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 our new TU Delft location? Work with up to date modelling tools that prepare you for the work field and enjoy excellent job prospects after graduation? Then register for the MSc programme Engineering and Policy Analysis.

Degree: Master of Science Engineering and Policy Analysis

Credits: 120 ECTS, 24 months, full time

Starts in: September

Language: English

Location: The Hague/Delft

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

Scholarships: Tuition free scholarships available

What you will learn

The two fundamental themes of the EPA programme are policy and politics and analytics, modelling and simulation. The central focus is on analysing and solving complex problems that involve many parties with conflicting interests. Such problems require solutions that not only solve the technological aspect of it but also to address the societal and political aspects of it by interactions and participation of different parties involved. Free access to information on the internet and the costs of internet access on your mobile are examples of such issues. 

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 taps into 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. This requires socio-political skills.

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.

The first year of EPA is taught in a distinctive location in the city of The Hague.

Interdisciplinary approach

At the heart of the EPA programme lays an interdisciplinary approach, in which technology is no longer sufficient for solving the problem; we need to consider organisational, legal, administrative, commercial and managerial aspects as well.

An 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 drinks, there is a very active student body, international diners organized by students themselves, and much more. To find out more about the students and their projects, please have a look at the Student activities page