Structuring your MSc

The Master programme Aerospace Engineering has a common outline for all tracks. Each track is composed of core, profile and elective courses, a literature study, an internship and the thesis project Information on when the courses are taught can be found in the study guide. In MyStudyPlanning you can submit your elective courses for review.


The core courses consist of courses related to the department you are in. These are obligatory and cannot be swapped out for others. They enable you to develop a broad view over an identifiable field of aerospace engineering that spans across the expertise of the track and are essential for all the profiles of a track. The core courses form a solid package of approximately 15 EC.

Next to the core courses, every master student has to do two general common courses:

  • Ethics and Engineering for Aerospace Engineering (WM0324LR)
  • Research Methodologies (AE4010)

It is advised to combine the latter one (Research Methodologies) with your literature study. For the course Ethics (WM0324LR) timely enrolment on Brightspace is compulsory; deadline is two weeks prior to the start date of the course. In addition to a general enrolment in Brightspace you should also enroll in a specific tutorial group.

The profile courses are track specific and are essential for the field of expertise of the section and enable you to develop a thorough and detailed knowledge of that field. Profile courses can also be produced by other sections or faculties. The profile courses have a study load of approximately 15-20 EC, and are pre-defined.

The elective courses provide you the flexibility to specialize in a certain (sub-)field of expertise, add multi-disciplinary elements or extend your knowledge on courses you have some difficulties with. The elective courses are selected in consultation with the track coordinator. Every track has a list of preferred electives, which are related to the track, but it is also possible to choose other electives.

Literature study

The literature study is a preparatory research assignment for your thesis. The literature study has a fixed study load of 12 EC and is supervised, coached and assessed by your future thesis supervisor. The deliverable is a literature review that is assessed by your thesis supervisor on the content and by the instructor of the course Research Methodologies on the methodologies used. It is therefore advised to combine this course with Research Methodologies. You can find the method of assessment of the Rubrics here.


The internship exposes you to a real work environment for a period of twelve weeks on a fulltime basis (nominal study load of 18 EC). For more information on the internship, you can visit the internship gate and enroll yourself on Brightspace for the course AE5050.


The master is concluded by a thesis project (42 EC). The thesis is always an individual in-depth research project or expert design project in the field of expertise of the Profile. Before you start your thesis, you should have finished all your courses, including Research Methodologies. Finishing the course Research Methodologies is essential, as this course helps you to set-up a good thesis proposal.


Together with your track coordinator you can conduct a coherent Master programme consisting of the above components and you can take together a look at the optimal planning. When you compose your program it’s important to take into account the schedule of the different elective courses. Make sure you do not choose courses which overlap with core or profile courses.

Some of the aspects in the Master, especially the internship and thesis, will take time to prepare for. Be sure you start early with organising your internship, preferably around 9 months before the planned date of departure. We also advise you to think of a thesis project in advance to avoid any study delay. Useful information about the thesis process can be found here.

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