Honours Programme Master

The faculty of Technology, Policy and Management offers an Honours Programme for Master’s students (HPM). Master’s students with above-average performance are eligible for a place on this programme, aimed at developing talent. The Honours Programme is a challenging 20 ECTS extra-curricular programme that you design yourself for the most part. It offers additional teaching, research and projects related to specific themes that you choose yourself. There is plenty of room for choice in terms of students’ personal development.                                   

You will find all information about the Master’s Honours Programme on the tabs below. You can also check out the Honours Programme Delft (HPD) general website for more information. 

In October, an information meeting will be held on the Master’s Honours Programme TPM for first year Master’s students. Students in all the Master’s programmes of the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management will be informed about this meeting.  

Facultair coördinator Honours Programme

Lisa van Heest


The application and selection process for admission to the Master’s Honours Programme takes place at the beginning of the academic year. An information meeting about the Master’s Honours Programme will also be organised during this period. The deadline for applications is November 5th for all students. You can submit your application (preferably in the form of a PDF file) to l.vanheest@tudelft.nl

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the Master’s Honours Programme you need to meet the relevant requirements. You can only apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your grade point average for the completed (TU Delft) Bachelor’s degree is 7.5
  • You are able to finish the Master’s Honours Programme within 24 months
  • You have exceptional motivation to participate in the Programme


Your application must contain the following components:

  • Documentaryproof that you meet the admission requirements (for example, a copy of the supplement to your degree certificate)
  • A letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
    • Explain why you want to enroll in the Master’s Honours Programme and what you expect to gain from it (learning objectives)
    • Describe how you see your own future: your career, ambitions and areas of interest
    • Explain how your motivation and performance show that you are eager to learn and prepared to do more than your lecturers ask of you
  • Proposed programme (might be an addition to your motivational letter)
    HPM offers you a lot of freedom to make your own choices and to choose your own direction within your Honours Programme. Describe:
    • What will be the focus of your Master’s Honours Programme
    • What elements you want to include (courses, research, project, internship, study abroad)
    • Explain how will attain the TU Delft exit qualifications for the Master’s Honours Programme (please study these before writing your proposal)
    • Your rough planning (spreading of programme activities and the additional study load during your Master)
  • Your Curriculum Vitae

Every student who meets the admission requirements and has submitted a properly completed application will be discussed by the Director of Studies and Faculty Coordinator Honours Programme. They decide whether you will be admitted to the Programme or, if applicable, be given the opportunity to provide further information.


The Honours Programme contains 20 ECTS on top of your regular masters’ (120ECTS). The programme consists of two parts: 

  1. The interfaculty part: for this part you take a 5ECTS obligated course. The goal of the interfaculty part is to develop soft-skills which can be from great use in your future career. This year we offer 3 different courses:
    1. UD2010 Critical Reflection on Technology
    2. UD2012 Business Leadership of Engineers
    3. TPM019A Leadership skills for Engineers 
      Any changes in these courses are possible
  2. The faculty part: this 15ECTS part you can put together yourself in consultation with your supervisor/coach. For example, you might work on a business-oriented assignment or engage in a research project. Or maybe want to broaden your academic development by taking part in a multi-disciplinary project at TU Delft or elsewhere. You can also choose a number of extra elective courses.
    You can use the individual component for more intensive or extensive studies. A coach will support you in working out the details of your programme. At the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, your coach will usually be the Director of Studies of the Master’s programme you are following.

HPM-students from the TU Delft will form a community in order to establish and build a network with other outstanding students, scientists and leading figures from the business community.

Please note that the programme should be completed alongside your regular Masters study (no study delay!).

  • You have to provide a report and justification for your subjects/internship/research/project;
  • You have to describe your objectives beforehand and reflect on the actual results achieved after completing the programme;
  • You have to participate in (centrally) organised events of the Delft Honours Programme community.


A Honours student who meets the completion requirements below has successfully completed the Honours Programme and will be awarded a certificate signed by the chair of the Board of Examiners and the Rector Magnificus.

Completion requirements

  • You have completed (gaining a pass for every component) your personal HP programme (at least 20 EC) as approved by the HP coordinator;
  • You have completed the Master’s programme (CoSEM/EPA/MoT) including the Honours Programme within 24 months (measured from your first enrollment of your Master’s programme until final examination date). 

Exit qualifications for the Honours Programme Master (HPM) at TU Delft

The Honours Programme Master (HPM) offers the student the possibility of deepening, widening and enriching of their knowledge gained on top of their regular master programme. The value of this programme for the student is reflected by attaining the following exit qualifications. The TU master programmes offering the HPM guarantee that the student has fully complied with the exit qualifications of the regular master programme, as well as attained at least eight of the eleven HPM exit qualifications, in accordance with the following division:

  1. “Scientific and intellectual development”; two out of three exit qualifications have been met
  2. “Research and design capabilities”; one out of two exit qualifications have been met
  3. “Communication”; two out of three exit qualifications have been met
  4. “Self-adjustment and reflection capabilities”; three out of three exit qualifications have been met
  1. Scientific and intellectual development with regards to the individual HPM programme 
    • Able to build coherent structure within his/her HPM programme.
    • Possesses knowledge of and skills necessary for fact finding, methods and technical practice, including model building within the relevant field of study. Has the skills and attitude to apply these methods to content of the HPM programme in a creative, innovative and independent manner.
    • Capable to analyze current scientific and societal consequences (economical, social, cultural, environmental) of new developments in relevant fields of study and able to integrate these into his/her HPM programme.
  2. Research and design capabilities
    • Able to work on different abstraction levels and capable of identifying and applying the appropriate abstraction level to his/her HPM programme. 
    • Within the content of his/her HPM programme, able to contribute to the developments within the chosen field of (applied) science.
  3.  Communication
    • Able to formulate independent points of view based on his/her HPM programme and is capable of communicating them in a clear and concise manner.
    • Has contributed to spreading of knowledge through activities geared towards scientific publications and/or speeches, popularizing of science, education and any other forms of contribution to the popular debate.
    • Is able to and posesses the appropriate attitude to draw other fields of study into his /her research or design process.
  4. Self-adjustment and reflection capabilities
    • Is able to formulate and argue the merits of his/her own goals and outcomes of HPM programme. Is able to argue and judge his/her own growth potential by participating in the HPM programme.
    • Able to identify new insights that might alternate the content of his/her programme and is able to adjust accordingly. 
    • Able to plan properly between requirements for the HPM programme, the regular Msc programme and any additional requirements needed to complete the HPM programme. Is able to incorporate the HPM successfully into his/her regular Msc programme.
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