Ethics teaching at TU Delft


TU Delft would like to educate engineers with a broad, ‘comprehensive’  perspective, who are not only be trained to be technical experts but also are able to reflect on societal aspects of technology. For this reason, TU Delft would like to see to it that all students are offered training in ethics.

Our ethics courses come in two basic versions, which we call Ethics 1.0 and Ethics 2.0 respectively. Briefly put, Ethics 1.0 is about tailoring a course to a specific engineering education program (e.g. ethics of aerospace engineering or ethics for applied mathematics) whereas Ethics 2.0 is about tackling a theme in depth which may interest students from a variety of fields. Thus, ethics 1.0 is program-specific, and ethics 2.0 is thematic. We are transitioning to ethics 2.0 as it has the advantage that it brings together students from different programs, which facilitates their interdisciplinary working together, and the courses are based on our cutting-edge research. You can find more information about our two approaches in the pages below.

Thematic courses

Existing courses

Courses currently in development

Ethics of healthcare technologies
Computer ethics
Robot ethics

Envisioned courses - to be developed

Ethics of quantum computing

Ethical thinking is about connecting abstract concepts and real world problems. Anyone can have an intelligent opinion, but how to systematically use the abstract thinking of ethics in real world problems is the real challenge.

Dr. F. (Filippo) Santoni de Sio