MSc Engineering and Policy Analysis

Do you want to work on real life cases together with multinationals and NGO’s focussing on the interaction between nature, society and technology? Be part of an international student community with students from various engineering backgrounds, at the highest ranked Dutch University of Technology? Study in the middle of the Central Innovation District in The Hague, home to the Dutch government, at the Campus The Hague of TU Delft? Work with cutting-edge modelling tools that prepare you for the field work and enjoy excellent job prospects after graduation? Then register for the MSc programme Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA). 

Degree: Master of Science Engineering and Policy Analysis

Credits: 120 ECTS, 24 months, full time

Accreditation: Accredited by NVAO

Starts in: September

Language: English

Location: The first year of EPA is taught in the city of The Hague. The second year will be taught partly in Delft.

Application deadline: April 1st (International), May 1st (Dutch)

Scholarships: Tuition free scholarships available

What you will learn

The central focus is on analysing and solving complex problems that involve many parties with conflicting interests. The two fundamental themes of the EPA programme are policy & politics and analytics, modelling & simulation. Complex problems require solutions that not only solve the technological aspect of it, but also to address the societal and political aspects by the interactions and participation of different parties involved. As a student you will work on real and actual cases, such as the Ebola outbreak, the banking crisis, scarce metals or the introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier, often with the real commissioner of the work at arm’s length. Also, climate change policy adaption is a topic commonly analysed through EPA lenses: which policies would be feasible in specific contexts, what will the future look like and how can different societies adapt to it in better ways?

The core contents of the EPA programme are:

Grand Challenges

What are the Grand Challenges for the coming decennia? Water, Energy, Food, Health, Safety and Security issues, Development, Cyber Security. Solving the Grand Challenges requires your technical knowhow and engineering DNA: an analytical skill set, comfortable with data, and fascinated by technology. The EPA master challenges your engineering skills and engineering DNA to analyse, model and design solutions to these grand challenges.

Socio-political skills

If you want to have impact in the real world, you need leadership and management skills. You need to understand how the game of decision-making is being played: what strategies and tactics are used, how government and industry try to influence each other, how the public perception is being shaped. EPA teaches you socio-political skills with real-life cases.

Analytics, modelling and simulation

To support informed decision-making, data analytics and cutting edge modelling techniques are valuable tools. You will be introduced to different modelling and simulation paradigms, which support long-term decision-making on complex societal issues. You will become a proficient user of these techniques and will work with up to date computer programmes which are used in the work field. Therefore, in-depth knowledge of computer engineering is highly recommended.

International environment

Future engineers will be working in a diverse and international environment. EPA is an international oriented programme and attracts students from a wide range of countries thus forming the ideal starting ground for an international career. 

Interdisciplinary approach

At the heart of the EPA programme lays an interdisciplinary approach. In today's society technology is no longer sufficient for solving problems; we need to consider organisational, legal, administrative, commercial and managerial aspects as well.

The EPA interdisciplinary programme is broader than (monodisciplinary) engineering studies such as chemical, mechanical, or software engineering. This makes the EPA programme an interesting - but at the same time complicated - field of study and work. The EPA modules therefore are prepared and taught by staff from a wide range of disciplines: mathematicians, technologists, economists, lawyers and social scientists.

We strongly believe that student performance is not only influenced by the quality of our education but also by EPA community building – both between students and between students and staff; we have an introduction week and regular get-togethers, there is a very active student body, international dinners organized by students themselves, and much more. To find out more about the students and their projects, please have a look at the EPA student stories page