Non-Dutch BSc degree

General requirements

All general information regarding admission and application for TU Delft MSc programmes is available on this site

Please note: For students from Australia and New Zealand it is possible to apply for the MSc programme Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science with a bachelor of Science degree First Class, Second Class (Upper Division), High Distinction or Distinction.

For students from Scotland it is possible to apply for the MSc programme Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science with a Bachelor (Ordinary) degree with Upper Second or First Class Bachelor.

The portfolio

Applicants must meet TU Delft’s general admission requirements for international applicants, and are selected on the basis of a digital portfolio. A Portfolio is required for all MSc tracks; ArchitectureBuilding TechnologyLandscape ArchitectureManagement in the Built Environment and Urbanism. The digital portfolio should include samples of work from your previous educational programme. Working experience may be added to the portfolio. A portfolio should reflect the scope and variety of your previous training and experience with specific emphasis on your knowledge of and skills in the degree track for which you are applying. You should submit work that represents your personal interests as well as your design and technological abilities.

In general, we look for candidates who demonstrate strong interest in a variety of design approaches and methods as well as theoretical and technical knowledge. We look for those who can engage themselves in an intellectually rigorous manner. We believe that pursuing an advanced degree in architecture requires perspectives and interests beyond the technical conventions of the profession.

Neatness and clarity of presentation are extremely important as they reflect both your attitude towards your work as well as your ability to communicate your work in a comprehensive and deliberate manner.

What to include in your portfolio

The portfolio cover should include your full name and contact information.

Number and nature of projects:

  • Include a total maximum of 5 projects.
  • Include no more than 2 professional projects.
  • Include at least one individual project.
  • Include your final project (if you have not yet completed it, include your most recent project).
  • At least one of the projects included should clearly demonstrate your capabilities with respects to structural and technical project viability.  We highly recommend that these structural and technical aspects are exhibited in either the final thesis project, or alternatively, your most recent or most advanced level, project.
  • Include a summary of your motivation letter of no more than 400 words.

You should present your best (and/or most thorough) projects and describe them in detail (in English), graphically demonstrating your ability to initiate and follow through the design process. 

Please present clearly the specific issues of your interest and the steps/methods/techniques you followed in each design exercise, not just the end results. Please keep in mind that you are applying for an academic programme and therefore should be able to display your attitude and approach appropriate for it.

You don't necessarily need to include free-hand sketches/paintings/handicraft as the application is not for an undergraduate programme. (If you do, please put them at the end of the portfolio in 2-3 pages.) Please consider carefully the distribution and the range of your portfolio's contents.

Please keep in mind that the admissions committee judges your individual skills. In general individual projects show your capacities better than group work. If you decide to add group projects, please indicate carefully what your contribution is. If this is not clear to the committee they can’t judge your personal skills and this might decrease your chances of being admitted to the MSc track.

Project documentation

Per project include:

  • concept sketches, showing preliminary visual (and verbal when relevant) development of ideas, approaches and methods and showing how you organise your ideas.
  • finished drawings of original design work, documenting in a clear and precise manner both the intention and the resolution of each project.
  • a written explanation in English of the design concept and solution. Here you should include the inspiration behind the project as well as the goals and objectives of the design. Be clear and concise. Longer texts should be worked out in the form of your letter of motivation.

Please note that for all drawings we require you to include the name of the author.

Per project define
  • name and location of the project
  • if it is academic or professional
  • if it is individual or group work
  • your role in the process
  • your exact contribution to the project
  • the level of the project (year/semester of your study in which the project was carried out)
  • date when the project was carried out
  • name and email address of the supervisor of the project
The size of your portfolio

The size of your portfolio

Please be aware that quality is more important than quantity. Note that portfolios are evaluated digitally and should be easily readable without zooming or scrolling. Therefore: 

  • The size of your portfolio should not exceed 20 MB.
  • The size of the pages should not exceed A4.
  • The number of pages should not exceed 30 A4 size pages.
  • It is not allowed to show more than one A4 size page per screen 
  • It is not allowed to use the booklet format because that is two pages per screen
  • The format should be pdf.
  • Be aware that a landscape layout suits our requirements best.  


We will work strictly to these requirements. If you do not meet them, your portfolio will not be evaluated and you will not be given another chance to apply this academic year.

Please note:
Though we take the utmost care with all submitted documentation, we cannot be responsible for files that have been sent either corrupted, incomplete or beyond the maximum size accepted by our system (see below: ‘How to send your portfolio’). Therefore, we highly advise you to check and double check your PDF documents before sending.

Evaluation criteria per programme/track:

Application does not guarantee admission

Please note that you are not assured of admission simply by meeting our requirements and sending us all the required documents. Your application will be evaluated by at least two expert members of the admissions committee for the track for which you apply. They will then decide if you qualify for admission based on the information and materials provided in your application.

Applicants will only be evaluated once during an academic year; it is not possible to send new documents for re-evaluation in the same academic year.

Application procedure 2021-2023

The application procedure for the Master Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences programme (for intake for 2021-2023) will be as follows: 

  • For Non-EU/EFTA nationals: The application deadline is 15 January 2021 (23:59 CEST); selective admission will take place on the basis of the entire application package. The MSc Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment strives for a diverse and balanced student population. This will be taken into account in the admission procedure. A maximum number of Non-EU/EFTA nationals can be accepted to these MSc programmes. 
  • For EU/EFTA nationals: A rolling admissions policy applies. This means that complete applications will be reviewed. The application deadline is 1 April 2021 (23:59 CEST).

Our online application system will be available as from 15 October 2020.


After reviewing your application, the admissions committee may invite you to interview. Interviews are by invitation only after all application materials have been received and initially reviewed by the admissions committee. If invited to interview, you will receive the invitation and scheduling information via email. Interviews are conducted over Skype; or, when logistically possible, held in person in Delft. Interviews are conducted by a member of the admissions committee, who will have thoroughly read your entire application package. 

Exchange programme

Exchange students do not receive an academic degree or a diploma. During their studies in Delft, they remain registered at their home university. All general information regarding admission and application for the exchange programme is available on this site.

Please note: "Free movers" are not accepted. 

General questions about admission and application with a non-Dutch BSc degree?

Contact Centre Education & Student Affairs

Questions about the faculty's exchange or master programme?

International Office BK