2. Specialisations


The introductory TIL Fundamentals gave a good impression of the scope and variety of the TIL master programme. The Specialisations help you to take more control of the direction and content of your study.

The four available specialisations are:

  • Specialisation P - Policy: Infrastructure, Planning and Environment
    Planning, policy making, project management, assessment, behaviour of actors and organisations. 
  • Specialisation D - Design: Transport Systems & Networks
    Design, monitoring and management of transport systems and infrastructure.  
  • Specialisation O - Operations: Traffic, Technology & Control
    Operational management, methods and technologies to control traffic, vehicles and other machines.
  • Specialisation E - Engineering: Transport, Logistics & Supply Chains
    Control and optimisation of transport and production networks and the supply chains to which these belong.

A certain overlap between the specialisations is due to the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and the requirement that each TIL master student acquires a basic set of knowledge, skills and understands how to use (advanced) tools, regardless of specialisation.

Choosing the most suitable specialisation

To help you decide which specialisation would suit you best, we organize a yearly Specialisation Workshop, usually in October. During this Event we also work with the 4 TIL Toolboxes. They visualise the core themes and application areas of each Specialisation. There is no reference to specific courses in a Toolbox, because we want to express the commonalities between the courses.
In the workshop we will also introduce other main (second year) courses, in particular the TIL Design project and the TIL Thesis project.


You must choose one specialisation and successfully complete all its courses.
You don't enroll in a specialisation, but in its courses. The student administration software registers your achievements and then 'decides' based on that, that you are a student of Specialisation P, D, O or E.

You are allowed to choose more than one Specialisation within the MSc TIL.
Article 4 of the Annex of the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) applies.

Relation with final thesis project

According to TER Article 7.3 you can start your thesis project TIL5060 while lacking at most 5 points from your Specialisation and fulfilling the other obligations mentioned. This will be checked after your TIL-2 form has been received.