Honours Programme Master

TU Delft offers talented and motivated students the opportunity to both invest more time in their own area of study and to broaden their horizon at the same time. Are you ready to take on an extra challenge and broaden your horizon beyond your regular course of studies? And do you want to be part of a research team of one of the professors? Then the Honours Programme Master (HPM) of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment may be just what you are looking for!

The HPM Architecture and the Built Environment (HPM A+BE) focuses especially on academic research. In a ‘master-apprentice’ system, you will set up and carry out your own research linked to one of the current research programmes, under the personal guidance of an experienced researcher. You will carry out targeted (design) research, running parallel to your regular Master’s curriculum.

About the programme

The HPM Architecture and the Built Environment as a whole amounts to 20 EC, divided in two parts, namely an interfaculty part and a faculty part:

  • 5 EC interfaculty part
    For the interfaculty part, students have to choose one of three interfaculty courses:
    • UD2010 (5 EC) – Critical Reflection on Technology. In this course you will learn to adopt a well-reasoned position on ethical and methodological issues.
    • UD2012 (5 EC) – Business Leadership for Engineers. In this course, developed by leadership experts from TU Delft and successful TU Delft-alumni, you will learn skills to cope with different aspects that are necessary for (future) leaders and to make you a more effective tech- and business leader.
    • TPM019A (5 EC) – Leadership Skills for Engineers. In this course you will develop a leadership mindset and will be trained in leadership skills by professionals.
  • 15 EC faculty part
    A research project as part of one of the faculty’s current research programmes. This research project is set up as follows:
    • MSc 1-2 semester:
      • Research Project I (AR9026HPM, 5 EC): thematic and methodical development of a self-chosen topic within the faculty’s current research programmes, resulting in a research proposal.
    • MSc 3-4 semester (up until the end of the 7th quarter):
      • Research Project II (AR9027HPM, 10 EC): (individual) in-depth (design-) research, resulting in an academic research report and exhibition (poster presentations). Can be further developed from the explorative study carried out in MSC 1-2 semester and/or in conjunction with the graduation studio (contingent upon: 1) acceptance (based on availability) into the studio and 2) approval of a short proposal by the studio coordinator)


What are the requirements?

The admission requirements for the HPM Architecture and the Built Environment are:

  • A GPA of 7.5 for a completed TU Delft Bachelor’s degree or a comparable GPA and degree if you obtained your Bachelor's degree at another university;
  • A high level of motivation to participate in the programme.

Please note that the HPM Architecture and the Built Environment starts only in the fall semester and takes two years.The HPM Architecture and the Built Environment is not open to exchange students.

What is in it for you?

If you successfully finish your Honours Programme Master as well as your regular Master’s programme within two years, you will obtain an Honours certificate signed by the Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft. This certificate states that you have finished the Honours Programme Master in Architecture and the Built Environment (please note that both the students from the HPM Architecture and the Built Environment and the students from HPM The Delta Futures Lab receive the same certificate). More importantly though, you will gain research experience in a dynamic academic environment and build up an interesting network of fellow Honours students and researchers!


Interested in participating? Application and selection takes place each year in September/October (Q1). Students are informed about this through their student mail in September.

Selection procedure

Based on the application documents, the faculty's Honours Committee makes a selection of applicants who will be invited for an interview. After the first round of interviews the Honours Committee informs applicants if they are provisionally accepted to the programme and arranges matching interviews with possible tutors. After these second round of interviews, applicants will be informed about their final admission to the programme by the Honours Committee by email. Please note that applicants will only be accepted to the programme if a match to a tutor is successful.