2. Specialisations


The introductory TIL Fundamentals gave a good impression of the scope and variety of the TIL master programme. The Specialisations help you to take more control of the direction and content of your study.

Each Specialisation has at least six courses.
We understand that it is not always straightforward to choose the most suitable Specialisation. To help you decide, we organize a yearly Specialisation Workshop, where each of these is discussed together with other main courses, such as the TIL Design project and the TIL Thesis project. The date and time of this event are published on this page.
During this Event we also present the 4 TIL Toolboxes. They visualise the core themes and application areas of each Specialisation. There is no reference to specific courses in a Toolbox, because we want to express the commonalities between the courses.
The four available specialisations are:

  • Specialisation P - Policy: Infrastructure, Planning & Environment
    Planning, policy making, project management, assessment, behaviour of actors and organisations. 
  • Specialisation D - Design: Transport Systems & Networks
    Design, monitoring and management of transport systems and infrastructure.  
  • Specialisation O - Operations: Traffic, Technology & Control
    Operational management, methods and technologies to control traffic, vehicles and other machines.
  • Specialisation E - Engineering: Transport, Logistics & Supply Chains
    Control and optimisation of transport and production networks and the supply chains to which these belong.

A certain overlap between the specialisations is due to the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and the requirement that each TIL master student acquires a basic set of knowledge, skills and understands how to use (advanced) tools, regardless of specialisation.


You must choose one of these specialisations and successfully complete all its courses.
You are allowed to choose more than one Specialisation within the MSc TIL.
Article 4 of the Annex of the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) applies.

Relation with final thesis project

According to TER Article 7.3 you can start your thesis project TIL5060 while lacking at most 5 points from your Specialisation and fulfilling the other obligations mentioned.