Interdisciplinary Honours Class NEXT GENERATION ROBOTICS (NGR)

Extra programme for first-year bachelor students

Robotics is a multi- and interdisciplinary engineering domain. The creation of innovative robots needs high level research in all disciplines involved. It is a “mission” in which top level engineers of these disciplines work closely together. Currently the TU Delft does not offer bachelor programmes with this “mission” scope. It is expected that industry will need more and more these broadly educated and mission driven engineers (Kamp & Klaassen, 2016). We want to attract excellent and motivated students from this mission driven group already in the first year of study, by offering them a challenging robotics programme. The size of the programme is 30 EC (credits) on top of the regular programme (180 EC) and both programmes have to be completed within three years.

What is the Interdisciplinary Honours Class NGR?

The Interdisciplinary Honours Class NGR is an extra programme and starts in the first year of the regular bachelor programme. It has a duration of 2.5 years with a size of at least 30 EC and max. 45 EC, in which students complete a full “design circle”. They do this by starting with the definition of a mission in the first year and ending with implementation, operation, evaluation of the results and suggestions for a next step in a dedicated minor and bachelor thesis (team) project. The NGR programme aims for the same target group as the students that are aimed for the regular Honours Programmes (HPB). Therefore, a successful first year in the NGR programme will meet the requirements for selection into the HPB (see below).

What does the NGR programme offer?

Theory and masterclasses : 7-12 EC

Extra courses from other domains to acquire theory necessary for developing robots next generation. Extra theory is dependent of major regular programme. Necessary knowledge: mechanics, programming skills, electronics, data-acquisition, systems and control, sensors, micro controllers, basics embedded systems, basics human-machine interaction.

Projects: 12-30 EC

  • Students define a mission that can be used to create a consistent set of projects over the years
  • Students can choose a project to work in small groups (2-3 students)
  • Students can choose for small projects or one large project
  • Students write a paper as result of at least one project

Other parts of programme

  • Special cases/topics
  • Participation (international) conferences in the robotics field
  • (International) collaboration (competitions/summer courses etc.)
  • Industry visits and projects
  • Implementation of the full mission, demonstrate it and interpret the results
  • Be part of the outreach programme of the university

How many hours will I have to study?

An average student needs 28 hours of study to obtain 1 EC point. This means that an average student must study 40 hours per week for the regular 60 EC year programme. The Honours Class NGR has 10 additional EC per year, bringing the total to 70 EC. But it is expected that excellent students need less time than average students. The Honours Class NGR starts in the second semester and the programme will cost you on average 8-10 hours extra per week. It is our experience that students selected for this programme in 2016-2017, also use part of the (summer) holidays to work on projects.

Who can apply for this extra programme?

Excellent and talented first-year bachelor students from:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Max. 15 participants. Three or four students from each faculty. The students will form a team.

What are the admission criteria?

  • Your grades at high school (min. GPA Mathematics B and Physics: 8 or equivalent for international students) and your grades in the first quarter at TU Delft, will give us confidence how you cope with your regular programme. The higher these grades, the higher your chance to be selected.
  • Next to these pieces of evidence (high school grade list and MyTUDelft list with courses and grades first quarter), we expect a motivation letter and a recommendation letter from one of your teachers at high school.
  • In the motivation letter we expect that you:
    • describe your experience in the past with making a robot
    • describe your experience with solving complex problems in a team
    • describe examples that prove you are goal-oriented and have the perseverance to achieve your goals
    • describe robot applications that inspire you
    • describe your motivation and ambitions to make a difference in Robotics Next Generation.


If you are, or plan to become a member of a student association, we advise you not to apply because this membership will take up too much of your time.

How can I apply?

You can apply between in the first week of December by sending all the required documents to the EEMCS faculty honours coordinator: Joanna Daudt. Use the subject: Application IET NGR

You can be invited for an interview in December. Before Christmas the results of the selection will be announced.

Timeline for involved programmes and students:


Early December

Mid December

Before Christmas

Early February

Information about NGR
NGR will be announced at the involved programmes

Application open

Deadline application

Results selection

Start Honours Class NGR

What do we expect from the selected students?

  • Students are expected to finish the first year of their regular study in one year with a grade point average of 7.5 or higher with inclusion of the assignments. Participation in this programme will be stopped if the student does not meet the selection criteria for the Honours Class.
  • Students are expected to finish regular programme and the Integrated Honours Class in three years in order to receive an Honours Certificate and a certificate from the Robotics Institute (some extension is possible depending on the faculty policy with regards to the duration of the Honours Class).
  • Expected study load:
    • First year: 8-10 EC: Mission statement/ambitions, catching up missing knowledge with TU Delft courses or MOOC’s; master classes, excursions, start project
    • Second year: 10-12 EC: Catching up missing knowledge, project(s), master classes, excursions, interfaculty modules Honours Class (max. 5 EC)
    • Third year: 8-12 EC: Project(s), master classes, participation competitions, writing paper, participation honours symposium
  • Students will be encouraged to take courses (max. 5 EC) offered by TU Delft and meant for all honours students.
  • Taking the minor (advanced) Robotics is strongly advised.
  • It is expected that selected and admitted students also choose a robotics research/development assignment in their final bachelor thesis (supervision and assessment according the guide lines and assessment criteria from their major programme).

What are the returns on investment for students?

  • Early orientation and preparation to become inter- and multidisciplinary innovative team players in robotics.
  • Experience to work with (research and industrial) experts and motivated peers.
  • Extra challenge to broaden and deepen knowledge and experience.
  • Possibility to experience state of the art developments in research and industry.
  • Possibility to explore your own creativity, communication and innovative skills.
  • After the first year regular programme students become member of the TU Delft Honours Community (if they have met all the demands).
  • This special programme will enable early network building in the robotics field.
  • Possibility to work on a mission from the start with enough time and skills to accomplish thispossibility to write and present a scientific paper.
  • Possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team and to experiment with the different engineering roles.
  • Possibility to choose for master track Robotics from three faculties (Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering).
  • This Honours Class is embedded in the TU Delft Robotics Institute and students become part of the (international) robotics community.

Do I pay additional tuition fees?

No additional fees are charged for enrolling into the Honours Class NGR. It is possible that during the programme students can have some additional costs.

Do I get a TU Delft Honours Certificate upon successful completion of the Honours Class NGR?

If you successfully complete the Interdisciplinary Honours Class Next Generation Robotics within three years, you will receive a TU Delft Honours Certificate. More information about the TU Delft Honours Programme can be found on this website. Next to this Honours Certificate you will also receive an extra certificate from the TU Delft Robotics Institute that you have successfully completed the Next Generation Robotics Interdisciplinary Honours Class.

What if this Honours Class is too much for me?

If you feel you have misjudged the level of the Honours Class NGR or the amount of work, you can stop at any time and continue as a regular student with your bachelor studies. It is a good idea to discuss this with the project leader/coordinator.

Where can I find more information about the Honours Class NGR?

On this website you can find more information about the Honours Class Next Generation Robotics.

What is the Honours Programme for second- and third-year bachelor students?

The Honours Programme is for ambitious second- and third-year bachelor students who are looking for a challenge over and above what their curriculum offers. This is in addition to the regular study programme. It gives the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge in or outside the field of specialisation, to work on personal development and to collaborate with students on other programmes.


Kamp, A & Klaassen, R (2016). Impact of global forces and empowering situations on engineering education in 2030. In s.n. (Ed.), Proceedings of the 12th international CDIO conference (pp. 1-20). Turku: CDIO.