HPM Infrastructures and Environment

TU Delft offers talented and motivated students the opportunity both to invest more time in their own area of study and to broaden their horizon at the same time. Are you ready to take on an extra challenge and broaden your horizon beyond your regular course of studies? And are you interested in urgent societal issues within the domains of water, mobility, logistics, energy, infrastructures, and environment, and eager to learn how to develop innovative solutions? Then the Honours Programme Master (HPM) Infrastructures and Environment may be just what you are looking for!

The HPM Infrastructures and Environment is an interfaculty Honours Programme Master offered by the Delta Infrastructures & Mobility Initiative (DIMI) and the TU Delft Transport Institute, in close collaboration with scientists from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (Arch), the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) and the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE). The programme focuses on urgent societal issues within the domains of water, mobility, logistics, energy, infrastructures, and environment. Challenges, such as the effects of climate change, on-going urbanisation and energy transition are drivers of change and bring on all kind of societal issues on water safety, water management, accessibility of cities, availability of resources, recycling of materials and the renewability of energy sources. The drivers of change and issues will have impact on the (daily) urban system, vital infrastructures, the built environment and liveability in general. Especially delta cities worldwide will be challenged to be more adaptive and resilient in order to become sustainable. The complexity of these issues calls for an integrated approach from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The focus and scope of the programme will be on Delta cities as the research and design objects where urgent societal issues on water, mobility, logistics and energy could emerge and could deteriorate or disrupt all kind of urban (sub)systems and vital infrastructures. Good governance and innovative technological solutions could enhance the adaptivity and the resilience of cities in order to contribute to a better and a sustainable living environment.

About the programme

The HPM Infrastructures and Environment as a whole amounts to 20 ECTS and comprises 4 courses:

  • Critical Reflection on Technology (UD2010, 5 ECTS): a mandatory course for all HPM students of TU Delft. In this course you will learn to adopt a well-reasoned position on ethical and methodological issues.
  • Urban Environments and Infrastructures (4413UEINFY, 6 ECTS): this course offers you the unique opportunity to acquire knowledge of sustainable urban areas from an engineering, a design and an institutional point of view.
    • TIL Scientific Assigment (TIL6020, 7 ECTS): this course gives you the opportunity to participate in a concrete, interdisciplinary research project in the field of Transport, Infrastructures and Logistics (TIL).
    • Infrastructures and Environment Seminar (AR9050HPM, 2 ECTS): in this course you will organise a seminar where designs/solutions around climate change (water, heat islands), population growth and urbanization (metabolism, mobility, ecology, finance, governance) and energy transition (renewable, decentralized and efficient supply) will be presented and discussed with sectorial stakeholders, students and staff.


The courses are distributed over two academic years and run parallel to your regular Master’s programme. Please refer to the study guide for a full description and the scheduling of the courses.

During the programme you will be supervised by scientists from the participating DRI’s and groups from the faculties. Due to the set-up of the courses in year one additional teambuilding activities will be organised, such as excursions to companies, sessions with practitioners, debates with scientists - all in an informal and stimulating setting.

What are the requirements?

The admission requirements for the HPM Infrastructures and Environment are:

  • An average grade of 7.5 for a completed TU Delft Bachelor’s degree or comparable average and degree if you graduated from another university;
  • A high level of motivation to participate in the programme.

Please note that the HPM Infrastructures and Environment starts only in the fall semester. Only students who are taking their first semester of the Master’s programme can apply. The HPM Infrastructures and Environment is not open to exchange students.

What is in it for you?

If you successfully finish your Honours Programme Master as well as your regular Master’s programme within two years you will obtain an Honours certificate signed by the Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft. This certificate states that you have finished the Honours Programme Master in Architecture and the Built Environment (please note that both the students from the HPM Architecture and the Built Environment and the students from HPM Infrastructures and Environment receive the same certificate). More importantly though, you will gain research experience in a dynamic academic environment and build up an interesting network of fellow Honours students and researchers! 


Interested in participating? Application and selection takes place each year in September/October. All BK students are informed about this via their student mail in September. Send your application to the coordinator of the Honours Programme Master (HonoursProgramme-BK@tudelft.nl). Your application must include:

  • A written motivation letter (± 300 words)
  • A mini portfolio (max. 3 pages A3)
  • Examples of your research results such as an article, exhibition, an analysis carried out as part of an internship or final essay of the course Academische Vaardigheden 3 (BK6AC3)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • In your email please include your Master’s programme and track and your 7-digit student number

The deadline for application is Sunday 13 October 2019. Based on the application documents we receive, the Honours Committee will make a selection of students who will be invited for an interview which will take place in October.

Please note: Only students who started with their MSc programme at our Faculty in September prior to the application period can apply. If you started your MSc at our faculty at an earlier moment it is unfortunately not possible to apply.