5. Thesis and Graduation Portal


This is the final act of your MSc study. Here you find guidelines, rules and tips to support your project management. Take some time to read it all before you ask help from (potential) supervisors, professors, the Graduation Coordinator(s), the Programme Coordinator, SPA or secretaries.


The aim of this individual project is twofold: First, to deep-dive in a (new) topic of your own liking, to learn new tools, improve your skills and (in most cases) work in for an external organisation. Second, it allows us to test if you fulfil these academic requirements:

  • Research quality: You become master of your graduation topic and contribute to the reduction of one (or more) research gap(s) you identified in your problem analysis. You write a scientific paper with the highlights of your work;
  • Research competences: You initiate, manage and plan your work effectively and efficiently. You meet your supervisors and other experts (on site/online) regularly to discuss your progress. You use these discussions to improve your work; 
  • Reporting skills: You produce thesis documents (chapters or sections), which together lead to a final thesis report that meets the requirements as described in the TIL Master Thesis Grading rubric (use this during your project);
  • Presentation skills: You are able to present and discuss intermediate project results with your supervisors and present and defend the final results convincingly.

The TIL programme is interdisciplinary, which means that your topic is studied from several perspectives. You apply theory and methods related with these perspectives, which usually have been taught in earlier MSc (and BSc) courses.

Thesis planning

Scheduling a thesis project is a dynamic activity. You are the active project and process manager. Your supervisors are in principle re-active. They will however become active if you find it difficult to manage your project, because of internal or external reasons. Ask for support in an early stage.

Here you can find all information about project execution.

Result: a report or design

The final thesis product is a report (or a design product) that must be presented and defended.

Appendix A of your thesis contains your scientific paper (> 4. Project Execution / Tips & tricks tab - Reporting tips).


The work is valued at 30 EC (6 months).

Covid policy

Each project is carried out within the limitations of the COVID policy of the TU Delft and the commissioner.
This also holds for projects outside the Netherlands. Visit the web pages of the International Office
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