Admission and application

Applicant information

Applicants seeking admission to the MSc Programme in Science Communication should have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the natural sciences or technology subjects, related to those taught at TU Delft. To determine whether you are eligible for admission, please visit (for students with a Dutch degree).

See detailed information on applications for:

Please note that the name of this track will change to Communication Design for Innovation per 1 September 2020.

Temporary measure on Bachelor/Master transition because of COVID-19

The Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule (‘harde knip’ in Dutch) is the legal provision that states that a student must first complete their Bachelor’s or Pre-Master’s programme before they can move on to a Master’s programme.  In order to limit possible study delays and related adverse consequences due to COVID-19, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has allowed universities to put temporary measures in place for the transition from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s programme.

For more information see Transition from bachelor to master.

Measures applicable for applicants in the SEC programme:

  1. BSc students who have a deficit of maximum 15 EC of an appropriate BSc program from TU Delft on August 31, 2020, have access to both tracks of the TU Delft MSc program Science Education and Communication.
  2. There are no specific requirements with regard to the courses obtained within the bachelor's programme.
  3. A compulsory study planning (in consultation with the academic counsellors) should be delivered before the start of the academic year 2020-2021, ensuring the completion of their BSc programme before Sept. 1, 2021.

Application procedure regarding the temporary relaxation of the Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule

If you wish to make use of the Faculty of Applied Sciences’ temporary relaxation of the Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule scheme (Regeling Zachte Knip MSc programmes Applied Sciences) for the master Science Education and Communication, please fill out the application form ‘Request Zachte Knip’ and sending these to the programme coordinator (Suzanne Karssen-Minekus, A study plan for 2020-2021 forms part of the application; you can draw up a study plan together with the academic counsellor (Pauline Elshof,

In addition, please also re-enrol via Studylink in your current bachelor of pre-master programme. You also should enrol in the master Science Education and Communication. Registration will be an interim registration until the degree is the master's program is completed. See the TU webpage for more information.

Required appendices:

When to submit the application
The deadline for submitting an application is 31 August 2020. You will be informed by 7 September at the latest whether you may take Master’s courses while finalising your Bachelor’s degree programme.

We recommend that you submit your application well before the deadline; you will then be informed sooner whether you may make use of the temporary relaxation of the Bachelor’s­before-Master’s rule scheme.

What will happen to your application?
The Master’s degree programme will assess your application and decide whether you qualify for the Faculty of Applied Sciences’ temporary relaxation of the Bachelor’s-before-Master’s rule scheme. You might be asked to adjust your study plan or be invited for an interview to discuss your study plan before you are granted permission to make use of the scheme.

If your application is rejected, you may lodge an appeal against the rejection with the Examination Appeals Board.

What if I need to amend my study plan, for example due to timetable changes?
Your study plan may possibly be amended later on in the year in consultation with the academic counsellor.

Application deadline:
31 August

Please note that students applying for the 2-year and 3-year programme need to compose a programme proposal before starting the programme in September. Therefore, we advise students applying for these programmes to apply before 1 August.