontinued and these parts transfer to the new Environmental Engineering programme. 
  • The track Geoscience and Remote Sensing will be discontinued in CE but parts of sensing and monitoring will be included in the CE tracks and in the starting module MUDE.

What will happen with the European Mining Course?

The European Mining Course will be replaced by the learning line Geo-Recourses Engineering, which will be fully carried out by TU Delft.

Will Applied Geophysics continue to exist?

Yes, Applied Geophysics will continue to exist as an unmodified track in the AES master program at least until 2022, but we are working towards changing the joint master applied geophysics into an independent master program that should start in 2023. This change will not incur any changes in the content of the program or its organisation.

Is the track Geo-Engineering still available to AES students?

As of September 2022, the track Geo-Engineering will be embedded in the Civil Engineering programme. AES bachelor students who are interested in the field of Geotechnical Engineering will therefore have to continue studies in the MSc Civil Engineering. For these students a bridging programme will be offered which fits in the 180 EC of the AES bachelor. The content of this bridging programme will be communicated later this year.

Why do BSc AES students who are interested in the track Geo–Engineering (part of Civil Engineering as per September 2022) need to take a bridging programme?

Students in the new master programmes will not be admitted to specific tracks, but to an entire MSc programme, regardless of the track they eventually choose. The content of the new Geo-Engineering track will be included in the new Civil Engineering master's programme as per September 2022. Because the BSc AES offers insufficient basis for all the entry requirements of the MSc CE, a bridging programme will be offered. Further information on this will follow.

Will current students of the European Mining Course and Applied Geophysics still be able to do their thesis in Delft?

Current students of the European Mining Course and Applied Geophysics will continue their study as planned and will still be able to do their thesis in Delft.

Will the specialisations within the current MSc's programme be retained?

No. There will be no specialisations in the new MSc programmes.

However, within the tracks, students can choose from various A and B modules, allowing them to develop in a particular direction. Also, by selecting specific projects, electives (Q5) and by choosing a MSc thesis topic (Q7 and 8), students can tailor their individual programme to their own needs and interests.

Will it be possible to switch between different MSc programmes and different tracks?

Tracks are pre-set programmes within a master programme. Tracks are approved by the Board of Examiners. Therefore, it is not possible to combine modules of different tracks within a track. Students who want to take modules from other tracks, can do so as an extracurricular addition to their programme.

Students who want to make use of the possibility to compose a free and individual programme (TER CE, Annex Art 19, TER AES, Art 15) need prior approval from the Board of Examiners. The BoE will assess whether the final attainments of the proposed individual programme are met.

When do I have to decide which track I want to follow?

At the end of Q1 students will choose a track (CE and EnvEng) or a learning line (AES).

Is an internship possible in the new programmes?

  • In the MSc AES an internship is not possible.

  • In the MSc CE and EnvEng an internship of 15 EC is possible within Q5.

Can I take track modules or electives before passing MUDE?

Yes. Students can take track courses or electives before passing the common module Modelling, Uncertainty, and Data for Engineers (MUDE).

Is it possible to choose electives from other universities?

Yes. It is possible to choose electives from other universities in Q5.